Based in Bogotá, Colombia, Carolina loved animé, manga and video game art as she grew up, later discovering the artwork of James Jean, Andrew Hem and Fuco Euda, who have been key influences on her career and style. She loves vinyl records and bands like Placebo, Mew and Mars Volta, and studied Visual Arts with a focus on Graphic Art in Bogotá, achieving a master’s degree.
Sketching her initial ideas either on paper or digitally, Carolina determines her composition, refines her sketching then blocks in the main colours. She finishes her image, fine tuning detail and colour, on her computer.
Carolina’s initial style was dreamlike, spacy and complex, with plenty of detail and effects. As her career has progressed, she has honed a simpler approach with strong, balanced compositions, restrained-yet-lively colour schemes and just the right amount of detail and texture.
Question: What led you to become an illustrator? Carolina: Anime and video games.Question: Did you study illustration at college? Carolina: I studied Visual Arts in the Pontifical Xavierian University of Bogotá, Colombia. Question: Where did you grow up & where do you live now? Carolina: In the Caribbean coast of my country, a city called Barranquilla. I live in Bogotá, Colombia. I ended up here because I wanted to be in the capital and I wanted to live in a place more open minded.Question: Do you have a childhood memory relating to drawing/art that you hold dear? Carolina: I used to sell my anime drawings to a lot of girls in my high school.Question: Describe your studio for us Carolina: Is my house, what in most people’s home is the living room is my studio, I have two big wood tables with all my screens and devices along with a turntable and a chest with records.Question: Do you have any studio pets? Carolina: I have two cats that always take over my drawing tables.Question: Who or What is your biggest inspiration? Carolina: My artist friends.Question: How do you get your ideas? Carolina: By daydreaming.Question: Tell us about a favourite project you’ve recently completed Carolina: I recently worked with the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group in NY for an art cover of an awesome book called Sasha Masha, it was one of my dreams to work with them and I think the cover ended up looking awesome!Question: What would be your dream job/commission? Carolina: I would love to work with Adobe, Wacom or Adidas. On the other hand I would love to be paid for travelling to other places to speak about my work.Question: Why is illustration such a powerful medium? Carolina: Because you get to give life to ideas.Question: What makes a really good client brief? Carolina: A clear idea, examples, expectations and references of your work that they thought fit the job.Question: How much of your work is hand drawn? Carolina: Well, I do draw with a cintiq, so everything I guess, except the textures when I use them.Question: What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? Carolina: To not think about death when you are alive because when your dead you are not going to think in being alive. Question: If you could travel back in time, who would be the one person you would want to meet and why? Carolina: Me, I have a couple of things to say to myself.