Adela is an illustrator/graphic designer from Venezuela. She is now creating beautiful work here in Atlanta. I had the best time chatting it up with this girl boss! Not only is she super talented, she has the cutest style. I knew I was going to like Adela when I first met her. Anyone who loves red lipstick as much as I do is good in my book!
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What do you love about ATL?
There are many things I love about this city… To start with, it has quickly become a home far from home. Its growing art scene and community are very welcoming and there are valuable opportunities for new artists that could be hard to find in other places. I’m also madly in love with the Fox Theater and the lovely houses around Midtown, Inman Park, and Virginia Highlands.
How would you describe your style?
Comfy and practical, but feminine as well. I like having fun with my clothes, but I’m also very classical in some aspects. In the creative field, we as artists are not expected to follow a particular rule when it comes to our look, and that’s one of the many things I love about what I do. Also sneakers > high heels.
What’s your favorite piece in your wardrobe?
RED LIPSTICK. Without a single doubt. I don’t need a “special occasion” to put on some red lipstick. It makes me feel great when I do, so why wouldn’t I wear it all the time? Perfume is also very important for me. My mom taught me to wear perfume even if I'm just going to bed, and I do it every single day.
Why not? I have so much fun illustrating sometimes I can’t believe people pay me for it. I’m also a graphic designer, and I can’t really turn one off when I’m working on the other one, so I decided to embrace the fact that I’m both, and I love it! Getting the chance to illustrate a book and also be in charge of the design process of it is one of the most rewarding things in life.
Tell me about your style of work?
My style is very fun, colorful, and children-driven. I have a really good time when I work, and I think that’s something you can tell by seeing the result. I love drawing cities, kids, crazy food, and puppies. I’m also not a big fan of making a mess, so my process is almost entirely digital. I start with a pencil sketch, and right after that it’s all digital. It’s all the fun minus the mess.
Who/what inspires you as a creative?
I’m driven by the things I’m passionate about, whether it’s music or social and political issues. Even if those aren’t topics I work on, I believe what happens around us is always a source of inspiration. I love being around movers and shakers, because being among creative people makes a world of difference when I'm looking for inspiration.
Is there a message you want to convey with your work?
GIRL POWER! I’m a firm believer that girls rule this world. But besides that, I really just want to make people smile with what I do; the world is already too full of hate.
Are you working on any upcoming new projects? If so, what?
Always! I’m currently working on a series of illustrated children’s books that I can’t say much yet- it involves drawing a lot of city landscapes and babies; so Dream Project alert! I also like to participate in a lot of design challenges and competitions around town. I have an endless list of personal projects that I tackle whenever I have some free time.