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This article was written on 28 Mar 2014, and is filled under illustrators.

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Bratislav Milenkovic

My name is Bratislav (30) and I am a freelance illustrator based in Belgrade. I have been working as an illustrator since 2007. I’ve been lucky enough to work with various clients such as: The New York Times, Financial Times, The New Republic, Computer Arts, Cap&Design, Wired, Bunch, Mikser Festival, Plus 8 Records, Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, etc.


When did you decide you wanted to be illustrator?
Eleven years ago I began my studies at Faculty of Applied Arts Belgrade as a graphic design student. However, during my first year I figured out that I actually more enjoy in producing the illustration work and I decided to change my department. After that I started to discover the work produced worldwide and at one moment I knew that there was no going back – I didn’t want to do anything else.

Would you recommend studying at art school?
I’ve had my doubts on this one but in spite of that I would definately say yes – art school can open many doors and get you surrounded with like minded people – which is, I think, very important for this job.

How long was it before illustration became your primary form of income?
I have worked freelance in two rounds – the first one started during the last years of studying in faculty and it lasted for 2/3 years. After that I worked at a local advertising agency for some time and I’ve been a freelance illustrator (again :)) ever since.


Could you describe your typical day?
At the moment, I am in between studios so I’m working from home. I usually get in front of my screen around 9:30, 10:00, picking up my emails, updating social networks, surfing around the web and starting to produce the work. At some moment, I usually go out for a coffee at local roasters (this one is A MUST – no matter what :)) and after that – go back to produce some more work. I am giving my best to come up with some new stuff everyday, whether I’m working for a client or on my own illustrations. Occasionally, evening hours are reserved for illustration/art-related reading or online research.

What do you wish you’d know when you first started out?
I wish I was more aware of the global illustration scene – definitely.

What’s the best thing about being an illustrator?
For me – it’s the beauty that you are surrounded with, while you are researching, getting inspiration or simply trying to create it by yourself.

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What’s the worst thing about being an illustrator?
Sometimes your thoughts can go in the wrong direction when spending too much time alone in front of the screen – which can result in having doubts in your own work and the path that you have taken.

If you weren’t an illustrator, what would you be?
I guess I’d run a bar or something like that!

Any other tips you could share?
I came across a really inspiring quote by Beverly Sills recently: There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. It sounds like a good one to keep in mind if you are doing this job. 🙂

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