10 Questions With Hristina Hristova

Nov 2023
Illustrator Features
in 4 minutes
Victoria Holmes

What does it mean to you to be part of Skribbl and support human-made art?

It’s pleasure to me to take part of such a nice community of artists and to create art that can be useful for the people. It’s great that here I don’t have limitations in terms of an art style or a topic and I can show my work in the best possible way.

Describe your illustration style in three words…

Quirky, whimsical, childish

How did you get started in illustration… What’s your story?

My story is not the classical one when usually people start drawing as kids and it all comes naturally afterwards. When I was a kid I couldn’t draw and I’ve never felt like I’m interested in drawing at all. And it went that way till I turned 28 and one evening I started to scribble (no pun intended :))) some shapes on a piece of paper. I fell so much for it that in the next couple of weeks I drew almost every day and this is how it goes with it’s ups and downs for 5 years. I’m a self-taught artist and I feel that give me the freedom to not limit or frame myself.

How do you approach a new illustration?

With curiosity and patience. The illustration is something I’m developing in my mind so I’m trying to always be curious about my own self and to try again and again if something doesn’t feel right till it does.

What inspires you to create?

My own life, the hobbies I have, the things I see and the daily experiences.

Give us a tip for generating creative ideas?

Look at the other areas of your life. What do you like to do outside of the art field? Maybe it’s hiking, cooking, biking? Use that as a inspiration and combine it with your art. Draw a recipe of your favorite meal or draw a hiking route in the mountain you love visiting. The options are endless.

Tell us about your favourite illustration, or Skribbl topic to illustrate and why?

I don’t have just one favorite illustration but the topic I’m very much into is climate change and sustainable living. I believe every individual can do a change with it’s daily decisions and to give an example to the next generations. We have only one planet.

What’s the best piece of advice you can give to a budding illustrator, or someone just getting started?

Don’t compare with people who are drawing for years. Actually don’t compare with anyone, just get inspired by them. Everyone’s path and pace are different so it’s not fair towards yourself to compare and feel frustrated for not being perfect right from the start. The truth is we are all not perfect and we will never be. Just practice, practice, practice and you will see the change.

What does your workspace or studio say about you?

My creativity can be all over the place.

Who is your favourite artist or an artist who inspires you?

Oh, there are so many people who inspired me during the years so I would mention just a few – Lisa Glanz, Malika Favre, Lauren Hom, Jessica Hische, Christoph Niemann.

Draw yourself… Can be a doodle, abstract, whatever you want!

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