Today we star a new section called "Self Interview". Pistache Moustache will invite artists and illustrator we admire, to present us a random of questions they would like to answer themself. Things nobody has asked them before, things they want to share, aspects they want to talk from a personal perspective. We want to hear how it sounds when they knock them own door. We want artists to feel free and confortable
We will start with an illustrator we admire. She is Joana Rosa Bragança. She is a portuguese illustrator who lives in the south of Portugal. Is a big pleasure to have her as our first guest. We love the way she draws. We love her characters, they has thieved our heart. We are touched by her colors palette. All around her work is soft and tender.You must need to check her website, follow her blog and we are sure you will like her facebook. Welcome !
Joana by Joana
What’s your favourite spot to work?
In the summer it’s in
my backyard, under the orange tree. In the winter it’s at my studio, watching
the rain and the sea through the window with the good company of my indoor
are your favourite things from where you live?
I live in Olhão, a small town in the south of
Portugal. I like the fact that it is located between the sea and the
countryside and it is quiet but also full of life. I love the local
markets and the traditional white cubic rooftops.
Where does your inspiration come from?
Sometimes it comes from the inside, sometimes from the outside.
I get inspiration especially from living beings, peculiar animals, genuine
people that live nearby, plants, fishermen and their dogs or fluffy moustaches I
see walking down the street. Childhood memories and toys inspire me too. Frequently
I also get ideas from things I hear through my window, from local tales and characters,
music, literature, old fabrics and all sorts of unexpected things.
Which are your favourite techniques?
I love using watercolour and indian ink, cutting,
printmaking and sewing.
You like to create characters! How is your relationship with them?
My characters almost become alive while I’m drawing or
sewing them! I start to imagine how their voices would sound, guessing their
personalities and tastes, how would they relate to each other… they are my
Do you prefer illustrating a text or creating freely?
I like to alternate between one thing and another, but still prefer to create freely.
What do you like to do when you’re not making art?
I love gardening, reading in the sun, playing with my
cats, walking in nature, traveling, eating warm apple strudel with ice cream
and taking photographs with my beloved film cameras.
What are your dreams for the future as an artist?
I dream about being a full time artist, making exhibitions, illustrating books and keep learning new things until I’m old. I also dream about having a fruit & vegetable garden!
Close your eyes! What do you see?
A furry Llama adorned with colourful pompons smiling at me !
Thank you so much Joana !