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Featured Artist: Barbara Azul

photoThis week’s featured artist is BBP artist Barbara Azul. Both a delicate illustrator and self-proclaimed cookie monster, she enraptures others with her fairytale-like designs and quirky images. Read on to see and how she discovers new ideas for her paintings and transforms them into glimpses of fascination:

BBP: Describe your style in 5 words or less:

Barbara: Whimsical and serene.

BBP: What is your creative process like?

Barbara: There is no formula, really. But there is always music involved! Sometimes I sketch before, others I go for it with just an idea in my head, either on paper or on a computer (I’m now exploring drawing on a tablet). I often resort to my moodboard or look for subjects on the internet. I usually prefer an aesthetic that combines simple images with small and intricate details, such as fur or patterns.

BBP: Do you always work from the same a spot- a studio, a particular desk, etc.- or do you move around?

Barbara: I usually work from home but also have a borrowed place downtown where I do most of my digital work.

workspaceBBP: How has your style changed over the years?

Barbara: It has definitely become a little more refined but I’m still learning and improving. There is always place for improvement and evolution. And change.

BBP: Tell us about the colors you use- how do you choose them, what inspires them?

Barbara: I normally decide the colors before painting, having in mind the feel and theme of the drawing. I usually prefer a soft palette with subtle contrasts.

BBP: Did you always know that you wanted to design for kids and families?

Barbara: Well, to be honest I never had that goal. I just started to explore themes that inspire me, like animals and nature, and therefore appealed to people who share the same love and respect for them. And definitely children are animals’ biggest fans!

I’m just always very happy when someone likes my art enough to buy it and take it home or give it to someone. It’s a little piece of me traveling all around and that’s very special.

BBP: Do you think art is important for kids? Why?

Barbara: It is proven that art helps in the development of motor skills, language and visual recognition. I think that it’s important for spontaneity and divergent thinking as well and a resourceful way of expressing thoughts and feelings they cannot verbalize for some reason.

BBP: Tell us about your favorite design on the site: Which one is it? Why? What inspired it?

Barbara: They mean different things to me and they are all favorite in a way, but if I had to pick one… maybe Wolfville. It was inspired by an amazing photograph of a grey wolf pup sleeping and immediately I thought of serenity and peace (two very important things to me), hence the tiny civilization peacefully resting on it’s body.

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Barbara: Two cats, Flea and Mina.

BBP: Where did you grow up?

Barbara: In Porto, the second largest city of Portugal.

BBP: What was your most prized possession as a kid? Tell us about it!

Barbara: A big brown teddy bear that my grandfather gave me for my first Christmas.

BBP: What did your room look like growing up?

Barbara: Tidy but unorganized. Lots of paper, pencils and markers laying around.

BBP: Who is your favorite superhero and why?

Barbara: The original Spiderman. He is the ultimate underdog, yet always manages to keep a sense of humor. And he climbs walls and swings around the city. How cool is that?

BBP: What’s your favorite midnight snack?

Barbara: Winter requires tea and cookies, but in summer I prefer an apple. And cookies.

BBP: Are you usually late, early, or right on time?

Barbara: Early or on time. I hate being late.

BBP: Beach or mountains?

Barbara: Both, I really can’t choose.

BBP: Tell us a fun fact about yourself!

Barbara: I can do the neck dance just as good as anyone in a Bollywood movie:)

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Check out more of Barbara Azul’s art here!

Featured Artist: Heather Scott

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Meet Heather Scott, this week’s featured artist hailing all the way from Scotland. A mother of two, she manages to find time for her art by curling up in her favorite comfy chair. Read Heather’s interview with BoomBoom Prints to learn more:

BBP: Describe your style in 5 words or less:

Heather: Lighthearted, whimsical, funny, doodled, joyful

BBP: What is your creative process like?

Heather: I usually start with doodles or quick sketches then scan them and clean them up in photoshop. I digitally colour them. I try to do this quickly and not over think what I’m doing, otherwise I tend to never finish anything!

BBP: Do you always work from the same a spot- a studio, a particular desk, etc.- or do you move around?

Heather: I have my favourite comfy seat with everything at hand while I’m sketching. For the digital stuff I have a small work space under my staircase.

