Juliana Neufeld (whose work I’m addicted to!) played the Q&A game for us! She answered a bunch of questions, and she even drew the cutest sketch ever JUST for YM&C! I am really excited to share this Q&A with you guys:
Ninon: Here are some funny questions, just to get it started: PROMPTS! Fill in the blanks: The last person I called on the phone is ________.
Juliana: …my brother. We share the same brain.
N: I am really excited about ________.
Juliana: …a really tasty Ethiopian coffee I just bought.
N: ________ is a good reason to lie.
Juliana: An ugly baby or pet is a good reason to lie. You gotta fake the love!
N: Let’s talk about your work. When did you realize that you could actually making a living from creating art?
Juliana: I think it’s when I stopped worrying if I was going to get work each month…I started to trust that something would come in…It was an amazing feeling! Though the stress doesn’t really go away completely…even if work comes in, freelance illustration is a lot of hard work and the money can be inconsistent, so you have to really love what you’re doing.
N: What is the most rewarding experience you’ve had thanks to your job?
Juliana: Travelling for work and meeting artists in different places who are all working so so hard to create an amazing reality for themselves…finding like-minded people who don’t care about the money…friends who want to collaborate and share ideas and build communities together.
N: What do you want to express through your work, what do you want people to see?
Juliana: I want the essence of something real and timeless to be expressed regardless of what style I draw in or what type of character I make…something felt more than seen. I think in the art world, nostalgia can be a negative word, but I do want to transport people away for a moment while still bringing an emotion or feeling to the character that transcends its illustrated environment. That can be a lofty thing on some days, but it’s something I strive towards.
N: What have YOU learnt so far thanks to your job?
Juliana: I’ve learned that nothing replaces hard work. Creativity is something you have to make time for. If you don’t put in the time, you won’t leave room to make the right mistakes that will lead you to a creative answer. Of course sometimes less work is more, but even then you have to leave yourself room to figure that out, depending on the project.
N: Your drawings are either very colorful or B&W. Which technique are you most fond of?
Juliana: I love the spontaneity and looseness that lends itself to India ink… and so I’ll usually
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