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April 01

Illustrator Interviewed: Caitlin Viar

By Ella Miista
On the spot today is Caitlin Viar, an illustration student at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She caught our attention by posting beautifully drawn images of none other than Miista shoes! Originally from Southern California, she found her place while touring the SCAD campus in Georgia. Currently in her final year, she's due to graduate in May. In a way similar to her 4-year-old self that wanted to become famous, she's now a headstrong young woman who knows what she wants. We made her take a little break from her final projects and spoke to her about her art and life. If you'd like to commission her, please email her here. You can find also find her on Instagram. What does your perfect day look like? The perfect day for me would consist of sun and a slight breeze so I could wear one of my favorite platform sandals and show off my pretty pedicure. It would have to be warm enough to wear the latest spring and summer fashion with some hologram, white mesh, and maybe something made of PVC. How long have you been drawing, how did you get started with it and is illustration your major at university? If not, what are you studying? I’ve been drawing ever since I could pick up a crayon, but hadn’t taken any formal art classes until I could take them as electives in high school. I chose to pursue my art career by going to an art college because I became very passionate in painting and drawing. I originally came to college wanting to be a painter, writer, or art historian, but then I took my first art history class and realized I wasn’t any good with memorizing dates. I declared my major as Illustration when I laid my eyes upon my first issue of “Illustrious,” a publication my university puts out containing the best works from their illustration students. I knew immediately this is the field I needed to study in. Who did you want to become as a child? When I was about 4 years old, my grandfather asked me, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Little me simply replied, “I want to be famous.” I have been giving the same response every first day of school or mention of future occupations since then. I have tried my hand at acting and singing in a band to follow up with that dream. What's your biggest goal/dream now? My dream job would obviously have to be being famous! My back up plan would be to start my own company, or studio, where artists of all fields can collaborate, learn from fellow artists, and get jobs that directly coincide with their unique creative abilities. I’ve always liked being a leader, but now I know I want my creative visions incorporated as well. I’d also be completely content being an in house illustrator for a fashion/style/pop culture publication of some sort and work my way up to an Art Direction title. How do you get inspired? Also, do you have any artists you look up to? Upon my first class in the illustration building, I noticed the various student illustrations lining the hallways. One of these illustrations caught my eye and I’ll never forget it. I had never given much thought to an illustration idol or an artist that really inspired my work. The more I looked at other illustrator’s pieces, the more discouraged and lost I would become with mine. All that being said, that one piece that stood out in the hallway completely captured my undivided attention. Sam Wolfe Connelly was the illustrator’s name, a name and a person that will continue to inspire me and my work until the end. His style is dark and clean, the figures conveying emotion through their languid, regal poses. The portraits Sam created were everything I had ever wanted my work to look like. During the winter season, four years after I founded my ideologic vision of Sam, I gathered courage to send him an e-mail. It was above all else a love letter, expressing how much I appreciated what he does and how it is a great inspiration to me. To my utter disbelief, he relied back and we had a steady correspondence going. In February I was able to meet him, a definite highlight in my life. I learned from Sam that rejection is an illustrator’s life and in accepting that fact, you will become the best you can be. I’m inspired by fashion and faces. How does someone not love shoes and clothes!? I think fashion is a beautiful and constructive outlet to release your identity and joyously express yourself. I like to reflect that self expression through fashion in my work, making it aesthetically pleasing and relevant to what’s going on in the world of style. I also love illustrating portraits because faces are all different, yet all the features are uniform in the human race. Faces are representations or masks of a person, making them a piece of art in itself. In my free time I enjoy portrait work as well as fashion sketches and illustrations in my free time. Caitlin Viar Miista Caitlin Viar Miista Caitlin Viar Miista
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