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Friday, July 13, 2018

Talented Artist - Cristina from Sombras Blancas - Interview & Giveaway

Sombras Blancas

About Cristina


Hi there! My name is Cristina Castro Moral and I am the designer behind Sombras Blancas Art & Design. Nice to meet you!

This adventure started some years ago when a friend of mine asked me to create a logo for a fair trade campaign he was preparing on our university. I had always gravitated towards creativity and arts but it was then when I realized I wanted to take it seriously. I’m now working as a freelance designer full-time and I’m so glad I took this route.

I love all aspects of what I do but I specially enjoy being in contact and working side by side with amazing business owners from whom I learn a lot every single day. My goal is to create professional brand solutions at an affordable price so those who are just starting or on a limited budget can take their businesses to the next level.

Links

Website // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

Interview

1) Can you tell our readers a bit about yourself?

Hi everyone! My name is Cristina and I am the graphic designer and illustrator behind Sombras Blancas Art & Design. I am from Málaga (Spain) and I am 28 years old. I’ve been working as a freelancer full-time for the past 5 years and I specialize in branding for small businesses and startups: logos, websites, stationery... I am also starting to work more on my illustration every day.


2) What’s the inspiration behind your work?

I find inspiration in everyday life, situations and objects: from YouTube video to a song or a children’s book. Other creators inspire me the most. I love scrolling through my Instagram feed to see what everyone is creating. Whenever I’m stuck, I go to Pinterest for fresh ideas and color palettes.


3) Where did you learn to illustrate and design?

It all started while I was studying my major in Industrial Design. I had always had a very big interest in graphic design and illustration so I took a course in order to learn the basics and I’ve never stopped since then. My first job came when a friend of mine asked me to create a logo for a fair trade campaign he was preparing for our university.


4) What does your work place look like?


In my workspace I have my desk, my chair and my computer + graphic tablet. It normally looks a bit messy because of a lot of sketches and to-do lists lying around. I’m looking forward to get a new, larger desk in the next few months in order to have more space and therefore make a bigger mess. My most precious tool is my graphic tablet which is basically a big monitor you can draw on. I got it last year and I use it for every single one of my designs and illustrations.


5) Your designs are very cheerful, what’s the inspiration behind your shop’s feelgood factor?

For me, illustration and drawing in general feel like a parallel reality. Whenever I sit in front of my sketchbook I automatically enter a nice place in my mind. That’s why I think most of my pieces are pretty positive. The colorfulness has been with me since I was a child; I’m always drawn to vibrant colorful stuff, no matter what it is.


6) Can you tell a bit more about how you started your store?

I can’t remember where I heard about Etsy for the first time but I am pretty sure it was from some artist on MySpace (back then!). The first shop I opened was my art shop where I used to sell original drawings. I thought (and still think) Etsy was a great platform to start testing the waters because the startup costs were tiny and the exposure great.


7) You're a freelance graphic designer working on branding for small businesses as well. What’s the most fascinating about this job?

I love all aspects of what I do but I especially enjoy being in contact and working side by side with amazing business owners from whom I learn a lot every single day. Feeling that good work is always rewarded.


8) You also have a lot of prints with well known book characters, where does your love for books come from?

I’ve been reading books since I can remember and it’s still the second thing I spend more time on. I even have a blog (in Spanish) where I write book reviews and design alternative covers to the books I enjoy most. I couldn’t help but reflect that love of books in my art too.


9) What do you like the most about having your own shop?

It feels SO GOOD to achieve goals by yourself and receive positive feedback from your client when the project is finished or a product has reached its destination. I really enjoy working from home and managing my schedule as it works best for me every day.


10) What are your plans for the future?

I’d love to keep doing what I do right now, just better and offering more services and products. I’m currently illustrating a children’s book which is a first for me so I also hope that the project can see the light sooner than later :)

Giveaway


One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive an art print (8x10 format) of choice from Sombras Blancas.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.

21 comments:

  1. The quality and design look amazing. Unique, fun and lovely colours too.

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  2. Awwww that unicorn is fab! It so sweet and light

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  3. I do like your artwork and can't wait to see the children’s book.

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  4. Love your artwork, so pretty and unique!

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  5. Your shop is absolutely adorable! I love the unicorn reading print!

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  6. What fantasti c designs, I could spend so much money in your shop! I have ideas for gifts for friends and family who are readers and lovers of cute and colourful thigs :-)

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  7. I love the Gotta Read 'em Owl !!

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  8. Awesome giveaway! I would love to win!

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  9. I love these! So pretty and colourful! :)

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  10. Your etsy shop is so lovely, thank you for this giveaway!

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  11. Such an amazing talent, love the unicorns. But think the owl-related gifts are my favourite.

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  12. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

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  13. Love your artwork. Really beautiful!

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