Anonymous said: Hi there! I've been interested in doing illustration for children's books for well over six years but only recently did I consider it a real possibility. :> Mostly thanks to you and a few other illustrators on tumblr, haha. Anywho, I know everyone's journey is different but how did you get started with kid's books? What was your first experience like? Is there anything you'd do differently? Thanks in advance; stay awesome~~
Children’s books was something I thought would be fun to do but didn’t really consider it as full time work so I guess it was part luck that I found Far Faria. I was fresh out of college and looking for a job, any job as long as it was illustration, and it was the first thing I saw on jobcity or some job listing site like that haha Right now I’m sticking to it, because it’s my source of steady pay, but I still do other side projects and commissions so i don’t go crazy. My first children’s book, surprisingly, was outside of work and it’s the only book so far that I made that was published in paperback form (since far faria is an ipad app) I was still in college and back then and my organization started making short children’s stories yearly to give to charity. It was a great experience. I got to experiment a lot with styles, and play around with character designs and collaborate with other artists to make the book. There are a lot of things I’d like to change technique-wise, but I guess that’s how it always is with art. You’re never satisfied with your old work and you think you can always do so much better. I just wish I could transfer that same energy to my work that feels a bit manufactured sometimes since we’re always pressed with deadlines. I still try to experiment though, and explore different styles and approaches to the stories given to me so it doesn’t feel stale. I figured if I’m going to be doing something until I vomit I might as well find ways to make it interesting for me. haha I’d still want to have my own story published as a book one day though. Something I can hold and flip through. I hope you do too! Cheers!
Anonymous said: your Cinderella illustrations are beyond magical. I just love it when artists draw inspiration from their own culture. I'm also from South Asia and was unsure about drawing inspiration from Indian culture for a comic... but you've inspired me to do just that ^^
Thank you! I’m really glad this inspired you to take more from your own culture! I think sometimes we look outward too much that we forget about how rich and beautiful our own culture is. There’s so much to take pride in, and it would be even better if we could share it with the rest of the world so they can see it too. :)
speakerofthestars said: I think it still holds true since Drawing class helps with the ability to art thing. [I’m running a 2 year super condensed version of the new curriculum]
See 6 years ago I would’ve said no, and the only drawing class you’ll ever get are electives in your third year. lol Now I feel like a dinosaur.. / q \
Anonymous said: hello! when taking information design, do you ""need"" to be talented in drawing/arts in general? My ability with art isn't consistent and I've been kind of interested in maybe taking information design as well. Thank you and have a lovely day! :)
Hi! To my knowledge ID doesn’t require you to be talented in drawing since it’s not really a course that focuses on studio design. It does help to know photoshop, illustrator, and indesign though, but you don’t need to pressure yourself in to learning them now since they will still teach you. It’s been 2 years since I graduated, so I’m not really sure if this still holds true since I heard they’ve changed the curriculum for ID. Good luck and I hope this helps with your decision!