I’ve always been interested in art since I was young, like many kids from my generation I was inspired by cartoons and animations. I did not know what I wanted to do as a job, but I knew that I wanted it to be in the arts field. As I got older and got more seriously involved with art, I started to follow other creatives on social media. I became aware that there was a whole community of small independent artists and freelancers who were creating their careers online. Ever since then that community has been my biggest driving force and inspiration; I long to be an independent creator who is able to design products for their own brand. I love package design, prints, and stationary; these are some of the things that I see myself working with and creating in the future. That is why for my most recent project I decided to work on postcards and prints.
As a designer I would like to think that my work is professional but also that it has some humor and is playful. As someone who can get very overwhelmed by things easily, I try to stick to more simple designs, which I think suits my work well. Funny enough this is the opposite of the things that I would create when I was younger. I would always do something very patterned; every space had to be filled. I believe that my style has changed a lot throughout college as I have learned more techniques and tools; focused more on trying to get my point across using as little words as possible. I believe that studying graphic design has opened my eyes to the more technical aspects of art, which is something I am very thankful for.
When coming up with a design the first place I go is to my sketchbook. I often have a hard time translating the ideas in my head into real life, so I have always found that drawing things out in rough sketches versus going straight to digital really helps me. I prefer using photoshop for digital drawing, and illustrator’s pen tool for clean designs. Normally there is no deep meaning being my work, I personally just want to make things that look nice and hopefully make people happy. Obviously as artists we are in a unique position as we are able to express our feelings and make statements through our craft, and I do try to do this with my work, but at the end of the day if someone tells me that my art made them smile then that is all I can ask for.