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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Talented Artist - Telari - Interview & Giveaway

About Telari

Apart from painting and drawing, I also enjoy writing, various crafts (such as bookbinding, sewing, and jewellery making), gardening, gaming, visual kei, astronomy, reading, studying Japanese, riding my bicycle, and drinking coffee.

My favourite books and manga are: Kaze no Tani no Naushika, Death Note, Metro 2033, Howl's Moving Castle, Akatsuki no Yona, Parasyte, and Noragami.

Shows, movies, and anime: Firefly, Farscape, Samurai Champloo, Cowboy Bebop, Monster, Zankyo no Terror, DRRR!, Studio Ghibli animations, Interstellar, Ringu, The Ghost in the Shell, Mononoke, and Sucker Punch.

My favourite game of all time is Morrowind. As for music, I like MUCC, Dir en grey, and Kradness.

I graduated at WSTI in Katowice, Poland, in graphic design, with top grade with honours in March 2015.


Website // Patreon // Tumblr // Twitter


1) Can you tell our readers a bit about yourself?

Hi! My name's Telari, I'm an agender person in my mid-20's and I live in Southern Poland. I'm an illustrator and comic artist by trade, and I also enjoy other manual creative crafts, such as bookbinding or sewing. In my time off, I usually read books or manga, or watch anime. I pretty much live on coffee and green tea.

2) What’s the inspiration behind your work?

There is plenty I could mention, but the biggest roles play Visual Kei, 1980's-1990's sci-fi imagery of future (such as in the movie Blade Runner, Akira, Nausicaa of The Valley of The Wind, or Ghost in the Shell), cyborgs, China and Japan, and my native region of Silesia.

3) Where did you learn how to make illustrations?

I've been drawing a lot ever since I was little, but I got more seriously into it when I was around 16-17. I drew what I liked, and since I also happen to be a major bookworm and game nerd, I was drawing lots of fan arts - which, in case of the books, often ended up being illustrations at the same time. I was writing short stories on my own as well and illustrating them on occasion. So up to that point, it was all mostly home-grown skill, which I later refined a little when I studied graphic design at my university.

4) What does your work place look like?

Since I'm always working, it's always in a state of mess (unless I'm dusting, which I absolutely despise doing as I'm allergic to dust) that I control by stuffing most of the smaller tools into empty cookie or tea boxes... well, the results vary, but I don't have any problems with finding what I need at the moment. Though no matter how big a desk I get, I always run out of space.

5) You make bookish items, where does your love for books come from?

That started with my paternal grandmother who reads books by tons and has a taste for sci-fi in particular. My father got the interest from her, and it also passed along to me, and I was reading full-out novels by the age of 8-9.

6) Can you tell a bit more about how you started your store?

I started out with offering things related to history reenactment - early medieval clothing and accessories, particularly made in Viking style. At that time, I have concluded my own active participating in the reenactment, and had a lot of things from it that I wanted rather to be used by new owners than just to lay abandoned in my wardrobe. But since I'd already set up a shop, I also decided that it would be a good idea to put up for sale other things I create, from my pictures, to prints, to the crafty stuff. And nowadays, as I had sold off all the Viking supplies, it's the pictures and crafts that remained in my shop.

7) What kind of materials do you use and how do you find them?

For my paintings, I most often use ink, watercolour, and gouache on thick watercolour paper. As for things like making sketchbooks or other crafty things, I often recycle materials I can find around, like hard cardboard for the covers is and old cover I clip to my drawing desk; or fabrics that were leftovers from my hand-sewn clothes or clothing adjustments, and so on. I do my best to make as little waste as possible.

8) Where does your love for fantasy come from?

From my grandmother as well. One of the first novels I've ever read was The Hobbit, and ever since then I've been hooked on the fantasy and sci-fi genres, and the infinite range of possibilities, of developing wild ideas they give.

9) Your work is inspired by stories, what kind of stories do you like to read and which ones give you the most inspiration?

Aside from what I've already mentioned earlier, a big influence on me has had Diana Wynne Jones' Howl's Moving Castle, Sir Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, Nihei Tsutomu's BLAME! and Knights of Sidonia, Arakawa Hiromu's Fullmetal Alchemist, or Ishida Sui's Tokyo Ghoul.

10) What are your plans for the future?

First of all, keep growing and investing in my skills, and looking for new sources of inspiration. As for more material things, I'm planning to publish two new artbooks in the nearest future, and I'm working hard on my first comic, of which I've been posting glimpses on my Patreon page lately.


One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive three postcards from Telari, a second winner will receive two postcards and three others will receive one postcard.

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The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.


  1. The quality and design look amazing. Unique, fun and lovely colours too.

  2. Your artwork is gorgeous and so different and unique!I love it!

  3. The quality of your art is spellbinding, beautiful work.

  4. Love the bookmarks - anything dark and brooding catches my eye!!

  5. Ohh pretty, dark and twisted, cool

  6. Everything is so beautiful done.

  7. I love your artwork, it is so cool. You are very talented and I can see the passion in your work.

  8. The bookmarks are outstanding! You're very talented.

  9. These postcards look incredible!!

  10. I love your art! Especially the owls! My niece collects owls so I might get her the bookmarks!

  11. Of the postcards people might win, I especially like the humor of the one with the umbrella, raincoat, and galoshes!

  12. Lovely designs - completely original

  13. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

  14. Wow, these are so unique and gorgeous. Very talented.

  15. I love watercolors~! These are amazing, the details are just superb♥♥

  16. I love your artwork. It's amazing cuz it's different!!
    Also the fact that you read manga and watch anime makes you cool in head. 😀