Delighted to present my interview with Yzabelle Wuthrich, a passionate and ambitious graphic designer and illustrator. We talked more about herself, artwork,creativity and other cool stuff. Enjoy!
Can you please tell readers a bit about yourself.
Hi, my name is Yzabelle Wuthrich. I’m a self-taught freelance graphic designer and illustrator from the Philippines. I majored in Advertising Management, a course that focuses more on the business side of the advertising industry. However, right after graduation, I decided to pursue a career that I really love…which is in the world of art and design.
When was your starting point as an artist.
Before I learned how to read and write, I already knew how to draw. When I was young, everything that surrounds me is a big canvas. I draw on almost anything—walls, floors, tables, and even my face (in some unfortunate cases, in others’ faces).
I always loved illustrating things that go inside my head and until now, I never let go of that passion. So here I am, 22 years later, still doing what I love most and now making it as a career.
Artistically how have your grown, how different is it now compared to when you started.
Although my artistic capability and passion is something innate, I wouldn’t be where I am today without the influences of other great artists. I started out by merely copying their works and styles. Now, I learned to create my own style and make illustrations that I can confidently call my own.
My perfect working space must be a place where I can have all the privacy I need—in short, my room. Aside from my laptop, there must be a pen and paper within my reach, a nice cup of tea, good music playing on the background…then I’m ready to rock and roll!
So far what has been your biggest challenge?
I’m only starting out as an artist so creating a body of work with my own distinctive style is a current challenge for me. Also, I am one of those starving and struggling artists who are still waiting for their big break, and marketing myself in today’s’ competitive environment is hard. Nevertheless, such challenges excite me.
How do you pick your subjects to draw.
I consider my works as “upgraded” doodles—you know, those scribbles you make absentmindedly. My subjects are always random. I start out by drawing shapes and lines and from there, I work wherever my imagination takes me. In some cases, I get inspired from the books I read or movies I saw then interpret my favorite scenes through illustrations.
What else are you passionate about besides arts and illustration.
Music is one of my first loves. I started playing the classical piano at very young age and I also taught myself how to play the guitar. When I’m not drawing, I do cover songs and play them by ear on the piano. I’m also into photography, both film and digital. I had photography classes before and it peaked my interest ever since.
Top 3 visually inspiring movies.
Copola’s Marie Antoinette, Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet (both by Baz Luhrmann. I love him). They are feast for my eyes!
What is the major satisfaction you gain from art.
Having my ideas and imagination come to life and become materialized.
How do you define creativity and what does it mean to you?
I always compare the concept of creativity with how cavemen discovered fire. Who knew that rubbing two stones would create something that is essential in this world. In short, creativity is an ability of a person wherein he/she creates something with a purpose. It is finding a solution to a problem and it starts with an imagination and believing in possibility.
Where is your favorite spot in The Philippines.
I am born and raised here in Manila but the best places in the country are outside the city. The Philippines is known for its beaches so the Boracay Island is a must visit. The breathtaking Bangui Windmills in Ilocos Norte also tops my list.
What do you like most about what you do.
Being able to express my thoughts freely through art.
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