Hello folks, meet our new favourite illustrator and ice cream enthusiast, Eva Stalinski! Eva is from Groningen, in the northern part of the Netherlands and graduated from Minerva Art Academy in 2015. She uses screenprinting to make a lot of her artwork, creating big, bold areas of bright colour, including fluorescent pinks, oranges and greens. Her Stalinski Super Store is well stocked with cute and colourful items such as her Floppy Puppy Dog t-shirts, ice cream sculptures, prints and pins. Lucy liked her Floppy Puppy Dog t-shirt so much that she bought one – it came in a really nice package with some great little freebies!
Eva finds inspiration in the very moments that she isn’t looking for it, like when she’s out walking her dog (who often pops up on her Instagram) when she’s trying to get to sleep. She says: “I also get very inspired watching other illustrators and artists online, just seeing how they do things. I love that with all the social media, especially Instagram, you get to see your favourite artist’s process and struggles too, instead of just the finished product. That always makes me feel a little bit better about myself, seeing people I look up to more as humans and not just incredible, super professional artists who never do anything wrong and never feel insecure about their work.”
Eva also shares instructional videos on Youtube about screenprinting. The videos have a lovely DIY aesthetic and contain a lot of handy information, but what we really love about them is that they show Eva’s unique way of doing things. The little details like hand-inking the stencils that are used to expose the screens, and the flower pot she uses for… actually we can’t work out what the flower pot is for! Watch the video and let us know what you think!
Eva very kindly sent us some scans of pages from her sketchbooks, have a look below to see how she develops her ideas. We love the loose, doodley lines and especially like the strange sad forest scene.