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Office tale of Deda Darko, Illustrator for Politika A.D.

Office tale of Deda Darko, Illustrator for Politika A.D.

Published by Leonardo Calcagno

My name is Deda Darko., I’m a freelance illustrator with experience in editorial illustrations, book illustration, didactical/educational illustrations. Also I’ve got some time as animator on feature animated movie. You check my work at

Your current job :
-Illustrator for Politika A.D. (Magazine Politikin Zabavnik)

In which city are you located?
-Belgrade, Serbia

A word to define what kind of worker you are :

What tools are essential to your life (app, software, etc..)
I’m still keen to graphite pencils (2B and 4B), also some colore pencils. Photoshop and Wacom are my essentials, and last but not least is Painter 12.

What does your office space look like?
As a freelancer most of time spend in my home studio. And its something between overgrown teenage room and man’s den.

What kind of music do you listening when you are working ?
Most of time its radio SomaFm ( and/or my own selection of roots reggae music.

Do you have a way to organize your day to maximize your work ?
When deadlines are tight, I turn into a workaholic creep!

What tips would you give to improve productivity ?
If you’re aware of your priorities, certain pattern of dull routine is essential.

You’re better than your colleagues to :
Lack of sleep.

What is the best advice anyone has given you ?
“Fear is path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering” …this one is lame, …a better one: “Always pass on what have you learned” (both quotes by Yoda =)

What is your best tip for saving time ?
Sleep enough and have regular hot meals.

What is your routine start and end of the day ?
Checking my inbox, draft and sent mail, as well. Pencil sharpening is good exercise too.

Aside from your computer and your phone, what gadget can you not you go ?
-I’ m kind of 20th Century Boy. My phone is prepaid. My PC is updated, but out-dated tube screen is still in use… Well, is my bicycle ring a gadget…?