Thursday, April 8, 2010

Interview with Maria Jose

My friend Maria Jose is my guest today!

She is a really talented designer, and the Owner of Maria Palito.
I have been following her for the past year, and have seen her slowly building a solid artist brand.
"Don't give up" was the title of her past blog. She did not gave up. The character and company of the same name she created, Maria Palito, is the reflect of her mindset: positive, creative, determined.
I love Maria Jose's designs! She explores a wide range of fields, jewelry design, character design, handmade cards and handmade dolls and webdesign. I am particularly fund of her characters design. They are so playful and colorful!

You can view her online portfolio here. I have to say that it accomplishes its goal and speak for itself!
Her lovely website also worth to be seen!!! And of course, don't forget to visit her blog, and her fan page on facebook!

The interview:

Me: Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
Maria: I am 29 years old, I was born and raised in Colombia, South America and came to US almost three years ago to marry my current husband. I am an architect and I love everything about design. I am currently a web design freelancer and I work in illustration and design of many sorts; I love reading, taking photographs and designing stuff. I consider myself restless when working on my own projects. I also love to write, draw and blog

Me: How did you come to create

Maria: started years ago in my country when I started making cards for friends, then I started putting everything together in a blog and working and developing new projects. I consider a lifestyle and a life project because through that project I have found my own style and I have learned a lot about myself.

Me: Where do you find your inspiration?

Maria: I love colors, I like to play with them and make different compositions. I like to create fantasy characters and bring them to live.

Me: What are your goals?
Maria: I want to be famous… Just kidding. I want to do whatever I have to do to get my projects done; I want to be a computer gig and learn a lot about web design. I want to continue developing and to be successful. I have a very happy life but every day I have a goal to achieve and a new future one.

Me: Do you believe in your lucky star?Maria: I believe everybody has a lucky start, but not everybody follow its path. Luck is an excuse or a way to explain the magic around success for people who believe and work for their own projects. Bad Luck is something to blame for those who are afraid to get control over their own lives. I decided to work for it.

Me: Do you have periods of doubts?
Maria: Of course I have, more often that I would like to have them.

Me: How do you deal with those periods of doubts?
Maria: I close my eyes, stop myself and breathe. Then I start doing something to fix my problem or making something creative to use my mind in something more proactive.

Me: What method do you use to find back your energy?
Maria: I take a bath, a long walk, or a nap. Sometimes I listen to music to make me feel alive.


Me: Is it effective?
Maria: Yes it is for me. I believe to get your energy back you need to make something that make you feel alive.

Me: What is your motto in life?

Maria: My family, be a good daughter, a good wife, a good mother in the future. Be creative, and have a happy life. 

Thank you Maria!!!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Art Licensing informations

As I told you in a past post, I have decided to license my work by myself.
For the past 2 years, I have been working on a "work for hire" basis with a manhattan based company.
While this helped me having a better understanding of surface pattern design, I think I now am ready to take the next step which is more favorable to an artist: Licensing my work.

I have been conducting researches, and here are the most informative blogs, websites and books I have found. I can tell you that they are really helpful for those who, like me, want to start licensing their work, either by themselves or with the help of an agent.

~Kate Harper's Blog: The most useful tips for those who wish to license to the greeting card industry. Kate had created her own greeting card company, until the day she found out that licensing was much less trouble. If you are interested in this field, her blog needs to be read from the beginning to the end.

~ Joan Beiriger's blog: Joan is an artist who licenses her artwork to so many different industries. From the gift industry to the fabric industry...and much more. If you want to know how to prepare your artwork, how to present it, who to present it to, how to find an agent, this is the blog to read!

~"Licensing Art 101" by Michael Woodward: If you must have only one book, this is THE book to have about art licensing. All the legal informations about art licensing, and much more. If you are beginning, it can be very helpful to have a teacher. I have chosen Michael woodward to be my teacher because I value his experience. You can visit his website here.

Good luck!
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