Interview with Julia Bereciartu

We have been talking to Julia Bereciartu, a charming illustrator living in Madrid in a cosy flat with her crazy orange kitten Maggie. Julia’s artworks consists of little paintings of beautiful girls, illustrations of animals and children as well as vibrant collages from her Moleskine books.

Interested in her workday and her philosophy of life, we asked her to tell us more…

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Why and when did you start making art?
I’ve loved drawing and painting since I can remember, though I never went to art school. I studied communication and worked in advertisement for some years, but never stopped making art during that time. It was some years ago that I decided to fully dedicate my time to my first love, illustration, and I couldn’t be happier.

What kind of art do you make?
When I’m not doing illustration work for my clients I like to paint, specially watercolors. I also enjoy other media like inks, collage and digital.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Everywhere, specially movies and vintage photography. I also usually have the best ideas in the most unexpected places instead of when I’m at my studio.

What does your usual workday look like?
I wake up and feed the cat, eat breakfast myself and have coffee while I check my emails and such. Some days I go out for a run, some I’m too lazy and stay home. I have a shower, play with the cat for a while and then I sit down in my studio for the rest of the day, making small pauses but trying not to loose concentration. I usually stop working at 8 or 9 to make dinner and watch a movie or something. I don’t work well at night, I’m more of a morning person. When I’m not working on a specific project I tend to be pretty chaotic with my time, though.

How do you spend a perfect sunday?
Cooking something tasty and being lazy at home with my boy and the kitty, playing games or watching movies. If the weater is nice, I love going out for a walk or bike ride and have a glass of wine in a terrace.

What is your favourite taste of chocolate?
Any chocolate with nuts in it.

Show me your favourite artwork (from your own collection or another artist)
What a difficult question, there are too many, I couldn’t pick one.

Whom should we interview next?
I love the work of my friend Irina Troitskaya, she’s a super talented russian Illustrator and a lovely girl.

If you could have coffee with a famous artist – dead or alive – whom would you choose?
Hmmm… this one is hard too. But it would be nice to meet Edward Hopper, for example.

What is your philosophy of life?
Do what you love and love what you do