Instagram: @carla__orozco Website: www.carlaor.com
1. What's your story? Where are you from?My name is Carla, I was born in Peru and I went to Switzerland when I was four. I grew up here in Switzerland, I did all my studies here and moved to London for 3 years when I was 26 and then came back. Switzerland is a wonderful little country where I feel good. As for drawing, I draw since I am a kid... My mum told me "you were drawing absolutely everywhere in the house. Even on the windows frame.". When I was a teenager, I drew a lot of comic strips. One day I wanted to throw them away, but one of my friends kept them for me. What a blessing!
2. Tell us about your aesthetic.I've made a long way to find my personal style.. As I said, I used to do a comic strip. Now, I do digital art and I am really into human shapes, plants, characters filled with bright colors, shades and textures. I would say my art is rather feminine, fresh, and textured.
3. What is your favourite medium and why?I mainly do digital. I love to start something with a certain idea and see how it will turn up. I usually work on my IpadPro with Procreate and if needed I use Adobe Illustrator (per example for vector design). What I love in digital art, is that I can edit or amend absolutely everything until I am happy with the final result.
4. What is your artistic process like?I usually start with an idea of what I want to illustrate and then I create a quick mood board on my phone, I select different color palettes, textures, styles, etc. After that, I directly start my sketches on my tablet. I usually end up with something different, but that's why I love art. There's no control.. You just have to enjoy what you do.
5. Who and/or what inspires your work?I love Malika Favre and Petra Eriksson.. They are so inspiring. However, I find inspiration when I run or do any sport. I get inspired walking in the street or when I observe people, my crazy friends, movies I watch with my boyfriend, music. Sometimes, it's just an old memory that comes in my mind. I also find inspiration when I sleep... I dream a lot, that helps!
6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?Art is like a world through our world. It is completely uncontrollable and that why is it beautiful. It really helps me to feel good. I remember when I was little, we went on holidays and I forgot to bring my pencils and notepad, I begged my mum to buy some at the nearest store cause I couldn't "live" without drawing. LOL
7. Where did you study?I am a self-taught illustrator, but I've studied graphic design as I love that field too. I did a lot of life drawing classes in London that helped me to feel comfortable with human curves and anatomy.
8. Where do you see yourself in five years?Honestly, I don't expect anything... No expectation, no disappointment, that's my leitmotiv. But surely drawing more and more.
9. What about in ten?Gosh, I don't know... I hope I'll be able to teach young people digital art :)
10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?Inspire other artists and being able to share my experience.
11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?I'm obsessed with a poke bowl at the moment. I love Peruvian food, of course, but I rarely go to a Peruvian restaurant because my mum is the best cook ever! So I'm always disappointed. Otherwise, I love everything that is tasty and spicy.
12. Favourite book?I like psychology books.... "Imparfait, libre et heureux" from André Christophe and "Awakening The Buddhist Heart" from Lama Surya Das. These are two books that needs to be read and re-read.
13. Favourite genre of music?I love techno, deep house, but also contemporary RnB and jazz. At the moment I listen to Vagabon new album.
14. What are your hobbies?Running, cooking and having drinks with my friends.
15. If you weren't an artist, what would you be?Mmmh maybe a psychologist as I would love learning about the human mind and behavior. Or maybe a dancer :P