Inês Caldas is an illustrator and Communication Designer from Portugal. Her work sparks playfulness with vibrant colors and a lot of fun.
(All artists have to answer the same 10 questions.)
1. First and Last Name
Inês Caldas (aka incalma)
2. Where are you from? And where are you currently living?
I’m from a small town in the north of Portugal but I’m currently living in Oporto.
3. What’s your main influences?
The day-to-day life is probably the most present subject in my work. However, I also draw inspiration from various other sources, such as movies or even folktales. As far as cinema is concerned, I love eerie characters and compelling color palettes – hence my obsession with Wong Kar-Wai’s and Wes Anderson’s movies.
4. How was your path until this moment? How did you start?
Like every child, I liked to draw. Because I was brought up as an only child, I used to spend most of my time thinking about ways to entertain myself. Books, my Game Boy Color and drawing were my favorite things in the world.
I chose to study Visual Arts – despite my family’s fear of future unemployment (a concept I didn’t quite grasp at the time).
When I was 15 and started high school, I chose to study Visual Arts – despite my family’s fear of future unemployment (a concept I didn’t quite grasp at the time). At 18 I got into the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Oporto to study Communication Design. Throughout my BA I managed to conciliate school with illustration and started selling my work both at urban markets and online. In my 3rd year, I went abroad for 6 months to study illustration in the Netherlands. When I came back, I finished my last year of college while occasionally working as a pub crawl guide at night to save up some money. Right now I’m working full-time as a Graphic Designer at a company that organizes events, and keeping my freelance job on the side.
5. Where do you see yourself next?
I’m still trying to figure that one out. I have a lot of projects on hold that I would like to resume. There’s this big project I have that I’m hoping to finish this year, a children’s book I’ve been working on for 6 months now, about some of the folklore traditions in northern Portugal.
6. Knowing what you know now, what would be your advice for people in the same area?
… it’s very easy to give up on something that many people still think is not worth buying. However, if you love what you do, it’s definitely worth it.
Don’t stop. And be patient. When you choose to make a living out of a creative field, especially if you are freelancing, chances are money isn’t going to be something you’ll be drowning in when you start out – or halfway in, to be honest. With bills piling up and money running out, it’s very easy to give up on something that many people still think is not worth buying.However, if you love what you do, it’s definitely worth it. And I believe all the hard work eventually pays off. I’m not working my dream job but I have to make ends meet like everybody else, and at the end of the day, that’s what makes it possible for me to keep pursuing my goals on the side.
7. Is there something you are terrible at :)?
I’m terrible at waiting but equally bad at arriving on time. I’m not very good at making omelets either, I always end up giving up and making scrambled eggs instead, which probably has to do with the fact that I don’t wait long enough for it to solidify. It always comes back to waiting.
8. Tell us 3 things you like
- Theme parties
- That emoji with the chick coming out of an egg
9. And 3 things you don’t
- Adam Sandler’s movies
- (Some) dolphins.
10. Last question, what are you listening at the moment (band, specific music or album)
I’ve been listening to Talking Head’s Little Creatures (1985) a lot lately, not that I don’t love it but it has more to do with the fact that it is the only CD in my car at the moment.
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