It was a loooong way. I’ve always wanted to be an artist. I studied graphic design at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest. I started my career as a graphic designer. Soon I became an art director at a big advertising company, DDB. Working in this area was fine, but I missed something. Eventually, I realized that my job as a graphic designer wasn't bringing fun into my life any more, so I started looking for something else. I saw that drawing gave me the best feeling I’ve ever felt, so the rest came quite quickly. One of my friends was developing a children’s magazine application and he asked me to illustrate some of the stories. The three bears were born then. I started to share my work on the Internet and finally an agency found me. Good Illustration Agency is a London based agency and I have a really good relationship with them. If I could start my career again, I would begin as a children's illustrator.
Why do you love creating illustrations for young readers?
Because I can be funny and make many, many children laugh through my illustrations.
That’s an interesting question. I don't need to tap into my inner kid because I become kid when I draw! I feel happy and I am very open and creative. I see things as a child. It is very liberating.
What type of books for children do you enjoy illustrating?
My favorites are funny, humorous stories with a hilarious and surprising end. I prefer animal characters, but I like drawing human characters as well. I found that animals are very funny with cute facial expressions, and I use a lot of that in my illustrations. So I love funny stories with animals. My favorites are from Heather Pindar. She is the author of STRICTLY NO CROCS and BEWARE THE MIGHTY BITEY. I love both books very much. It was so much fun to work on illustrating them.
My mother and my father had really good manual skills. My father loved to draw just for fun. I learned a lot from him. My mother decorated the walls of my room with Minnie and Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. I was so happy as a child and this inspires me very much.
Life in the 70’s and 80's in Hungary was so much fun for me. Growing up, I was exposed to many kinds of illustrative styles. We had fantastic children's books (I still own a few!) and I loved the cartoons. Hungary imported cartoons from everywhere around the world. From the United States, for example, I loved the Flintstones. Plus we had our own cartoons. My favorite was a Hungarian one, Gombóc Artúr (Arthur Chubby--I can’t translate it exactly). Every Hungarian child knew him. He was a funny, plump blue bird who loved every kind of chocolate very much. I've just recently realized that my style is very similar.
What children's project(s) are you working on now?
I am working on a Brazilian folktale--The Boy and the Violin. The other project is a Spanish book about Mama Duck and her little son who travel for a while. And I have just begun a book about cats--a lot of cats! I love those cats!