Designer spotlight: Black Lamb Studio

HELLO, PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF:

My name is Isabel, I live in Miami with my husband Juan and my french bulldog Charlie (who is a big source of inspiration for me haha)

I started my company Black Lamb Studio a couple of years ago as a creative outlet for my full time job as a luggage designer. 

I have a bachelor's degree in Industrial Design, but I've always been in love with graphic design, typography and illustration as well. 

I started creating patterns for fun, because I loved it and was growing my portfolio. Soon after, I decided to contact companies that I admired and loved to introduce myself and offer my designs and got my first clients this way! 

WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY/WEEK LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?

I usually start my mornings slow and answer emails, make phone calls, etc. I start my design work after noon where I either paint and create new content or work on specific projects for companies I'm working with. I'm definitely a night owl and feel most productive late afternoon and nights. 

IF YOU COULD GIVE YOUR 10 YEARS YOUNGER SELF ONE KEY PIECE OF ADVICE OR AN INSIGHT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Don't take the "future" so seriously. Before college, I was always stressing out about making the best decision because it felt that whatever I studied would determine so much of my life. During college, I kept stressing because of the uncertainty of what my "future" and my career would look like. I graduated 7 years ago and now I understand more that life is always moving and changing, and you must be in tune with yourself, your dreams and your hopes to do what feels right and what makes you happy. 

WHEN YOU FEEL STUCK OR IN A DESIGN RUT, HOW DO YOU GET YOURSELF OUT OF IT AND BACK ON TRACK?

If I'm feeling uninspired, I love looking at my travel pictures. Traveling is my biggest passion and looking at my pictures always inspires me and motivates me.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN TOOLS?

At the moment I really enjoy gouache, Posca paint markers, and ink. Another tool that I use all the time and love is my Wacom tablet.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR DESIGN PROCESS? 

My process always starts as a sketch. Pencil and paper. After I'm happy with my direction, or at least have a good idea of what I want I start painting. My scanner is my best friend most of the time and finally I clean up the artwork and color correct in photoshop. I also scan my sketches and trace with my Wacom tablet on illustrator when the project calls to be vectorized. 

Some apps that I use all the time and love: Vsco to edit pictures, instagram and Planoly to organize my posts. I also use Pinterest for a ton of inspiration (mainly color palettes), dropbox to share projects with clients quickbooks self employed to keep up with my expenses and invoices. 

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN PROJECTS TO DATE?

So far my favorite project has been a collaboration with a french wrapping paper company called Impression Originale to design a wrapping paper for them. As a wrapping paper lover, this was obviously a dream!

Another collab that I really love is with a company called Greetabl. They do customizable gift boxes with tons of different patterns to choose from and I'm lucky enough to be part of their super talented designer portfolio.

WHO ARE YOUR DREAM CLIENTS OR WHAT IS YOUR DREAM PROJECT?

I would love to work with Land of Nod and design and children bedding/decor collection. I absolutely love them and have been following their work for years.

Another company that I'm in love with is Anthropologie. I absolutely love everything they do. Would love to work on ceramics or stationery with them - Actually anything they want! haha

Another one of my dreams is to write and illustrate and children's book. Probably featuring my dog :-)

THERE HAS BEEN AN ART SUPPLY SANCTION IMPOSED AND DESIGNERS ARE ONLY ALLOWED TO POSSESS 3 ITEMS/TOOLS, WHAT DO YOU CHOOSE?

Definitely paper, gouache and brushes.

WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?

I'm always inspired by nature, daily ordinary life and traveling. 

WHO WOULD YOU SAY THE GREATEST DESIGNER IS?

Hard question!  There's a lot of designers and artists that I admire. As an industrial designer I must say I've always loved Charles and Ray Eames for their timeless design and Ettore Sottsass for his fun and colorful vision.

WHEN I'M LONG GONE:

I hope people remember me as loving, fun and creative. 

Where you can find me:

www.blacklambstudio.com

instragram.com/blacklambstudio

pinterest.com/blacklambstudio