Justyna Stasik is the kind of illustrator your favorite illustrator follows on Instagram. Popular with seniors and babies alike (at least according to her Instagram bio), her work has a distinct tang to it. Minimalistic and flat, her characters have a unique charm to them, proving that wit can be achieved in the most basic of settings – with clever use of shapes and colors.
Born in Poland and currently based in Montreal, Stasik has gained the attention of huge brands and publications like Apple, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Sony.
But incredibly enough, she is entirely self taught, when it comes to her craft. “I never went to art school and I’m 100% self-taught,” she told Sense of Creativity. “At some point I’ve landed an internship at a small Polish tech startup creating iOS games for kids. I was offered a full-time position there and that’s how my career started.”
A creative spirit if we’ve ever seen one, Stasik grew up experimenting with collage making and illustration, before moving on to animation and graphic design. She now encourages others to tap into their hidden talents as well. “I don’t think it’s about learning the creativity itself but more about figuring out how to access what’s already inside,” says Stasik. “And that is definitely something you can learn later on in life.”
We’d rather take a nap.