We first caught notice of illustrator Karolina Zolubak when we stumbled upon her “Preggo-Journals” – a candid illustrated journal she shared on Instagram, documenting the challenges of becoming a mother. But having learned since about Zolubak’s journey to becoming a full-time illustrator, we’re even more impressed.
Based in Berlin, Zolubak moved out from home at the mere age of 17 and started to study and work as a translator. But having gained a Master of Arts in communication and cultural studies, she found herself drawn back to the drawing table. “I’m a spiritual person who believes in the power of thoughts and wishes,” she shared in an interview with Strangerless. “I make a ritual of it every now and then to send out a wish to the universe.”
And so, come New Year’s Eve (almost three years ago to date), she sat down and looked deep within herself. “I wrote down: I want to develop professionally and leave my boredom behind me, I want to illustrate, to learn to draw and edit digitally, I want to create a portfolio of my drawings and (at some point) illustrate articles for magazines,” she recalled.”Also, I want to see something of my own in Flow magazine.“
Incredibly enough, and with a lot of hard work and dedication, her wishes came true. Nowadays, her work includes anything from editorial illustrations to personalized and individual illustrations. Here are some highlights from her feed: