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Focal Points: Carolyn Vibbert

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Carolyn Vibbert is a classical illustrator with an Americana-influenced perspective incorporated in her colorful pieces. Her clientele list includes various reputable brands such as Frito-Lay, Quaker, Chronicle Books, and Coors just to name a few. Carolyn currently resides in Portsmouth, NH where she continues her illustrious work with pen & ink imagery.

Q&A

Q1. How did you first get started in illustration?

A. Art School. My goal in art school was always to work towards a career in illustration.

Q2. How would you define your artwork?

A. Whimsical, stylized with an emphasis on energy.

Q3. What artist has had the biggest influence on your current artistic style?

A. The illustrator Jim Flora, best known for his jazz album covers of the 1940s.

Q4. Favorite city/location for art/artistic expression?

A. New York City, a blend of traditional elegance and contemporary energy.

Q5. What is the primary medium for your artistic pieces?

A. Pen and ink.

Q6. What do you want people to take away from your art when they see it?

A. “Looks like she is having fun!”

Q7. What was the oddest thing you’ve taken inspiration from?

A. My older brother’s test papers! His teacher’s highly energized swirl of the “c” (for correct) was something that fascinated me at the age of 3,I made that mark everywhere I could, even under window sills. To this day, my work incorporates energetic swirls and spirals.

Q8. All time favorite piece of artwork?

A. I have it on my studio wall, a Peugeot poster designed by Push Pin Studio’s Seymour Chwast.

Q9. What would be your ideal project to illustrate?

A. A miniature paper theater.

Q10. What advice would you give to aspiring illustrator?

A. Keep learning and moving forward.

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