Photo by Sahar Shamsian
You have such a unique style as an illustrator. When did you realize this was going to be your career?
Probably when I was 5 years old! I always loved drawing and painting and knew that this was the only thing I could, and wanted, to do with my career. I pursued art in college and when I graduated I sought out a path that would allow me to not only develop as a designer, but allow me to draw.
What do you love the most about what you do?
I get to tell a story through a visual language, that although it’s very personal to me, I am able to connect with a lot of people through it.
Your illustrations are so beautiful. What medium do you use?
Usually a mix between pencil, watercolor, and Photoshop!
We know you are very busy, but what do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I love to draw (ironically enough), hang out with my dog, Remy, and my friends. I also have a passion for discovering new music and new recipes to try!
Do you have a favorite book?
“Love is a Dog From Hell” by Charles Bukowski
What is your favorite song?
It’s a hard tie between “Walking On A Dream” by Empire of the Sun or “Gold Dust Woman” by Fleetwood Mac!
Who is your favorite artist?
Where do you want to travel next?
Japan! It has been my dream to go for years and this summer I promised myself that I would make it happen!
What do you always travel with?
Headphones, Mario Badescu Rosewater face spray, and chapstick.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Typically my illustrations are some interpretation of what’s going on around me, so there is a lot of satire and humor in them but also an expression of something I feel. So I’m a quiet observer. I also get inspired by music!
Who in your life has inspired you?
My mom is by far my biggest inspiration; she has done so much for me and has been my number one fan since day one. My friends are also a huge inspiration; every one of them is doing something cool and live their lives with passion.
What words of wisdom could you provide to others who are looking for a career in graphic design?
Don’t be shy. There is no right or wrong, kind of. Develop a style and run with it. I got a lot of “what are you going to do with that” remarks in college as I was getting my design degree and I would respond with “everything.” I jokingly have said that I want to write a book called: “How to live a creative life in an uncreative world” because it’s hard to navigate in comparison to other career paths. But don’t be afraid of creative pursuits! Listen to advice of from people you look up to and practice, every day.
What advice would you give your 18-year-old self?
What does empowering women mean to you?
Letting them be whoever and do whatever they want with unconditional support.
What matters most to you when you shop?
Making sure that the product I am getting hasn’t caused great harm to anyone or anything.
Which causes are you most passionate about and why?
Anything involving animal rights and activism. I love animals and don’t think we, as humans, have the right to abuse and neglect them for our benefit.
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Do you have a favorite quote?
“Mother told me a couple of years ago, ‘Sweetheart, settle down and marry a rich man.’ I said, ‘Mom, I am a rich man.’” ― Cher