Digital vs. Traditional: Isabel Ricaurte’s Approach to Illustration

Digital vs. Traditional Isabel Ricaurte's Approach to Illustration

The art world has its eyes set on Isabel Ricaurte, an emerging talent in the illustration world. Isabel has placed herself in this field since she graduated from the School of Visual Arts. Today, Isabel is talking to us about her creative process and the experiences that have shaped her into the artist she is today.

Dalton: Thanks so much for talking with us today. Can you tell us a bit more about your educational background? What were some of the most valuable lessons you learned during your time at SVA?

Ricaurte: It’s a pleasure to be here. My time at SVA was honestly a bit of a rollercoaster. There were several challenges along the way, but there was also a lot of growth. I was pushed to refine my drawing skills and become a problem-solver. Many of my projects demanded strict time management and a unique style that I had to work hard to develop. One of my mentors, Marcos Chin, helped me with my project, “The Girl and the Box.” This rigorous pace and guidance helped me learn to work under pressure, and I felt motivated by the praise I received for my creative work.

Dalton: That’s so great. How did your major in illustration influence your creative style and approach to art over time?

Ricaurte: So, my illustration major actually focused on editorial, comic, and storyboard illustration. These focuses guided my portfolio, which is now filled with cartoonish styles and a combination of watercolor, ink, and digital media.

Dalton: What specific areas within illustration are you most passionate about, and why?

Ricaurte: My imagination is most often captured by editorial and comic illustrations, though I also love commercial art. Since I was a kid, I’ve been fascinated by character narratives and Japanese anime. Both of these have greatly influenced my personal style, which I would say is now a blend of fantasy, magic, and sometimes darker themes.

Dalton: Many artists struggle with finding a balance between their creative passions and their practical career goals. How do you approach this balance?

Ricaurte: It’s definitely tricky at times! I’d say it’s about finding a balance between commissioned work and personal art. Though it can be exhausting sometimes, it’s important to carve out time for your personal projects and persevere through networking.

Dalton: Do you have any tips for young illustrators that may look up to you?

Ricaurte: Using online platforms like LinkedIn and Instagram is a great way to learn about local art events and connect with other artists. I also recommend taking some time to experiment widely and learn new techniques. The more you understand your medium, the stronger your portfolio will become.

Mandy Dalton is a writer out of Portland. When she isn’t out keeping Portland weird, you can find her with her poodle Poppy at the local dog park.

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