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  • - Okay, my name is Natali Koromoto,

  • and I'm an illustrator and designer.

  • I've been a freelance illustrator for 10 years.

  • (flamenco-influenced electronic music)

  • I've been drawing my whole life,

  • ever since I was two years old,

  • I've been told, I don't remember.

  • I wanted to be an animator when I was five

  • and I watched The Little Mermaid for the first time.

  • Unfortunately, that's not really a thing you can be

  • back in Venezuela, where I'm from.

  • There's no animation in schools there.

  • By the time I was 19, the country

  • encountered serious problems,

  • politically, socially, economically.

  • It was pretty much impossible to fulfill your dreams.

  • My sister moved to the States, and shortly after I followed.

  • I applied for animation school, and I enrolled,

  • and that was a big dream come true.

  • That was one of the best days of my life, I think.

  • After I graduated, I decided to become

  • a freelance illustrator.

  • I didn't pursue the career of animation,

  • because it takes a lot of patience.

  • And I like designing and the fulfillment

  • of creating one thing after the next.

  • (relaxing bass-heavy jazz music)

  • After awhile of using social media,

  • I realized that people commented a lot about it.

  • Clothing, that my characters were wearing.

  • Things like, "If that shirt was real,

  • "I would buy it right away, I love that hat."

  • So I decided to try and separate

  • from freelance illustration work,

  • to designing apparel and accessories.

  • It did well, so eventually I expanded to do more clothing,

  • hats, sweatshirts, and now designing has become

  • my full-time job.

  • (sporadic and exciting electronic music)

  • I tried to create a lot of Hispanic-inspired illustrations.

  • I tried to draw a lot of girls of color.

  • I'm trying to create a world

  • of Latin, Hispanic heritage, pride.

  • I don't think there's enough of it.

  • I feel like Hispanic people want to wear cute things,

  • representing, you know, your grandma, and dessert,

  • or something that reminds you from your childhood,

  • and there's no really things like that.

  • But, I have some recurring characters.

  • Characters of Hispanic origins,

  • like the Empanada character, and Tres leches,

  • and Churros & Ice Cream.

  • They're pretty cute!

  • (flamenco-influenced electronic music)

  • I still draw with paper and pencil,

  • until I'm happy with the drawing.

  • When the sketch is ready, I scan it,

  • I clean it and trace it digitally,

  • and color it digitally as well.

  • Usually use it for future designs,

  • for clothing or prints or whatever.

  • I usually draw and see what's there.

  • Like, it could be something that a character is wearing,

  • that I'd like to see that in real life.

  • It could be the design itself, the drawing itself,

  • that I use and I screen print on the shirt.

  • (calm and inquisitive electronic music)

  • I do feel very successful, I feel lucky.

  • Would five year old me be happy that this is my life.

  • Everything I do, I would, I live in New York,

  • I get to share my work, and people are receiving it well.

  • (sporadic and exciting electronic music)

  • Having a number one sell product,

  • I designed these, it was part of an illustration that I did,

  • it was a hat, wearing a hat, Hat on Hat.

  • And I made it happen, somehow,

  • and they sold out right away!

  • - [Interviewer] What did they say when you asked

  • for a hat on hat?

  • (Natali laughs)

  • They didn't understand!

  • (relaxing bass-heavy jazz music)

  • Practice, explore, don't try to imitate

  • what other people are doing.

  • Other people might be better at some things than you are,

  • and that's okay.

  • You just concentrate on you.

  • Try to find your own voice, try to be who you are,

  • and you'll find an audience.

- Okay, my name is Natali Koromoto,

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I Created A Clothing Line Based On My Drawings

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    lawrence posted on 2018/09/15
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