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“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.”
allowed me to explore different media and techniques, and also bond with internet friends and colleagues—which will always be the heart of the project. Without each friend who was willing to invest their time and share their stories, the project couldn’t exist! I’m always very grateful for that.
Going digital is very helpful for tight deadlines, and makes changes much easier, of course. But now that I have a little bit of a breather coming up, I’m looking forward to slowing down, working more by hand again, and refining my “toolkit.” Working with my hands and creating actual, physical art, will always be my first love, and I don’t want to stray too far from that.
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A Roundtable With the PEN America Best Debut Short Stories Judges: Tracy O’Neill, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, and Deb Olin Unferth
So many of the stories I liked best played with understatement and a sort of quiet, confident pacing.
“In illustration, we have to understand the writer's mind as much as we can to make the work.”
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“Conveying emotions, narratives, stories. This, I believe, is at the core of all art.”
“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.”
“It’s a great honor to lay eyes on a writer’s work and help give it a visual identity”: Nicole Caputo on Art, Design, and the First Year of the Catapult Artist Program
“Because Catapult is multifaceted, because our content spans so many subjects, it seemed the Catapult Artist program would really be an extension of what the magazine was already doing.”