Hello dear creators!

This month we are happy to introduce you to a talented girl from Bulgaria – Kristina, known as k_vatova4418 on eYeka. Krisi is a great artist who has already won 3 prizes on eYeka and keeps sharing with us  her creativity and positive view on the world! Let’s learn more about her!

Tell us about yourself. Where are you from? What do you do outside of eYeka?

I am from Plovdiv, Bulgaria. I am 25 years old and I graduated National Art Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria. I studied Fine Arts specializing in printmaking. Outside of eYeka I participate in a lot of international fine art exhibition all over the world. Fine art is my passion but 2-3 years ago I started to find same passion in graphic design! The great thing of being an artist is that we can find art in everything we do. My goal is to develop my creativity every day and eYeka is the perfect platform for this!

Why did you join eYeka and why do you participate in online contests in general?

I was still a student when I started to participate in online contests. This is the perfect job! I am able to choose in which contest I want to participate and when I want to work. Working as a freelancer gives me the freedom I need. Before I knew about eYeka I participated in other sites where mainly were contests for logo and stationary design.  In 2014 I met one friend and he told me about eYeka…He already had won one prize. I created my account but when I saw how serious and famous the brands were in the competition, I thought that the level was too high for me.  For two years I didn’t participate in any contest on eYeka, but I had successful events in other sites. So one day, I just woke up and told myself that I should try to participate in a contest on eYeka. For four months I won 5 prizes and I am really happy that I had the courage to express myself in this contest! I am glad to be a freelancer, because I can work from every part of the world in any time I want.

You joined the community not a long time ago and have already won several prizes from global brands! How can you explain this success?

Every time when I read the brief in a contest, I start to think not like designer, but like a customer. What design or poster can surprise me and how can I be impressed by new product in store? And right after I can answer on these questions, I am starting to work like designer. I always try to find the most interesting idea and make it a reality! With each contest designers learn from each other and develop their creative thinking. And here on eYeka every contest is full of original and amazing ideas from designers from all over the world! I learned so many interesting things from different designers since I work in this site and I hope some of them also learn something from me. I think success is result of a lot of work, learning and exchange of ideas.

Do you remember your first victory? What did you feel?

My first victory was with package design in contest from brand Ferrero Rocher. I felt amazing when I received this message in my mail! I couldn’t believe it, because this was my first contest on eYeka and I won additional prize!

We loved your designs for eYeka 10 years anniversary contest! Tell us how did you create them? Where did you get the inspiration from?

When I saw this contest, I remembered that I had so many different ideas in my head. And I started to think and try to select the most interesting ones. Actually with the idea of paper planes first I made pictogram and after that I created the picture that is appropriate to it. In the idea of eYeka Nest I made it in opposite way…so I don’t have recipe for creating this entries, sometimes it is just happening J When I read the brief I was really inspired…and I think that eYeka helps so many designers to express themselves and I just wanted in return to give the best of me in this designs for eYeka 10 anniversary!

Tell us about your inspiration sources? Do you have favorite authors, directors, films?

I like to visit exhibitions of different artists in different countries and learn about their life. This is definitely one of the most important things that inspires me! I like to observe their big imagination and how far it had taken them. One of my favorite artist is Egon Schiele. About authors I really like Jerome K. Jerome and my favorite book is “The Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow”. I also like to watch a lot of movies and TV shows but here the list is too long. :)

Do you have any projects or works you are particularly proud of?

When I graduated my master degree I won award to go in Cite International des Arts Paris. This is art residence and it was amazing experience for me! I lived there for 2 months and it was great to see so much art history in one city!

What have you been able to do or to achieve with the prize you have won? Does that help you in your project of being a designer?

These awards gave me the chance to travel and to explore the world…which is really important for me to develop myself as designer and artist.

Can you describe eYeka in one short sentence?

eYeka is site that can offer you opportunity to go to the next level in your life!

Anything you would like to say to conclude? What advice would you give to new creators?

Thank you eYeka! I am happy that I am already part of this great community with so many talented designers! It is amazing to work with such big brands and I am able to challenge myself every single day. My advice to new creators is to not give up easily and to keep developing their imagination every day. Be creative! :)

 

Thank you Kristina for your sharing your story! We are happy to see you winning and growing on eYeka! Stay as positive and kind as you always are!