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July 21, 2014

Coloring Book Interview Series, #4: Maria Garcia

I've been a long time admirer of Maria Garcia's colorful and adventurous illustrations. Her drawings have a certain magic to them that makes memories of my favorite storybooks from when I was a kid start resurfacing. Read on to find out more about Maria and see how she colored in her own page from our third volume.

DA: What's up! What was the most recent cool thing you did? MG: Well, I think this interview is pretty cool! Also, this year I took part in illustrating a childrenís book called "Soy artista" (I'm an artist) published by Oniro with some other illustrators, it was a really amusing project. Iím also happy I brought my website to life and started running a small on-line shop at society6. Right now Iím working on a childrenís book and Iím illustrating a card-based board game with my boyfriend that we expect to be able to present really soon. DA: No wonder your style really makes my childhood picture-book nostalgia twang. What are some of your favourite sources to derive inspiration from? MG: The first thing I do every morning is have a look at some art webs and platforms and checking for updates in the artists' blogs I follow. The internet is a wonderful gallery and source! Apart from that, I believe that going outside, meeting people, traveling, etc. are the best ways to get inspiration. DA: At what time and place does your doodling normally occur? Are there any specific hours or places that feel more productive for you than others? MG: Iím totally a daytime person. I like to wake up early and my productivity kind of dies with sunset. I have a little notebook that I carry around and use to sketch, especially on the train. But when doing "real" work I need a quiet environment, preferably with no one around, some music playing and nice views through the window. DA: Do you already have your characters in mind when you start drawing or do they just kind of grow organically from your pencil? MG: It happens both ways. When I have to define the characters for a book, I obviously have a slight idea of how I want them to be, but it takes a lot of drawing and redrawing to define them. When I make independent illustrations, for example the illustration I post accompanied by a short tale in my blog every Tuesday, I often imagine the whole story and its characters before starting drawing. Many times though, I just start working, doodling, adding colour and collage, and when itís done I check the result and give it a story. DA: Do you ever get stuck on one part of a drawing? If so, how do you work past that? MG: Yes, of course. If I can afford it, considering deadlines, I just change the activity and work in something else or take a break. Normally when I get back to it Iím able to see what wasnít working and I fix it. It also helps to look at the drawing from a different perspective or asking a colleague or a friend to have a look at it. If I'm still stuck or if I'm running out of time thereís no option but to "fight" itÖ and draw until it works. DA: That's a useful suggestion for fellow artists. What kind of stuff would you like to see yourself doing five years from now? MG: I'm focusing to get into the editorial world so I would like to be publishing childrenís books. I love creating my own stories but I really enjoy taking someone else tale and help bring it to life too. That said, I would be happy doing anything that allowed me to live from my illustrations. DA: Did you color in your own illustration in our Coloring Book Volume 3? Show us! MG: Yes and it was quite interesting! I was colouring my own drawing, but the fact that it was printed on the book and that quite a long time had passed since I made it made me look at it with different eyes, like if it was someone elseís work. DA: Thanks Maria! That wraps it up folks, you can follow Maria online at her website and on twitter.


L.K. Sukany
L.K. Sukany Posted Aug 21, 2014
So great! You can see Maria's art studio here.


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