A mural by Luz Marie
Caitlin, a Texas native, studied Illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design, and after her four-year stint in Georgia, came back to Austin. Her work is very “retro” and geared towards a children’s market. Luz Marie is originally from Mexico, creating a great influence on her work, which teaches children about language, culture, and traditions. She has experience working in fine art as well.
Picture book cover by Caitlin
We have a little Q&A so you can get to know our new Girlls even better!
Q: What is your artistic background?
Luz Marie: I have a Bachelor degree in Industrial Design, which has been very helpful not only with painting and illustration, but with other crafts, which I enjoy very much. Sometimes this also allows me to see the illustrations in another dimension, and at the same time, explore a variety of materials. I spent several years working with excellent Mexican visual artists who showed me the taste of colors and narrative of my country.
Caitlin: I could trace my interest in illustration back to first grade, when I thought I wanted to be an author. I spent years making little books, until finally in middle school, I realized my favorite part was actually drawing the pictures! I was involved in a good deal of art programs in high school, working all four years towards a “perfect” portfolio to get into SCAD. When I finally did, it was my dream come true! My education there was great. I majored in Illustration, and minored in Printmaking. It was incredible to be introduced to so many people from all over the world at that college. There were inspiring ideas and concepts just floating on the breeze around us all the time. It was a pretty nurturing place to find my aesthetic voice, but I’ve definitely fine-tuned it most since graduating.
One of Luz Marie’s painting styles
Q: What brought you to Austin?
Luz Marie: The opportunity to make my dreams come true. To be a full-time artist.
Caitlin: I grew up in Dripping Springs, and I always had a love for this city. By the time I finished school, I knew I had to come back. It’s home!
An illustration by Caitlin
Q: What technique(s), media, and tools do you use?
Luz Marie: I tried many things. I enjoy very much working with different textures and shapes, but I recently have been working mostly on the computer. I also use acrylics, oil, watercolor, pastels, and yarn.
Caitlin: Gouache paint all the way! I use a very dry brush on watercolor paper to create a nice texture. For the most part, it’s just me, my four ratty brushes, paint and paper. Usually I only use Photoshop for touch-ups, unless it’s a really complicated piece with many layers, in which case I use it to arrange the composition.
A portrait by Luz Marie
Q: Who has influenced you artistically?
Luz Marie: Michele del Campo, Diego Rivera, Isabel Lenero, Edward Hopper, Gustavo Aimar, Rebecca Dautremer, Jane Chapman, Mick Inkpen, Pascal Campion, and Nidhi Chanani.
Caitlin: 1940’s Disney concept artist Mary Blair is definitely my number one influence. Printmaker Antonio Frasconi (See and Say) made a big impact on my work at one point, too. Keith Haring has influenced me a lot, also, even though my style is nothing like his. Illustrators from the ’40s and ’50s really are special to me though, and it’s difficult to pinpoint anyone else specifically. Leonard Weisgard (The Little Island) is another good one. As far as current people go, Peter Brown (The Curious Garden) has really lovely work. I also, as weird as it sounds, get a lot of my inspirations from my Tumblr feed.
Q: Do you have a picture book that has influenced you most?
Luz Marie: My work is definitely influenced by my mood. That’s why sometimes it is difficult for me to find a personal style. I am always picking from here to there.
Caitlin: I’d probably say that “The Curious Garden” by Peter Brown is the one I keep coming back to. It’s super difficult to pick, though! I have a massive children’s book collection that I’m flipping through constantly.
An illustration by Luz Marie
Q: What are your goals or dream job?
Luz Marie: My dream job is to be painting all the time, and exploring with new ideas, and to share it with everybody. I want to touch people’s souls and minds with it.
Caitlin: Children’s books, children’s book, children’s books, all day long! I just want to share my work with people, honestly. To know I made someone happy, even for just a moment.
A pattern by Caitlin