{the interview series} Judy Kaufmann

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

A nossa entrevistada de hoje nasceu no Chile, mas vive agora em Barcelona. No seu particular universo ilustrado vivem casas, animais e até pessoas famosas... Judy Kaufmann vai além da simplicidade da linha e da cor, criando ilustrações limpas e claras, mas plenas de personalidade e significado. Leiam o resto e deixem-se surpreender com o seu estilo!

Mas antes, deixo-vos com a revelação mais esperada da semana! Quem foi o vencedor do giveaway Mundo Flo, quem foi?... Entre 37 entradas o site random.org decidiu que o leitor sortudo seria o número 23 - Parabéns Megan!
Consultem o update no final do post da semana passada, com o anúncio do vencedor. Muito obrigada a todos os participantes e novos seguidores - e se não venceram desta vez continuem a testar a vossa sorte em próximas oportunidades!

[Este post pertence à rubrica semanal {the interview series}, onde publico uma nova entrevista todas as quartas-feiras, com artistas e bloggers inspiradores que admiro, de acordo com o espírito handmade e um estilo de vida criativo. Tornem-se fãs no facebook e não percam nada!
Por motivos óbvios de extensão e compreensão do texto, tanto pelos entrevistados como pelos potenciais leitores do resto do mundo, a entrevista segue em inglês.]

Today I present you an illustrator who was born in Chile but now lives in Barcelona. In her own private illustrated universe inhabit houses, animals and even famous people... Judy Kaufmann goes beyond the simplicity of line and color, creating clean and bright illustrations, full of personality and meaning. Read the rest and let yourself be amazed with her style!

But before I leave you with the most awaited revelation of the week! Who was the winner of Mundo Flo giveaway, who was it?... Among 37 entries the site random.org decided that the lucky winner would be number 23 - Congratulations Megan!
Check the update at the end of last week's post with the announcement of the winner. Many thanks to all participants and new followers - and if you didn't win this time, keep testing your luck at the next opportunity!

[This post belongs to the weekly feature {the interview series} where I publish a new interview every wednesday with inspiring artists and bloggers I admire, according to the spirit of handmade and a creative lifestyle. Become a facebook fan and don't miss a bit!]

Judy Kaufmann
Barcelona, Spain
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1. Let’s pretend we don’t know each other and I’ve never heard about Judy Kaufmann. Tell us a
bit about yourself.
I live in Barcelona since 2004. Until this year, I lived in Santiago de Chile, where I was born and where live now some part of my family.
I came to Barcelona to study Illustration and I stay here, taking advantage of all that can give this amazing city

2. You work as an illustrator and designer. How was this creative passion born and which path lead you here?
I've always been a very restless person. My best friends at school were really creative people. We always were involved in fun stuff, having fun without asking much what we were doing.
At age 20, with one of those friends, started working on a Humor and satire newspaper. We sent a letter to the editor with a graphic joke attached and he liked it so much that we were invited to participate in the humorous newspaper group. I suposse that from that time born all that creative streak.

3. You create wonderful series of prints featuring people, birds or urban landscapes in a simple, graphic and elegant style. How are these compositions born? What inspires you? Share your creative process with us.
As I always say, I get the inspiration from what I don't understand, what I don't know, what I don't know how to do, what I am not.
About the creative process, I really don't have one. I am not that kind of person who needs to have a process to have an order. This of course count to my own projects. When it comes to external projects, I can be the most meticulous person on earth.

4. What mediums do you use to create your prints? Do you previously sketch or are they born digitally?
Mostly of my digital projects born from a draw on a napkin. I love to draw on napkins or paper placemats.

5. It’s really difficult to choose only one favorite, but I must say I love your Famous Prints series and I have a crush on Frida! How about you - would you share a favorite and a best seller
with us?
I need to say that I really love Frida. She have the color but also that strong attitude, but like all mothers often talk about their children, I have no favorite one; I love them all equally :)

6. Back to the Famous prints series… do you choose to represent people you admire or that have a kind of recognizable style to recreate? Would you share some of the artists you admire with us?
It's really a mix of those both things. I admire them all but otherwise lot of artist I admire aren't too recognized or easy to draw. Some of them are: Klaus Hack, Cy twombly, Niki de saint phalle, Alexander Calder, Picasso, Saul Steinberg, among others.

