We had the good fortune of connecting with Juliette Toma and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Juliette, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I feel like being an Illustrator is all about putting yourself out there. Posting on Instagram, reaching out to potential clients, etc. I consider myself a shy person so this can sometimes feel like a risk to me. The risk of putting yourself out there and asking to work with someone who may not like your work and the risk of failing. You will never know the outcome unless you take a risk and see what might happen. I have found being brave and forcing myself to take risks has always worked out and has helped further my career as an illustrator.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am an Illustrator based in Los Angeles. I would say my style is painterly and realistic, but stylized at the same time. I love rendering things and painting tiny details but I don’t like when things look “too perfect.” My work is a little quirky, bright, and can sometimes be humorous. My favorite things to paint are portraits and food. After graduating from Art Center in 2015, I got a job working part-time at a textile design studio designing prints. On my days off I work freelance as an illustrator in efforts to pursue that full time. Being a freelance illustrator has always been my dream job because I like the variety that it offers. I like that you get to work on different projects with different people, and it’s always something new and exciting.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I actually have an ongoing list on my phone of my favorite places in Los Angeles for this very purpose! There are so many great places to visit. Some places I would suggest to eat are: Sonora Town, Wax Paper, and Kitchen Mouse. To go shopping I would suggest: Playclothes, Daiso, Saint Vincents, and Big Bud Press. When I travel abroad I love to go to different grocery stores so for LA I would suggest: Galcos, Sea Food City, and Nijiya Market. Some of my other favorite things are the Valley Relics Museum, the Flower Market Downtown, Olympic Spa, and the Huntington Library. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents deserve a bunch of credit for supporting me and my decision to be an artist. They always told me a career in the arts was possible and really nurtured my interest in art from a young age.