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1. What's your story? Where are you from?I wasn’t that child that was always drawing. Neither had I talent for it. I started taking theater classes in my childhood and did it for over ten years. That’s when I became fascinated with creating characters, costumes and scenarios. Unfortunately, I stopped doing it when I went to college. After, as I went to study illustration in Barcelona in order to have an experience outside of Rio de Janeiro, I found a way to develop my scenic interests combined with my design skills. When I’m illustrating I feel like I’m the director of a great scene.
2. Tell us about your aesthetic.I try to bring simplicity and humor to all the illustrations that I create. Most of my works are done for the children, but I try to come up with images that can be interesting to all ages.
3. What is your favourite medium and why?I prefer to work manually because the result is more spontaneous. I like to combine different materials: pencils, gouache and watercolor.
4. What is your artistic process like?First I draw square grids on paper and try out many different ideas for the same scene. Those sketches are done very fast, just to put the ideas out on paper. Than I choose the best one and draw it bigger and with more details. When I’m satisfied with the outcome, I draw it again with ink. Next, I scan it and use the Photoshop for coloring, editing and refining.
5. Who and/or what inspires your work?I admire many illustrators, like Beatrice Alemagna, Catarina Sobral, Kveta Pacovska, Planeta Tangerina, Carson Ellis, Simone Rea…I could write a huge list!
6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?I try not to take life too seriously. I avoid getting bothered by small problems and always keep an optimist view. I feel like my work helps me with this. I could never work with something that didn’t involve imagination, creativity and a little bit of humor.
7. Where did you study?I graduated in graphic design at PUC-Rio. After working for 5 years in several design studios, I went to Barcelona to study illustration at EINA.
8. Where do you see yourself in five years? Working in an agency?I hope I’ll still be working as a freelance illustrator and have more clients from all around the world. For now I’ve only worked as an illustrator for other people’s stories, but I want to write my own stories too.
9. What about in ten?The same of 5.
10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?I love working on children’s books, I believe a good story can change people. So I try to do the best that I can to inspire kids all around the world.
11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?Japanese food
12. Favourite book?“Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari
13. Favourite genre of music?Most of the time I listen to Brazilian music. Our musical culture is very rich and diverse. I love Bossa Nova, Forró...And the artists Caetano Veloso, Céu, Lucas Santtana, João Gilberto, Marisa Monte, Moreno Veloso....and many others!
14. What are your hobbies?I like doing things that allow me to get in touch with nature and Rio gives me plenty of options to do so. I enjoy peaceful walks through parks, swimming in the ocean and chilling out by the waterfall.
15. If you weren't an artist, what would you be?Something related to the theatre. I started taking theatre class when I was a child and did it for over ten years. I’m not sure if I could still make it as an actress, but I’m very interested in stage design and costumes.