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“People will always need art in their lives.”: Alexandra Bowman, Catapult Artist for August
“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 was thrilled when Alexandra said yes to being our featured Catapult Artist for August. Her work is bold and bright with clean lines that almost resemble modern-day stained glass. There is this gorgeous texture and translucency and all of these details show up beautifully on small and large screens alike, which is key for a digital magazine. It was an incredible treat to show sneak peeks of her work to our team and listen to the audible recognition and to hear her enthusiasm come through each email as we worked through the month.
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.”
Learning to apply my curiosity wherever it’s needed has made my illustration career more fun and maybe more successful, too.
I think what I love about illustration is that there are so many ways to challenge myself.
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“Art is able to go straight to a person’s very core—a place other channels simply cannot reach.”
“Don’t focus on what’s popular; focus on what’s there for you to try.”
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.”