Paula is a talented author and illustrator who is currently living and working in Santiago, Chile, though her work and studies have taken her all over the world, including Spain, London, and New York. She studied graphic design before pursuing illustration and graduating from Finis Terrae University. She also studied at Spain’s beautiful EINA Escola de Disseny i Art, located in Barcelona.
In general, my ideas come in the form of images and pop into my head when I least seek them: walking down the street, drinking coffee or while reading a book. I have learned that when an idea comes up you have to act fast! The first thing I do is to stop immediately what I’m doing and write it down. Ideas go as fast as they come, so I always have pencils everywhere. In the case of my book “Not what it seems”, the idea showed up when I was falling asleep and I became so excited that I turned on the light and began to draw.
My favorite part in a new book is the creation of the characters. I ask myself many questions, like What does this character look like? What is his or her world like? What will his or her personality be like? What material should I use to represent him or her better? I love to investigate and draw for days to finally meet my characters.
I come from a country that is in one of the southernmost corners of the world, separated from our neighbors by The Andes that reaches up to 23 thousand feet high. I think it's for this reason I've always liked to travel abroad. Working abroad has been wonderful, knowing different cultures, ways of working, people and even new meals, has enriched me as a person and as an author.
I describe myself as a person who likes to do many things at once. I love reading, watching movies and drawing. I am also a great collector of books, teapots, mirrors, printed papers and miniatures. I like beautiful objects.
But my great passion is to travel. I always have a bunch of destinations in mind that I would like to visit. Next year I will travel with my family to Italy and take advantage of attending the Bologna Children's Book Fair.
These days I have been busy working on a new book for the little ones and even though it’s too soon to reveal much, I want you to know that I’m creating the next Lily Wool adventure!! Yes!! I’m very motivated! I hope to have more news next year.