1. What’s your story? Where are you from?
Hey there, my name is Annie! I’m a graphic designer from New York (the state part), living in New York (the city part), with a love for lettering and illustration.
2. Tell us about your aesthetic.
I tend to gravitate towards bold colors and clean lines, and keeping things relatively simple. But part of what I love about design is the constant changes in tastes and styles. Instead of sticking to a single aesthetic, I prefer to experiment and learn from other designers. Especially since I still consider myself relatively new to my design career.
3. What is your favorite medium and why?
Right now I’ve been spending a lot of time in Procreate. It reminds me of learning Illustrator for the first time and just being so overwhelmed and amazed at the endless possibilities. When I’m not doing digital work, I really enjoy using paint markers on cardboard. The cardboard was initially just a substitute for canvas, but it has turned into my go-to as my collection of cardboard continues to increase and my lack of real canvases perseveres.
4. What is your artistic process like?
My process always starts with sketching. I like to describe it as idea vomit. I need to just get everything out of my brain and onto a piece of paper before I can decide on anything. After I have a sketch down, I’ll take a picture and upload it to my computer. From there I’ll digitally recreate the sketch using Illustrator or Procreate, depending on the style I’m hoping to achieve.
5. Who and/or what inspires your work?
Being around other designers always keeps me inspired. Just learning about the creative processes of others and seeing how they approach certain challenges keeps me motivated and excited to make something new. I think that’s why I enjoy Instagram so much. Even when I’m not physically surrounded by other designers, I have a vast community of artists right at my fingertips!
6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?
Art has always been my life. Growing up, it was rare for a day to pass when I wasn’t drawing. It’s how I would pass the time, or focus in school, or process an emotion. It also helps me take in my surroundings. It’s easy to move through the day, especially in NYC, without noticing what’s happening around you. Drawing helps me take a break, and just observe.
7. Where did you study?
I studied Graphic Design at Binghamton University.
8. Where do you see yourself in five years?
I’ve never been one to have a plan that goes beyond a year. But I’d like to paint more murals, so in 5 years maybe I’ll be able to look back on this time as the phase of my life right before I painted a bunch of murals. As of right now, my priorities are still in maintaining a creative lifestyle and going to bed before 1am. Maybe in 5 years, I’ll make it to bed by 11 pm.
9. What about in ten?
Bed by 10 pm!
10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?
I really like to make people laugh and hope that my art can bring a smile to someone’s face.
11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favorite food?
Omg peanut butter without a doubt. I cook just because it gives me an excuse to find new ways to consume peanuts.
12. Favourite book?
Harry Potter. Picking a favorite Harry Potter book would be like picking a favorite child….but if I was stranded on an island with one of them? Half-blood Prince. Don’t tell the others.
13. Favourite genre of music?
Do podcasts count?
14. What are your hobbies?
Pre-pandemic hobbies included playing soccer and going to comedy shows. Current pandemic hobbies include sitting on my fire escape and eating Thai food (because of the peanuts).
15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
I would be so unhappy but I’d also have way better posture and more room in my apartment for things besides art supplies.