I don’t quite remember how we found Priscila Barbosa through Instagram but one thing for sure is that she immediately became one of our favourites. What caught our eye stumbling upon her work is that she illustrates women as they are. What I mean by that is she illustrates all kinds of women and it’s really refreshing! Make sure to check out her work. She is currently doing the #100daysofdrawing challenge!
Could you briefly introduce yourself?
I am a Brazilian designer and illustrator, based in São Paulo. I have a degree in Visual Arts and worked with cultural education in major city institutions. Later, I dedicated myself to design and now to illustration.
How did you start illustrating?
I began to illustrate professionally when I entered the design area, where I was able to develop products for large brands in the stationery and children’s sector. This revived my passion to illustrate that existed before college. A year ago I decided to live only from illustration and work as a freelancer.
What inspires you the most?
As my work currently discusses the female figure, my biggest inspirations are the women around me. Friends, family, women that I admire from near or at distance. I also have a passion for botany and I always have plants and flowers at home, which greatly influences the environment of the illustrations.
How would you describe your creative process?
My creative process begins by seeing a pose that I find interesting, whether it be movies, photographs or in real life. Lately, I have portrayed women in more comfortable environments, performing some common activity at home. Portraying a person at ease with herself really inspires me. From the choice of the scene, I will either start digitally or by manually painting. Lately I have been more dedicated to digital. It has been the way I found to solve the illustrations faster and to keep the #100daysofdrawing challenge.
Do you have any advice for aspiring artists?
My advice to aspiring illustrators would be to study a lot, to know different references, to illustrate things that make you happy and to say something that expresses a little of you. I would also say that it is a very laborious career and requires a lot of effort and commitment. However, it is a very rewarding career. It’s great to hear from people that they want to see what you have to show.
What are your three favorite instagrammers?
@curatedbygirls – It is great to see images selected by women and the way their representations of the feminine meets my vision.
@botanicalwomen – The two most inspiring things for me together.
@projetocuradoria – A brazilian project that brings together creative women around the world.
If you loved this interview, make sure to check out the rest of the series: Discover the Creator!