May 2, 2018

POP UP CREATORS: SPOTLIGHT ON ZUZANNA DROZYNSKA

We’re very pleased to provide a short ‘spotlight’ on a few of the young artists that took part in the Pop Up Creators project from across the four countries. These haven’t been selected based on merit but rather to show a snapshot of the vast array of styles and stories that unfolded during this challenging but rewarding process.

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Zuzanna Drozynska is an Art and Design Foundation student at Banbury and Bicester College, continuing her practice at University of West of England studying BA Illustration. Zuzanna is a multidisciplinary creative who’s work consists of vivid colours, flat perspectives and comical imagery. She was mentored by Latvian artist Oskars Pavlovskis and her leporello has been published by Nobrow Press.

Where did you find inspiration for your story?

My graphic story is called What If, about a theatre ticket inspector’s aspirations of becoming a ballet dancer. The initial ideas came from the theme of my final major project at college, which was about shoes, identity and stereotypes, and especially focusing on occupational and gender stereotypes. My mentor from Latvia, Oskars Pavlovskis, helped me develop and improve the storyline, especially in making the character more relatable and likeable and adding small details in the background.

 

What were some of the challenges you faced?

The timeframe we had to complete the story and working in the format of a leporello were definitely the hardest parts of this project. I also wanted the narrative to be universal, for anyone of any age, background and language – which was very challenging.

 

What style did you use for your artwork and why?

I’ve always loved playing around with different colour palettes and flat shapes but I have never made a comic or used this style of drawing before. It was exciting to be able to experiment and learn something new! To make sure the storyline is readable by anyone of any nationality, I tried to pay lots of attention to the composition and use of colour to draw attention to each of the panels in a way that the viewer’s eye naturally follows the story.

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“One of the things that makes Zuzanna’s comic work so great is the simple minimalistic but jet precise and well-planned drawings for each panel.  She kept the illustration style so free and did not overthink it. This shows that she her own style and isn’t trying to follow a beaten path. I think this project is a very good leap for the students into the comic and illustration scene. It is not so often that you get the opportunity to get published on such a big scale and I hope that this experience will fuel further explorations in the comic and illustration scene for Zuzanna and other students from Banbury and Bicester College.”

Oskars Pavlovskis, mentor

 

“Throughout the process Zuzanna was very open to advice and guidance from Oskars. She had a clear vision of what she wanted to achieve in terms of visual style but was willing to experiment and explore alternative ideas for the storyline. Contact with industry professionals and an insight into design processes are two opportunities that I hope she will benefit from. Many of the students in this group are on the cusp of leaving college to pursue further study or work within the creative industries, and this project has not only allowed them time to develop exciting art for their portfolios, but also the opportunity to create freely without the restrictions of exam board criteria.”

Susannah Brown, teacher

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