This week’s featured artist, Haidi Shabrina, hails all the way from Indonesia. Her folk-art style ties together tropical elements and bright colors for a truly unique look. Amidst drafting tigers, lions, and bears (oh my!), she managed to find time to give us some of her unique insight – check out what she had to say to us below:
BBP: Describe your style in as few words as possible:
Haidi: Cute, colorful, full of details, and ethnic.
BBP: What is your creative process like?
Haidi: First, I do brainstorming for what I will draw and I choose the color palette. Next, I do the sketch. After that, I paint the sketch with watercolor, and lastly I edit the artwork on Photoshop.
BBP: Do you always work from the same a spot- a studio, a particular desk, etc.- or do you move around?
Haidi: I do all my work in the living room of my house.
BBP: How has your style changed over the years?
Haidi: A few years back, my drawing style was mainly influenced by my love for Japanese manga. My style changed when I began doing children’s book illustrations for an Indonesian publisher, and I began to show a more European style. It then changed again into a more ethnic folk-art style due to my changing interest in folk-art around the world.
BBP: Tell us about the colors you use- how do you choose them, what inspires them?
Haidi: I choose my colors by taking inspiration from things around me, reading magazines, browsing, and from the colors of nature. Sometimes I also experiment by combining one color with another just from my instinct.
BBP: Did you always know that you wanted to design for kids and families?
Haidi: When I was a child, I never imagined that I would be designing for kids and families – I just loved to draw manga. It wasn’t until I became a children’s book illustrator for an Indonesian publisher that I really fell in love with designing for kids.
BBP: Do you think art is important for kids? Why?
Haidi: Art has an important aesthetic role in human life. When kids enjoy, learn, or make art, they actively work to improve their spacial ability, as well as to better their emotional development.
BBP: Tell us about your favorite one of your designs on the site: Which one is it? Why? What inspired it?
Haidi: One of my favorite pieces of artwork is my “Welcome to Africa” art print. It was inspired by the beauty and uniqueness of animals in Africa. I love it because it makes me want to travel to Africa.
BBP: Do you have kids?
Haidi: I don’t have any kids yet.
BBP: If you have kids, how will you decorate their nursery?
Haidi: If I were to decorate a kids room, I would probably use lots of bright colors.
BBP: Do you have any pets?
Haidi: Personally, I don’t have any pets, but my family has two Brazilian Turtles, a rooster, a hen, and one other bird.
BBP: Where did you grow up?
Haidi: I grew up in Semarang, Indonesia and currently still live there.
BBP: What was your most prized possession as a kid? Tell us about it!
Haidi: My most prized possession was probably my Mermaid Barbie doll. I cut her hair and used a marker to color her face purple and pink. I thought I was a great make up artist and hairdresser at the time.
BBP: What did your room look like growing up?
Haidi: My room when I was growing up was simple with white painted walls.
BBP: Favorite movie?
Haidi: The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
BBP: Beach or mountains?
Haidi: The mountains
BBP: Pencil or pen?
BBP: Coffee or tea?
BBP: Polka dots or stripes?
Haidi: Polka dots
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