Growing up in Bulgaria in the 80s in a family of book lovers, I was immersed in the aesthetic of Eastern European books from an early age. I often copied my favourite illustrations, which fostered a love of drawing and illustration in particular. I followed this passion into the Bulgarian Academy of Arts, where I studied the intricacies of book design, typography and illustration under the strict guidance of some of my childhood heroes. Ever on a mission to further develop my skills, I later took a course in Sequential Design/Illustration at the University of Brighton, UK. My illustrations are hand-painted, expressive and with a strong colour palette.