I am a designer, illustrator, and calligrapher living in Boulder, Colorado, USA. When I was a little girl, I was constantly drawing ... I would nestle myself into the craft room of our family home and draw a story while I narrated it out loud. The story invariably focused around a princess in some sort of peril -- mostly because I liked illustrating women in beautiful dresses! Not many of my clients request pretty princess drawings (their loss!), so I decided to seize the opportunity to make a fashion-forward, princess-like Crafterella for Cut Out + Keep. I had a lot of fun creating this piece!
Have you always been creative and artistic?
Absolutely ... but I think everyone starts out and remains creative and artistic, in some way.
How would you describe the style of your work?
My style is "creative elegance". It's always polished and meticulous, but there's also a handmade element to it. Though I work in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop often, all my designs are mostly worked with on paper.
What’s in your pencil case and what’s your favorite tool?
I consider my entire desk a pencil case -- and you can find anything in there, from India ink to crayons to my Wacom tablet. My absolute favorite tool is my oblique calligraphy pen holder fitted for a Brause EF66 nib. It was handmade by artisan Rodger Mayeda (who has an Etsy shop called Rodger's Pen Box), which makes it even more special. It's totally my Harry Potter wand.
Who is your favorite superhero?
My spouse, Hernán! He is a huge force behind The Postman's Knock's success. He built the TPK website from scratch and maintains it. He's always giving me frank feedback on my projects, which helps me to do things better. He's easily the smartest person I know -- he'll have his PhD in Aerospace Engineering next year!
If you could have one super power what would it be?
I'd love to be able to get places really quickly ... to go from being in Boulder to being in Rome in thirty minutes or less! I guess then traveling wouldn't be such a magical experience -- but how awesome would that be?
Where do you look for inspiration?
Pinterest, for sure!
Who are your favorite artists or comic book authors?
I don't think I've read a comic book in my life! As far as artists ... I admire pretty much every artist's work that I stumble upon. Lately I've been really in love with Phyllis Macaluso's calligraphy/envelope masterpieces (Instagram: @fpmmac), and I just worked with the supremely talented Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio (inkstruck.com) on a 2015 calendar. But, to be honest, I find inspiration in just about everyone and everything.
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