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It's always a pleasant surprise to hang around on MINIspace and find fresh and inspiring talents. Miroslav Kostic is one of those. We met the young Serbian designer for our portfolio of the week series, and talked about comics, Serbian street art and extra-terrestrial experience...

Hey Miroslav, it's great to have you here. For a start, can you please tell us what you are doing?

 

I'm harassing guys to do sound effects for my upcoming animated movie. They are awesome people and they are doing it in the best way they can, but I have to be a pain-in-the-ass director so we can finish everything for the PISAF 2008 Animation Festival.

 

The influence of comics is highly visible in your illustrations. An old passion you developed in your childhood?

Everybody keeps saying that! No, the thing is, I didn't read comics when I was kid. Here in Serbia we only had Italian comics like Dylan Dog, and other comics by Bonelli. We didn't have any DC or Marvel comics. So when we discovered those in the late nineties, we all wanted to do something like that. Today my style looks a lot like that because comics are still fresh in my mind.

How have you developed to become the artist you are now? I read that you went to an art school to become a professional designer!

Yes, I went to the high school for graphic design, and after that to the Academy of Art to study graphic communications, but my schools didn't make me the man I am today. That was the work I did outside of school, from graffiti and street art through to comics and freelance design.

Describe your style in five words...

Modern, colorful, sharp, designed and aggressive.

 

What about the creative scene in Serbia? Is there an interesting underground?

No... I live in the second largest city in Serbia, Novi Sad. And when I stick my sticker onto the road sign, it is the only sticker there. Sad... Artists here are more concerned about making money than making art. There are a few graffiti crews, and that's it. It used to be better, but now I can't remember the last time I saw new graffiti.

Tell us something about the projects you're working on right now. You are making an animated movie?

I'm trying to finish my first animated movie. I have done everything, all that is needed is music and sound effects. And that is the biggest problem: I am simply not talented in making music. So, I have to rely on other people - and they are not really reliable. My motto is: If you want something done, do it yourself. 
I have also started a UFO website, where people can put their sightings online and talk about them. I must say that I'm not a UFO freak; I am just amazed with the idea. And you have to imagine how exciting it can be to be a mediator between people who claim to have had extra-terrestrial experience.

Where do you get your inspiration from? Is there something like a main theme that runs through your art?

I get my inspiration from everything, but mainly from the web. On the web there are places where you can see art from people who have never published anything, but who are brilliant when compared to people who publish their stuff everyday, and whose art is lacking so much. I am inspired by both of these types of people. 
I am also inspired by great works of art by the old masters - but who isn't!

Have you got your hands on some interesting projects for the future? Any plans for what will be next?

Well, I am planning to do a graphic novel with my own story. The working title is: Adventures of Bep Kororoti. It is going to be a story about Bep Kororoti, a myth derived from Kayapo Indians.

Whose work do you really appreciate at the moment?

 

I really like the work of Gennady Tartakovsky, an artist who created cartoon characters such as Samurai Jack, and Dexter of Dexter's Laboratory, and who also made a Star Wars Clone Wars cartoon. I think that guy is doing a good job, but he is not appreciated enough.