This month we put pen (or pencil) to paper with Casandra Banuelos, a graphic designer and illustrator based in Guadalajara, Mexico. Each of Casandra’s delicate, beautifully minimalistic motifs are inspired by symbols of femininity. With such thoughtful, on-trend line illustrations, we wouldn’t be surprised if you had the sudden urge to take these designs into a tattoo parlor as a permanent keepsake!
How long have you been an illustrator? Is there any story behind how it started?
I have always felt very passionate about illustration, my interest began when I was a child. I remember that all the visual and colorful material caught my attention, especially those that had very feminine and delicate motives. I began to practice for many hours every day. Growing up I left it aside for a long time especially when I entered the workforce. That has changed and recently I have had the opportunity to make more interesting projects that allow me to do what I loved as a child.
What tools, software, supplies do you use to create your artwork?
Mainly Illustrator, since it is a very simple tool to use and I really like to work with vectors. I also recently acquired an iPad where I downloaded the Procreate app and I find it easy to use as it has a similar feel to working with paper.
What is your favorite style of illustration and why?
I really like illustrations and symbols that have to do with femininity. That is also the reason why I use elements referring to feminity, such as the moon 🙂
Who or what is your biggest inspiration when creating new pieces?
The whole world is full of inspiration everywhere, I think it’s just a matter of knowing how to observe it carefully and finding the beauty in things. I admire many illustrators and my coworkers, seeing their works inspires me to improve every day.
What artistic trends are you following?
I really like the minimalist trend that currently exists. I think it is very difficult to achieve something that simple with the right abstraction. Personally, I find it hard to achieve but I try.
How would you like people to describe your art?
I think you could say that it is very “girly” and “trendy”, full of organic and delicate forms.
Is there anything else you would like the readers to know about you and your work?
I think I still have a long way to go, especially since I recently resumed illustration and it is awesome that now I can live from it. That is why I have started to participate in all the projects that have to do with art and social causes.
Follow Casandra Banuelos
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