Rebeca Anaya Interview
Rebeca Anaya is a Mexican-born designer with a passion for letterforms, currently working as a freelance lettering artist. When not obsessing over the perfect counter and flourish, Rebeca is a dog lover, cold brew appreciator and embroidery addict.
Tell us a fun fact about you I get the hiccups when I'm under a lot of stress, which results in an even more stressful situation :(
How did you get into illustration? For some reason I've always enjoyed drawing letters, and even before I knew lettering was a thing, I used to draw lots of letters for whatever reason: birthday cards for friends, or just random notes.
Who or what inspires you the most? I'm a big fan of the work of Nim Ben-Reuven, Ken Barber and Novia Jonatan. I really love the organic shapes of script lettering, and looking at their work makes me push a bit harder.
What does a typical day look like for you? I wake up to feed the cat, get ready and have some breakfast and lots of coffee. After that, I start with work. I usually begin by reading emails and then, whenever I'm ready to start sketching and working on design projects I look for a good playlist on Spotify, put my headphones on and get going. I'm currently working in a co-working space in Mexico City with a really nice view, so I often catch myself just daydreaming and looking through the window. The last part of the days are usually pretty chill; I take a short walk, have dinner with my husband and catch a series on Netflix.
What do you do when you have a creative block? Coffee. I’ve always enjoyed it, but the whole process of walking to a coffee shop in a tiny hidden street, listening to new music, seeing new people and trying new flavours feels really inspiring somehow. I think routine is a big creativity-killer so I try to visit new places, and do different things. Even taking a different road to work helps.
Top three clients you've worked with? As a graphic designer I've done projects for the National Institute of Bellas Artes, which was a great experience, and as a lettering artist I've worked with from35thstreet, which is a lifestyle blog based in New York.
What tools (digital or not!) do you use to create your work? I recently do a lot of work with my iPad and Apple Pencil, but I also love working with a good ole' sketchbook and pens.
What's your favourite resource for inspiration? Just a little break from the routine. I really enjoy traveling because you can grab inspiration from all the new things you see: buildings, people, plants, signs, menus, etc. It doesn't even have to be a huge trip, just a road trip to the nearest town will do.
Do you have any tips for artists thinking of doing freelance? When you're working as a freelance things can get hard sometimes, and it will feel specially frustrating if you're focusing on a large goal. Celebrating small steps and victories will help you realise how much you are really moving forward.
What would your dream project be? I'm a big history geek, so I'd love to work with a museum and do some lettering pieces for them.
How can fans keep up-to-date with your work? Instagram
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