Croatian-born Marija Knezić aka Marichoo studied at the Academie of Fine Arts in Zagreb. During her studies she developed a love for creating works that tell a story – a picture really does say more than a thousand words! To her a good illustration conveys lots of emotion and can get to the heart of the matter without words.
After working as a graphic designer in Zagreb for renowned clients, the big love brought her to Darmstadt, where she now works as an illustrator.
Marichoo’s big inspiration are the everyday things, but seen from a different perspective – which makes them seem magical, beautiful or absurd. She has a passion for medieval art, illustrations and illuminations that are full of detail, life and humour. Nevertheless, Marija is also inspired by Pop Culture and Social Media.
She primarily works in Procreate on her iPad. Occasionally she uses pen and ink – „Very oldschool“, she says, but she does enjoy the freedom of being able to work from anywhere when using her digital tools.
Her favourite subject are people. She loves depicting them for fashion, beauty and lifestyle images, and she also enjoys drawing portraits. Her contemporary works are often figurative, clean, graphic and colourful.
Surprisingly, Marija starts every project with a lot of writing. She notes down keywords, thoughts and ideas that are later combined in a sketch. Her favourite part of the process is colouring the image afterwards.
Marichoo is especially proud of her collaboration with Dutch Playboy magazine – her first big job as an illustrator. She created images for an excerpt of Mick Johan’s book „Totemdier Arafat“. It deals with drug experiences and the main character’s trip. It was a very provocatice, interesting work full of energy and gave her lots of illustrative possibilities to explore.
Marija would love to work for magazines like GQ, Vogue or Rolling Stone. She is excited by the creative freedom that editorial illustration provides.
Lately she has been drawn to paper art: Marija would like to create a room full of 2D and 3D cutout elements that surround the viewer and make them a part of it – like Augmented Reality, but for real!
Croatian-born Marija Knezić aka Marichoo studied at the Academie of Fine Arts in Zagreb. During her studies she developed a love for creating works that tell a story – a picture really does say more than a thousand words! To her a good illustration conveys lots of emotion and can...