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
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 😛