Illustrators Workshop: Carrie Salazar

Illustrators Workshop: Carrie Salazar

Carrie Salazar

Carrie Salazar is a freelance digital and traditional illustrator. Although mostly specialized in Children’s Illustration, Carrie enjoys working in a variety of styles. Her work features diverse characters with a range of ages and backgrounds. Her work has been featured in young adult and children’s books.

Hi Carrie, Thank you for doing this interview. I admire your work.

How did your art career begin?
I started webcomics about seven years ago, but I considered those personal fun projects. It wasn’t until a writer friend of mine, Holly Jahangiri, asked me to illustrate her book. I waffled for a long time because I didn’t think I was good enough. That did put me on the path to getting noticed and eventually doing more work for other people.

What mediums do you prefer to work in and why?     
Carrie's site

Initially, I did everything in pen and watercolor. But as I moved to create work for others, the revision process required me to starting building art in digital. It was a steep learning curve, but now I prefer digital.

What type of work do you do and what are your favorite subjects and things to paint?
My favorite audience begins with older children and young adults, so most of my work is children’s art and mystical realism (for lack of a better word, I am hesitant to say “fantasy”). My favorite subject is always people.

Is painting fun for you to do?
Yes, especially when I am painting/drawing the things I mentioned above. Even when I’m out at the movies, exercising, or socializing I’m itching to get back into the studio.

Who are the artists and illustrators that inspire you most?
Hundreds of artists inspire me, but Quentin Gréban is my favorite. I also love Kevin Wada, Pascal Campion, Sydney Dean, Manardana Greta, Wangjie Li, and numerous artists on Tumblr who go by pseudonyms.

by Carrie Salazar
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Inspiration can come anytime, anywhere. But the majority of the time it happens when I am out exercising or walking the dog.

What are your favorite books on art that inspire you?
I buy books all the time, but most of my art education and inspiration comes from seeing the organic process of an artist’s online.

How do you describe your style of art?
This is the hardest question because I don’t know. I do such a variety of work from “realistic” portraits to illustration that I haven’t get been able to get a handle on a style name.

When do you paint and how easy is it to become distracted?
Distraction is a big problem for me. I’m like a dog… SQUIRREL! I work best late at night when the world is asleep. I also have found that audiobooks keep me focused on a drawing (sounds counterintuitive but it works).

What type of illustration services do you provide?
I illustrate children’s books, magazines, and book covers. Occasionally I’ll do portrait commission.

What is your latest project?
My latest personal project is writing a screenplay for a graphic novel. I’ve even gone and taken some painful acrobat classes to help me write it. Other than that I’ve been trying to update my portfolio with my new skills and doing whatever project by agent finds for me.

Where can everyone find your artwork and learn more about you?  
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I’m spread thin on the internet at places like Behance, Dribbble, Artstation, etc., but the most convenient and up-to-date sites to find me are on my website: and my Instagram:

Thank you for doing this interview with me, Carrie.   I appreciate it.   ~ JD

Carrie Salazar on the internet
Her site: 

A few books Carrie Salazar has illustrated.
Where did Panther Go? by Vivian Zabel.
Spearfinger  by Chuck Suddeth.
H is for Houston by Kathy M. Slaughter
Joy and Mary Save Christmas:Written by Wayne Harris-Wyrick

Meanwhile, Another Look at Life. Suffer, Suffer, Suffer, Die.

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The Authors' Words: Author and Poet Stephanie Russell

Author and Poet Stephanie Russell
Author and Poet Stephanie Russell
Poet, Short Story writer and Software Quality Consultant, Stephanie Russell’s novel is The Seventh Round.  She is passionate about Transgender issues, as well as writing and poetry. Her expertise as a Software Quality Consultant include Software Quality Assurance Methodologies, Test Management, Compliance, Certification Management and Audit, Clinical Risk design/audit methodologies and measurement. She lives in Sydney, Australia.

Hi, Stephanie! Thank you so much for talking with me for this interview. I'm glad to have this chance.

Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I am a 58 year old transgender woman who lives with her family in Sydney, Australia. Outside of family and writing my first love is reserved for pure mathematics and number theory. I have been working in the IT industry for over 35 years and am employed by a specialist consultancy.

What genres do you write?                              
I have no particular genre, but have written adventure romance, science fiction and historical.

Tell us a bit about your latest work?
My latest work is historical fiction set as a coming of age action mystery. It is currently being edited.

What drew you to writing and when did you start?
I have been writing short stories since high school and have recently started to devote serious attention to poetry. I believe I have always been a story teller and was lucky enough to have had a series of inspirational English teachers.

Does your work usually convey a theme or message?
I don't allow my work to be a platform for my beliefs or private passions. This would be an indulgence that would only damage the integrity of the characters. Each novel stands on its own.

Are there parts of your life in your stories?
I draw from life experience and fantasy to produce the background dynamics for each novel. After that the characters are set loose to act on their nature.

What author or authors influenced you?
My most influential authors are Poe, Conrad, Patrick O'Brien and Dr Suez.

                                                         Who do you read now?
After reading through the collected works of Conrad and the Master and Commander series amongst others I am currently reading the Rheinhardt and Lieberman mystery crime series by Frank Tallis.

What advice would you give to your younger self?
My advice would be stop hiding and address your gender identity and anxiety issues earlier.

What do you think others would want to know about you?
Typically people have a strange and often morbid fascination with transgender individuals. No doubt this is the case with some of your readers.

Do you have a current project?
Apart from writing I have been nursing a number theory proof that occupies my more academic moments. This involves the structural evolution of a certain class of resource consuming fractals.

Where online can people find you and your books?
The central place to start to experience my work is at my writing blog:
The Seventh Round
My novel "The Seventh Round" can be downloaded for free at:

Thank you for doing this interview with me, Stephanie.   I appreciate it.   ~ JD

About the book: The Seventh Round
Falling in love with an enslaved rebel was the last thing that Alex had expected, as if fate had played out it’s hand to bring them together. Nothing could have prepared him for the events that were to follow in a quest to free the woman he cannot forget from the infamous Slave Authority.
Staphanie’s first novel “The Seventh Round” can be found here:

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