Catalina Villegas is an illustrator from Colombia. She loves star gazing, clouds, yoga, moving, thinking, connecting, alfalfa sprouts, pasta, tofu, dark chocolate, chihuahuas, silence, loud music, chilly weather, the ocean, speaking her heart out, succulents, lavender, freedom, classic rock, curly hair, and staying barefoot all day long. We love Catalina.
How is that reflected in your work?
I think people perceive a certain positivity from my work. I hope they do! I was born in a country with such a deep social conflict (Colombia) and was raised and lived my entire life in the States, so I had a chance to see it up close and from far away. There’s enough crap going around in the world with the news and people bringing each other down, so that I made it a goal not to participate in that in any way whatsoever.
What has been your favorite, most interesting, most peculiar or quaintest assignment so far?
Each assignment is different but what strikes me the most is the diversity of places where work comes from! I mean, here I am, writing to your amazing Photocircle organization in Germany! I’m currently working with a French company on a really beautiful set of temporary tattoos. I haven’t been illustrating for very long. This year has been the culmination of many shifts, both personal and vibrational, and I think many people have felt the same way. There’s a change going on. So I consider myself really lucky to be able to connect with like-minded individuals and companies in other countries, and to do what I love for a living!
You say you’re an “aspiring hula hoop dancer”. Explain yourself please 🙂
There’s this amazing hula hooper called Katie Sunshine and I became OBSESSED with her craft. Remember when we were kids and we would hula hoop and it was all about just keeping the hoop on the waist for a couple of seconds? Katie blew my mind. She dances with it and throws it around and jumps and just does all these graceful and intricate choreographies with a hula hoop! Oh, and there are even LED ones that light up. I bought myself one of those and it’s so much fun. I’m slowly teaching myself and getting there. It’s a good workout for sure! Just be sure to practice outside or in an open space or things can get ugly 🙂
Your next project?
I have several projects in the works. Like I had mentioned, I’m working with a temporary tattoo company in France. I’m in talks with an amazing greeting card company in Australia as well. There’s an interest for handmade art that’s kind of surprising me right now. I think we are slowly shifting back to the rawness and beauty of the pencil and its derivates. Computers compliment it wonderfully in my opinion. This beautiful and strange mix of the paper, pencil, hand and the screen and digital pen. And on a musical note (no pun intended) I’m working on feeding my YouTube channel with brand new bass cover videos. I’ve been so busy I haven’t had time! Working on some classic rock covers like Black Sabbath’s War Pigs and Rush’s YYZ.