Carolina Fuenmayor is a Colombian freelance Illustrator who likes to play with color and all its possibilities in creating bizarre masterpieces. She also has a great desire for ocean that makes her think of having a very close relationship with it and that she can't leave it behind in her images. She believes that space is another form of underwater love. Find out more about her and her works in this interview!
How did you get started as an illustrator?
I started as a follower of many great artists on DeviantArt for no reason in particular while I was in highschool, I used to draw back then but I didn't think much about that being art or something of the sort, after some time I developed a huge interest to be as good as the people I was following online because it seemed for me that they were expressing everything they wanted so easily and somehow beautiful, I was jealous. So I began to practice, at first with pencil and then almost right away I wanted to give it a shot to Photoshop, so I did, every day, couple years later I enrolled in the university to study visual arts because I thought my expectations of the art world were a bit shallow, I realized that art school was worse, but somehow I learned about my process and some of the reasons of why I enjoy so much to create something, and here I am.
How do you come up with new ideas? Do you have a process? If so, what is it?
I do have a little thing I do before I start something, I like to browse through Behance or Deviantart to see the latest works of some of my favorite artists there, that inspires me a lot, I like to see their palettes, the way they use light, their subjects, etc, then I put my favorite music or the news on, and start to fill out the canvas. Most of the times I already know what I want, the concept at least, the idea may change in the process but I think the original thing always stays put.
What is the best experience you've had as an illustrator?
Hum. Working with talented people outside of my campus, for example, with a writer or with a music band. Currently I’m working with a writer and even though I cannot know much about the whole storyline or the characters I feel that my images are coming to life from the voice of someone else, I think that it’s incredible, that moment when you picture something in your head and somehow that picture resonates in the head of someone else.
What do you think is the greatest challenge facing by the illustrators today?
I think we illustrators are sometimes like musicians that would love to play in front a huge crowd, make them scream and be assholes through the whole show if they wanted but instead, they have to play jingles sometimes and give a few classes to idiots because well the money is needed while the fame gets to the door. That’s more like it, we illustrators are doomed to work for people that just want a logo or a publicity image for their business with an awful payment rate, and that’s not wrong, sometimes works as a challenge or it’s needed but that stops us from working our skills or to develop our own thoughts, to find the time between working to make money with stuff I don´t like while I´m doing my personal work in the hopes that someday people just ask me for that, that’s time consuming, but that’s also me complaining a lot, I really think we have one of the coolest jobs around.