7. You’ve already worked to some well-known brands, such as Google UK, BBC London or Editorial RBA. What’s the main type of commissioned work you develop? What are the biggest challenges you face?
They're all very different kinds of works. Sometimes there're projects that last for months and some others that need final results on a few days. They're all big challenges for me and I enjoy them by the same way I enjoy drawing a logo for a friend. I always want them to be fresh and original works.
8. You have a recognizable style and through your work your name travels all around the world! What means do you use to promote it?
I supose that my Etsy Shop has bring me lot of unknown people who became interested in my work. From those people, many bloggers have helped to expand my work.

9. Would you share with us a regular day at work?
Every day is different. Sometimes I come early and go back home at 11pm and other days I see friends and work just for a few hours. I'm lucky because my boyfriend is a freelance sculptor and a few friends that also are freelance artists, so it's easy to see them in my studio hanging around. I need to have that moments in the middle of the routine to continue creating.

10. Would you give us a glimpse of your working space? Describe it and tell us what you love most about it.
This is my third month sharing a big space with other people. I loved working from home but needed to be involved with more people, so I'm working on an open white space in the center of Barcelona with other designers like the people from Poolga.

11. Share your passions and hobbies with us.
I love to swim, read, travel, draw, walk and of course cook and eat!

12. You were born in Santiago, Chile, but now live in Barcelona – a city that I absolutely love. Do you miss your roots? Tell us about what you love most in the place where you live now.
Yes, I miss my roots, specially my family and my friends, but I've been here for a long time so it's not more a problem as might have been before. I think that this is a city with an amazing quality of life, it’s small but at the same time is always full of new things, we have sea, the mountain and people from everywhere. The weather is perfect and the best thing is that I can go by bike everywhere.

13. If you could live in any historical era of your choice, what would it be? Why?
Maybe between the 60's and 70's. The world changed for good, the young people started to think about freedom as something possible and on the other hand, the design, architecture, music and arts were developing new things with strong influences till today.

14. What advices would you give to someone who would also like to become an illustrator?
1. Listen to good music.
2. The time you spend drawing is proportional to the quality of your artwork.
3. The time you spend traveling is proportional to the quantity of good inspiration.

15. What are your plans for the future? And your most unrealistic dreams?
I hope to develop more personal projects such as new illustrations for wallpapers and also to keep working for different clients. I hope to have the time to make all the planned trips and that life continues at this rhythm.

Now a quick question and answer game so we can find a bit more about you and your tastes!
Tell us one:

book: Now I'm reading Jonathan Franzen's new book; Freedom and is so good...
music: Wow. So many; From Radiohead to Yo la tengo, Pulp, Arcade Fire, Other Lives, Cocteau Twins, Maria Bethania, Cesarea Evora, Brahms, Fever Ray, Murray Perrahia, among others.
movie: Stellet Licht, The white ribbon, The man who wasn't there, You me and everyone we know, The Tree Of Life, among others.
personality/artist: Francis Bacon
color: Orange
object: a Wacom tablet
animal: Dog
drink: Cognac
food: Olives and Lettuce with lot of lemon.
season of the year: Spring
travel destination: India.
piece of clothing: Shoes
secret: Good question but I will not fall into the trap :)

Thank you for sharing your wonderful world with us, Judy!


  1. eu ADORO os trabalhos da Judy, vou ler tudo com calma, em casa:)

  2. Gosto imenso do trabalho da Judy, mas aqui, ilustrado pela entrevista, ainda fica mais interessante. É revigorante ler uma entrevista bem feita, bem escrita a esta hora... vou deitar-me com um sorriso... obrigada.

    Conheço o seu blog há meia dúzia de minutos e já sou fã! obrigada pela partilha, filipa

  3. Thank you for the fabulous interview, it was so good getting to know more about Judy and discover some of her work.

    This is the best advice I have ever heard:

    "The time you spend drawing is proportional to the quality of your artwork.
    The time you spend traveling is proportional to the quantity of good inspiration."

    I think it can apply to all creative mediums. These words will stay in my head (and in my notebook, to motivate me!)

    Katie. xxx


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