LIMEDROP INTERVIEW: Carla McRae November 24 2015

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Today we had the pleasure of interviewing one of our favourite illustrators, Carla McRae. We love her super kuwaii drawings and stickers! Check out her blog The Paper Beast or find her on Instagram @thepaperbeast

Who are you? What you do? What you believe in? My name is Carla. I’m a designer and illustrator based in Melbourne. I spend half my time playing Creative Director for the cutest sock company around, Odd Pears. And I spend the other half drawing - working on commissions, personal projects and collaborations. I believe in young women doing really amazing things.

What are your top two tips in creating an illustration? I think I generally make sure I do two things when I’m drawing, and these things usually always improve the piece. I always like to have a concept or story behind it, whether it’s clear or more of a secret. And I try to be a bit subtle and not spell everything out. Your audience is intelligent and it’s more fun if they have to think about it and piece something together, creating their own story. 
What is something that you never thought would be possible that is now possible?
I guess on a basic personal level, actually getting to quit my hospitality job to freelance full-time. When you’re in there flipping patties you feel like you’re going to be stuck grease-ballin' forever and you’ll never get out. Even now, I’m not sure how long I’m going to be able to keep this up, but I hope I can sustain myself for a while yet…