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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 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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“Refrain yourself from throwing things away. Even if you think you’re going nowhere with what you’re creating.”
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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.”
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“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.”