BBP: How has your style changed over the years?

Heather: I’m always experimenting, however I always seem to go back to my original doodled style. I suppose it’s what l’m known best for.

BBP: Tell us about the colors you use- how do you choose them, what inspires them?

Heather: I think the colours I use tend to be bright, sunny and joyful. As long as the colours make me happy I’ll try them. I’ve become convinced colour affects mood so I have incorporated a lot more colour around me, whether it’s clothes, or in my house.

BBP: Did you always know that you wanted to design for kids and families?

Heather: I have always had a desire to illustrate children’s books, but having my designs on Boom Boom Prints gives me the freedom and control to get my illustrations seen.

BBP: Do you think art is important for kids? Why?

Heather: Absolutely, it’s essential for stimulating the imagination. It’s a way of escape and even inspiration. I used to lie in bed as a child and make stories around the pictures on my wall, (as well as making faces and animals out of the psychedelic wall paper I had on my bedroom walls!)

ts101012-1-1BBP: Tell us about your favorite one of your designs on the site: Which one is it? Why? What inspired it?

Heather: It has to be A Ballyhoo of Birds, probably because each bird has it’s own character. I like the colour combinations too.

BBP: Do you have kids? Tell us about them!

Heather: Yes, I have two lovely sons aged 9 and 10. I usually rely on their approval of my illustrations, judged by whether I get “Oh that’s cute”, or just “hmm”.

BBP: How did you decorate their nursery?

Heather: Well I played it very safe with neutrals, soft beiges and creams. It felt right at the time, but if I was to do it again (which I have no intention of doing!), I would not hesitate to use those fun happy colours, especially yellow!!

BBP: What was the most surprising thing about having children?

Heather: I think it has to be the way children make you see the world differently. Your priorities change, some things that I thought were important to me now seem frivolous and irrelevant.

BBP: Any advice for new moms or dads?

Heather: Oh, em I suppose it would be to enjoy those small events that happen everyday because they don’t stay small for long!

BBP: Any pets?

We have a new pet, a cat called Finn. He’s a rescue cat, spending his days seeking out warm places to sleep.

BBP: Where did you grow up?

Heather: I grew up in a small former mining town called Methil in the region of Fife, Scotland.

BBP: What was your most prized possession as a kid? Tell us about it!

Heather: Oh, apart from my radio cassette player, it had to be my coloured pencils. No one was allowed to use them but me, they were all kept sharp and in order of colour!

BBP: What did your room look like growing up?

Heather: Well I have already mentioned my psychedelic wall paper and the Magic Roundabout (1970’s kids stop animated series) light shade from when I was very young. This progressed on to The Muppet Show wallpaper in the eighties. Then I got to choose how my room looked so I went for pink and black diagonal stripes on everything! I loved my room – it was my sanctuary. I loved listening to music.

 BBP: Who is your favorite superhero and why?

Heather: Wonder woman, she has great hair!

BBP: What’s your favorite midnight snack?

Heather: It would have to be a cup of tea and buttered toast!

BBP: Are you usually late, early, or right on time?

Heather: Usually late I’m afraid!

BBP: Do you have a favorite quote or saying? What is it and why?

Heather: It has to be “Hell mend ye!”. Which means you get what you deserve, not the most positive saying is it?

BBP: What is one thing you’ve always wanted to try but haven’t?

Heather: I’ve always wanted to try making myself a jacket. I’m working on my dressmaking skills, but I’ve a long way to go before mastering tailor techniques!

BBP: Favorite movie?

Heather: Beetlejuice

BBP: Beach or mountains?

Heather: I suppose it has to be the beach as I live beside one.

BBP: Pencil or pen?

Heather: Pencil, no pen, oh it depends what day it is!

BBP: Coffee or tea?

Heather: Tea absolutely!

BBP: Polka dots or stripes

Heather: Stripes

BBP: Bungee jumping or skydiving?

Heather: May I choose neither, I’m a feet firmly on the ground kinda gal!

BBP: Tell us a fun fact about yourself!

Heather: I have been told that I have a loud, ruckus laugh, though this only occurs spontaneously if the situation is really funny. Some people might not think it’s fun when they’ve heard it!
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