Pristavec started to work on drawing techniques in elementary school at the age 9. He was mostly occupied with standard motives - landscapes, portraits, self-portraits, flowers. Through them he perfected his drawing skills, but was unable to go to the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana, because of family reasons. He nevertheless continued his work in graphic art, dry needle and linocut. He finally enlisted in the Academy in 1974, already proficient in several techniques.