Kristina: I start out by just thinking a lot, especially when I’m in bed. It doesn’t look like I’m working, but that’s really when I’m working the hardest, because I’m focusing on coming up with ideas.
Kristina: This is the tricky part—I try, but can’t always make it on demand! When I see it, I know it—there’s a certain depth or layer of meaning that appears or even just a detail that just makes me say, “Ohhhh!” It’s different for every illustrator. For me, when I make it happen, I can actually feel a sort of warmth in my chest—your name of “Heart Art” is a good one.
(Note: Kristina says a painting just isn’t complete until her cat lies down on it.)
Kristina: I listened to a lot of loud music and sang and danced while I worked on the artwork— I often do when I’m working, but it especially seemed to go with the celebratory nature of this book. I had a great time, but I don't think my dog is a fan of my singing.
Kristina: I have a few portfolio websites, and an agent. Sometimes I send out actual printed mailers.
Kristina: My favorite part is that I get to live my childhood dream of drawing ALL DAY LONG. The part I enjoy less is having to stop and be the Accounts Receivable/Accounts Payable/IT department.
Kristina: When I’m drawing people (animals, too!), I always identify with and feel very empathetic toward them, so I really felt connected to the families in this book celebrating in their different ways. I feel like I shared their warmth and closeness, and I hope the readers do, too.
Kristina: I have an ongoing plan in my head for an elaborate glow in the dark book—I’m not sure if it’s even possible to make one the way I'm imagining it, but it’s fun to think about.