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“Whatever you want to make, just make it.”: Anja Slibar, Catapult Artist for February
“Don’t focus on what’s popular; focus on what’s there for you to try.”
illustration, which I later on convert into a vector image to finish it.
Honestly? Sleep. Sleep helps the most. I find it impossible to force creativity. There might be days, or even weeks, when I don’t feel inspired or don’t even draw at all. And I just let it pass, or work on something that’s not related to drawing. Otherwise, as a creative person, I do enjoy watching inspiring movies, visiting a gallery or a museum. Sometimes, I think that hampers my creative output because I then feel pressured to create something amazing. I don’t like that; I like it when things come to me organically, from my life. That’s why I would not rush back home to create after seeing something amazing!
Nicole is the Creative Director of Counterpoint Press, the Art Director of Catapult, and the co-founder of She Designs Books, an organization that celebrates women in book design. She was formerly VP, Creative Director at Hachette Book Group.
Awards include the One Show, Communication Arts, Type Director's Club, Art Director's Club, AIGA/NY, HOW International Design, PRINT Regional Design, the New York Book Show, the National Gold Ink Awards, London International Creative Competition, STEP Design Magazine, and the Publishing Professionals Network.
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