Living in Bogotá, Colombia, Carolina Rodríguez Fuenmayor is an illustrator freelancer, who also works in a vinyl store, and when she is not creating art, you can find her with her cats and doing a little bit of gardening. Carolina’s art process starts when she sits for hours to look at references, the works of her favorite illustrators and all kinds of images that inspire her. And when she has the right approach she makes doodles that help her to understand the composition. The whole process can take her a day, three days or a month, depending on the client whom she works with and her motivation. Keep reading this exclusive interview to get a closer look into Carolina’s style!

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TH: What are some things artists need to deal with?
CR: To have to define her/his style. 

TH: What is your approach to graphic design?
CR: I could say editorial illustration. 

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TH: What is your favorite theme to design?
CR: Images that tell stories and to do it, I like to use elements of the sea, space, nature and for some reason, Japan.

TH: Do you have a favorite artist who inspires you?
CH: Righ now, I’m a super fan of Simon Prades, Robert Proch, and Xsullo. 

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TH: What inspires you and how do you stay motivated?
CR: Life in general, the desire to tell surreal stories that somehow made up my past and experiences; and have to pay rent and my cats’ food every month. (ha)

TH: What are some of your most memorable projects?
CR: I have worked for Simon & Schuster, one of my forvorite publishers. 

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TH: So far, what is the most important lesson you’ve learned about in your career?
CR: No matter if you have a great natural talent, if you don’t have discipline, they are going to eat you alive.

TH: If you could collaborate with someone, who would it be and what would be the nature of the project?
CR: In any project with Simon Prades. I’m intrigued by how he can create dream images with a small palette of colors. For me, to create something similar I have to use the whole rainbow.

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TH: Professionally, what is your main goal?
CR: Have my own editorial in which I can choose my own projects and my favorite authors.

TH: What advice would you give to someone who is going to start his/her career as an artist?
CR: To practice every day.

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TH: Are you currently working on a project that you want to talk about?
CR: At this moment I am doing private commissions. There are seasons in which I have the opportunity to work with magazines and publishers with long projects, and seasons in which I work more with individuals, right now I'm in one of those seasons.

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Learn more about Carolina Rodríguez on her website and Instagram.