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“Whatever you want to make, just make it.”: Anja Slibar, Catapult Artist for February 2019
“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 Catapult and Counterpoint Press 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 a Silver Cube from the Art Director's Club/The One Show for Creativity, Communication Arts, Type 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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“How am I telling the story, and how am I representing the people in that story?”: Sara Wong, Catapult Artist for December 2019
“It’s not enough to consider the content—how am I presenting the content?”
“Always meet your deadlines, do good work, and be easy to get along with.”
“Refrain yourself from throwing things away. Even if you think you’re going nowhere with what you’re creating.”
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“I’ve wrapped my business model around my kiddo and his schedule and changing needs. That has been a decision I’ve never regretted.”
“It’s important to make time for friends and sunshine.”: Meryl Rowin, Catapult Artist for April 2019
“In college, I think there was this idea floating around that a real illustrator worked all night—and if they weren’t, they were half ass-ing it. [Now,] I like to give my brain some time to absorb and to rest in equal measure.”
“Every moment in life becomes a treasure hunt for inspiration”: Sirin Thada, Catapult Artist for January 2020
“I love that I get to read vivid stories, collaborate and connect with thoughtful and kind people, and learn new things all the time.”