Naava's artistic career has been filled with adventures. From illustrating and writing children's books, to designing stationery and hand-lettering cartoons, there is always a new project to take on. She is a producer, a maker, a creator and a teacher.
In addition to raising two creative daughters (which has been her biggest project yet), Naava posts drawings about parenthood (and other magical things) on Instagram at @naavaonline
Have you always been creative and artistic?
Yes and yes. And yes again.
I've always been an "art major" in every sense of the term: as a student, as a professional, as someone who doesn't skip an aisle in a craft store. I have a "grocery list" in my phone, and I have a "things to draw" list. Guess which gets done first.
How would you describe the style of your work?
You reach a certain point in life when all of a sudden the most awesome things that happen to you seem to fly by so fast. Those are the moments that I like to draw. Illustrating those life experiences, especially as it connects to marriage or motherhood, is my way of slowing everything down.
What’s in your pencil case and what’s your favorite tool?
I would like to take this moment to officially say to my new Copic markers, where have you been all my life?? Not to be dramatic or nothing, but they have been life changing for my art. I will also accept any opportunity to use washi tape and glitter paint.
Who is your favorite superhero?
The 6 women my 2 girls are named after.
If you could have one super power what would it be?
I'm fine as is, but actually I would like my dog to have super powers so she could do some of the carpooling and perhaps a load of laundry.
Where do you look for inspiration?
I may be late to the party but I think Instagram is still amazing for artists. It's like the whole world is sharing a studio together. If you curate your feed carefully, it can be such a great tool. It's also shown me that most artists are up way too late.
Who are your favorite artists or comic book authors?
Lynn Johnston was my first art hero. Her cartoons were always sweet, funny, and loving. I consider her to be a major influence. I'm also a big fan of Katie Rodgers (fashion illustrator), Emily McDowell (greeting card designer), Rachel Ryle (stop motion animator) and Katie Daisy (painter). They're all highly creative women with an inspiring work ethic.
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