Wer ist eigentlich Asya Koleva? Und was mag/macht sie für Kinderbücher? Drei Fragen an die Illustratorin und Autorin aus Bulgarien.
– How did you start to illustrate books for children (and young people)?
Drawing was my parallel life while studying languages (English, Hungarian, Russian), literature, linguistics through high school and university. I’ve been taking various drawing classes since my childhood, I drew all the time, it was who I was but it took me some time to realize it. So in my mid 20-es one morning I woke up and said to myself – that’s it, that’s what I want to do for my living – I want to draw. So, I went for a Masters in Graphic Design, found a job in a weekly newspaper where I made illustrations and infographics on a daily basis. It was the best school I’ve ever had. Meanwhile I took part in a number of book-design and illustration projects, etc..
Then I became a mom and suddenly all my ideas and dreams of children books and products that I carried inside for so long started to jump out of the blue. And they were very eager to materialize. My kid was my engine 🙂
So I quit my job and created a small editing house where I give life to all sorts of weird ideas as an author and an illustrator (hopefully soon more talented people’s ideas too :).
Dann wurde ich Mutter und plötzlich, wie aus dem Nichts, sprudelten all meine Ideen und Träume zu Kinderbüchern und –produkten, die lange tief in mir geschlummert haben, aus mir heraus. Und sie wollten unbedingt realisiert werden. Mein Kind war mein Antrieb
Also kündigte ich meinen Job und gründete einen kleinen Verlag in dem ich alle möglichen und unmöglichen Ideen als Autorin und Illustratorin (und hoffentlich bald auch die Ideen von vielen anderen talentierten Künstlerinnen) zum Leben erwecke.
– Which of your books should everybody be familiar with (and why)?
I’ve illustrated two books so far and I think both of them are very precious because they tell some real-life stories in a poetic way… One is „How Book Is Made“ – my first book as an author and illustrator – which tells about all stages of creating a book.
The other one „Ray and Drop“ (author Denitsa Ilcheva) is about the adventures of two little rain drops who got separated but eventually they come together through the circle of water and the power of their love…
– Which theme or motif would you love to work on in a children’s book some day?
I’m interested in telling the children more real stories from our world – in words that are close to them… I’d like to show them that the world we live in, and life itself is a miraculous place – even with its problems, and imperfections.