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This year, artist Anete Bajāre-Babčuka received one of the most important awards for illustrators, the Golden Apple of the Biennial of Illustration Bratislava. The prize was awarded for her drawings for Inese Zander’s book Divas Almas (Two Almas), published by Liels un mazs. In it, Anete has managed to simultaneously depict two worlds: everyday life and nature, rich in details, as well as an invisible realm made up of stories and memories. In the Nice Touch section, the illustrator talks about a book that inspires her to find new approaches to drawing.

Nice Touch Editorial October 27, 2023

«Besides illustrating books, I’m quite an avid reader. I’m always on the lookout for quality books on illustration, and it’s not easy to find one that not only has great images but also interesting text. Lynda Barry’s Making Comics is full of engaging exercises and thought-provoking reflections on drawing that take you back to the basics and challenge assumptions about what good drawing even is.»

When creating her illustrations, Anete Bajāre-Babčuka draws inspiration from everyday life, finding the beautiful even in the messy. Her drawings are filled with tiny details that weave together into a unified tapestry. You can follow Anete’s work on her Instagram account.