Today’s interview is super special for me. It is unique because this artist represents the creativity, imagination, and talent we have here in Colombia (yes! she is from my hometown: Medellín).
Angela González, known as Lala, is a graphic illustrator and a naif artist. Some of her paintings and artwork are in private collections in countries such as Germany, United States, Spain, Mexico, Russia, and Colombia. She has her own Coloring book, and she recently wrote a book. ( you can check it here at her Instagram account).
I feel delighted to have Lala here in A TON OF COLORS. So, let’s go and read about Lala!
When did you start to draw and paint?
I have been painting forever. Since I was a little girl I loved drawing and coloring and also enjoyed reading stories and watching animation movies.
I studied Graphic Design and went to a fine arts academy to study drawing and oil painting. For me, painting is a way of expressing myself and letting my thoughts out. Illustration makes us connect with the world of the imagination where we can reach beautiful places.
What inspires you?
I am inspired by nature and fantastic characters like fairies, mermaids, and creatures from my imagination that live in places where everything is possible. I also take inspiration from my family trips.
Do you have other artistic manifestations outside illustration?
Yes, I create Naif Art where each painting tells a story that makes us feel happy and transmits joy.
Why create a coloring book? What was your motivation to do it?
As an illustrator, I had to create my own Coloring Book. When the coloring book trend started, I felt motivated by the idea of being able to reach a lot of people and have a very positive impact.
In this digital age, it’s good to disconnect ourselves (even for a moment) from technology and open our minds to do a manual activity that connects body, mind, and spirit.
What makes your coloring book unique?
My book “Colors for life” is a book with detailed drawings, shapes, and characters that transmit love, the sweetness of life and the charm of nature. Each page is a unique place created to make us feel that we want to be there. When we color we enter a state of serenity and tranquility, and these images invite us to meet our inner child and remember those moments in which we felt free to combine and mix the colors.
Do you listen to music when you draw?
For me, coloring is a ritual. From the chair where we are going to sit on to the light that will be reflected, the paper of the book, the colors and pencil sharpeners that we are going to use and of course, the music and the sound that will allow us to be in a tranquil environment to enjoy this important activity.
I have several options to listen, from sounds of nature such as sea or rain to Celtic music and soundtracks like Forrest Gump.
Do you color? What other books/authors do you recommend or like?
I LOVE coloring; I would color 24/7 if I had the time to do it. The first coloring book artist I had the opportunity to know and who was my inspiration was Johanna Basford and her book The Secret Garden.
Do you have a new book in the process?
Yes. I have a book ready, and I am looking for publishers to support this project. It’s a book about fairies!
Is this hobby popular in your country?
In Colombia, we had this idea of coloring books being a thing for children, but this paradigm is changing rapidly, and adults are beginning to explore coloring books. I think that the concept of coloring mandalas is expanding and we can find today coloring books in many bookstores with different kinds of illustrations.
What are your favorite tools for drawing and coloring:
To color I love Artisan pencils, I need softness and a good consistency to be able to blur and work tone on tone. I also use markers to paint certain spaces like backgrounds and textures, and watercolors from time to time. For my original paintings, I use acrylic on canvas because I love the variety of tones I find in the market.
What are your recommendations to people who are starting to color as a hobby
Having the experience of coloring helps
Do you want to know more about Lala? Fallow her different social media accounts and go to her Esty shop, you would love it!
Lala @Esty shop
Also, don’t forget to read my interview section, it has more than 10 interviews with some of the best colorists on Instagram to inspire you!
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