Sandra, from the Zazzle Store sandygrafik, answered some questions about her artistic style and her time at Zazzle. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store sandygrafik!
Zazzle: Tell us a little bit about yourself, and your artistic style.
Sandra: I’m a Peruvian born freelance graphic designer, self-taught illustrator and mom of two adorable kids, Zoey (3) and Fabricio (9), currently living in Denver, CO. I’m passionate especially on vector illustration using different textures and patterns that makes my illos richer and brighter. I really enjoy recreating characters from classic fairytales and giving birth to new magical creatures, sometimes bright and colorful, sometimes dark and gloomy, depending on my mood.
Zazzle: A lot of your work seems to be more whimsical, are there other styles of art you enjoy as well?
Sandra: Oh sure! I love whimsical art but I also enjoy photography and conceptual art. As a graphic designer I really love vector illustration… it’s like creating intricate puzzles, giving each form different textures and patterns… I have so much fun! And little by little, I can see how the image grows and turns in a complete character. However I enjoy experimenting with traditional media such as inks and watercolors. Sometimes I mix all these medias and create my designs which I call digi-collage.
Zazzle: What’s your inspiration for your designs?
Sandra: I always have been a daytime dreamer, getting lost in classic fairytale books and fantasy movies like The Never Ending Story, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth… then I discovered Tim Burton and fell in love with his eerie-but-adorable characters… he is a big inspiration on my work!
Zazzle: What’s been your favorite design you’ve created, and why?
Sandra: I’ll choose especially Queen of Hearts, Sakura Girl and Aquamarine Mermaid. Each girl has a little story to share! Queen of Hearts was such a challenge for me because I’ve always wanted to make caricatures or cartoons, and I guess this was my first good attempt!
Sakura Girl was another challenge for me! I remember this absolutely adorable Japanese figurine that my grandfather received as a gift before I was born… it was in my living room for years until it got lost when I was little. No pictures of my beloved figurine were left, just a blurry image in my mind, until Sakura Girl was born!
I guess Aquamarine was a recreation of my big-eyed dolls with curly hair drawings from my childhood, mixed with these fantastic imaginary sea creatures from fairytales. Turquoise and navy blue are my favorite colors, so I created this pattern for her tail which I love!
Zazzle: When you are not creating art, what are you other hobbies?
Sandra: I’m creating jewelry, handmade goodies and accesories featuring my girls and other designs which are currently on sale in my Etsy and ArtFire shops
Zazzle: Do you have any fun stories about being a seller on Zazzle?
Sandra: Zazzle is a great community that has become a fantastic meeting point with not only amazing Zazzle sellers but friends from other online galleries from around the world! Plus, Zazzle allows people to design & sell their own creations and make a profit. What else can I ask for?
Zazzle: What got you interested in selling your art on Zazzle?
Sandra: Once I found Zazzle I began to play with the easy-to-use editing tools, and found how cool the designs printed on such a variety of products looked… I decided to sell my work immediately! It’s very encouraging making money from a hobby that you love!
Zazzle: What tips can you give someone who is just starting out on Zazzle?
Sandra: – First and foremost… be friendly! Visit other Zazzlers stores leaving your good vibes and reply any comments made to you. Also share a little love with Today’s Best Awards winners. Much of them are new Zazzlers wishing to be known in the community.
- Keep your store organized! Organize your store content by theme, by products or by designs. Create categories and distribute your items the best way possible.
- Spread the word! Promote and advertise your Zazzle store in your blog, website and social network.