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As an artist, “it’s important to make time for friends and sunshine.”: Meryl Rowin, Catapult Artist for April
“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.”
We are so excited about your work on the upcoming book from Catapult—Eat Joy, edited by Natalie Eve Garrett. Can you tell us a bit about any unique challenges/joys that presented themselves during that project?
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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“Working for myself is all about balance. Although illustration is my career and passion, I still need to have a life outside of art-making.”
I think what I love about illustration is that there are so many ways to challenge myself.
“‘Illustrator’ is just the easiest catch-all for many jobs—which again, I’m rather restless so it’s worked out great that I never get bored!”
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“I wanted the book to celebrate what it means to live your life fully and startlingly awake.”
“I’ve wrapped my business model around my kiddo and his schedule and changing needs. That has been a decision I’ve never regretted.”
By leaving her job as a lawyer and taking a leap of faith to become a full-time illustrator, Sirin Thada says, “I was finally honoring a part of me that had been there all along.”