Introducing: Cris Ramos
Welcome to the Typoriginal family! I am so excited to have you onboard and love all the cards you have illustrated for us.
Do you have a favourite card in the new collection? Was one more fun to draw than the others?
It was great to illustrate these cards with you. I love creating illustrations that make children and adults smile, birthday and greeting cards always generate illusion! Personally, I really liked drawing the fox and the teepee, I love this kind of landscape!
Can you tell us how the designs of the cards evolved? What inspired you and what was the process behind them (I heard rumours the three dogs in the Xmas card exist in real life)?
It often happens to me that the first idea I have for a series of illustrations changes as the sketches develop. It was clear that I wanted to introduce animals into the designs, but at first, I didn’t imagine that the rabbit would go in a hot air balloon, or a lot of mice would prepare a cake. They’re ideas that emerge as I work on the sketches. I’ve also adapted the ideas to the objective of each card. I’ve thought about which animals can be more fun for each age, I always have to put myself in the child's place. The wintery card is also very special, my three dogs are my inspiration! I think it is nice to create cozy feelings with each illustration.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I believe you were an educator/teacher before you went into illustration?
I’m a Social Educator, I’ve been working for years creating educational content for children and their families. I’ve always been a very creative person, passionate about drawing and painting. Two years ago, I realized that illustration and education are two professions that can come together naturally. I wanted to learn to illustrate digitally so I decided to put in the time and effort to achieve it. I’m grateful because in a very short time I’ve been able to work on many projects, and also with publishers such as Planeta and Usborne. My first illustrated book is about to be published, I still find it incredible how quickly everything has evolved.
What is your process in creating your artworks? What tools or software do you use?
I always have many ideas that I would like to illustrate, so I write down each inspiration, take photos and notes. Then I use all that to create a pretty detailed sketch. I usually use Procreate from the beginning, but I'm trying to get back to pencil and paper, it's important not to lose these manual skills. Also, I work with other applications like Illustrator, Photoshop or Affinity Designer to create the final art.
How long did it take you to find your own illustration style?
Finding your own style is always a concern for the artist, but I think it’s part of the natural process of practice. After spending many hours drawing and experimenting with different techniques, the style is defining itself. I think it reflects your references, tastes and inspiration. Personally, the influence of the books I read as a child, with illustrations from the 60s and 70s, has greatly influenced my style. Also, the nature that surrounds me. All that ends up appearing in my illustrations.
Do you have any upcoming projects we should keep an eye out for?
In September, I will publish the first book that I’ve illustrated, with the Planeta publishing house. In addition, I‘m working on another four books, which will be released very soon. Precisely, one of them will be a tutorial to learn to illustrate children's books. I’m really enjoying working on these projects!
Last but not least - do you have any advice to new or aspiring artists and illustrators?
I still consider myself a new illustrator :) But my career has shown me that the most important thing is to spend time drawing. Every hour that you have a pencil in your hand improves your practice, your style and your possibilities of working in this sector. The more you practice, the more you improve and the more motivated you become to move forward.
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer all these questions and creating these beautiful illustrations.
Thanks to you! It’s been a great experience working together, and I hope we can collaborate to create more products for Typoriginal!
You can find Cris' gorgeous cards in our online shop now.