Artist Spotlight: Pamela Barbieri

Pamela’s Portfolio 

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Please let us know where you are from and what it is like to be an artist in your home town.
I’m a from a little and quiet town in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Being an illustrator here is not a common profession as it might be in a more cosmopolitan place like New York or London. But I don’t complain, I just love what I do!

Could you give us a brief overview of your art background (when you first became interested in art, education, work history, etc…)
Like most illustrators, I’ve been interested in drawing from a very young age. But when it came the time to pick up a career I chose to became a Graphic Designer. I guess it made sense at that time (I had the silly idea that being an illustrator was almost an impossible task for me) But when I realized that I was spending more time focusing on doodling rather than paying attention to the classes I decided to do what I’ve always loved… And I haven’t stopped drawing ever since..

Describe some of the jobs you have done professionally how they have helped develop your artistic skills.
I have worked as a graphic designer and as an illustrator for the past 4 or 5 years. Creating commissioned work has allowed me to push myself and keep improving. I’ve also learned a lot about typography and composition, and I always try to apply that knowledge to my personal work

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What has your experience with being in GirlsDrawinGirls been like?
Being part of GDG has been awesome. It has allowed me to meet amazing artists from all over the world. I’m truly grateful for being part of this amazing group of talented and outstanding women! I just couldn’t ask for more!

Who inspires you?  Why?
Family and friends have always inspired me a lot (and support me, of course!)… and let me tell you that there is not better source for inspiration than people you love.

Do you have a preference between working with digital or traditional methods? Could you give a couple reasons why?
I like working with both, digital and traditional methods, but I must admit that I feel more confident while drawing in Photoshop. I think it’s a consequence of working  as a digital artist. (What can I say? Photoshop has ctl + z right there, and it makes my work a lot easier!)  I wish I could spend more time using traditional media, tough.

Are there any artistic disciplines (sculpture, painting, photography, fashion, etc, anything….) that you have a passion for?
I’m a big fan of photography and I love graphic design as well.

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Is there a type of art that you’ve always wanted to learn?
I’ve always wanted to learn how to sculpt. Not only it’s an interesting discipline but I think it’ll also be a great help to improve my drawings.

Based on your professional experiences, do you have any advice for aspiring young women artists?
No matter what just follow your dreams… And put your heart and soul in everything you love!

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