August 18, 2021
Meet Givi! Givi (pronounced ghee-vee)Carter is an Atlanta-based illustrator who tries to channel her inner child in everything she does to invoke a celebration of shape and color that makes the eyes happy. She’s also the artist behind our brand new Sweet Badass scrunchie!
GC: Oh wow! This was a neat project to be a part of, and I appreciate being brought on! The design itself is simple, but I hope that makes it all the more charming.
GC: I think when I first realized that cartoons and comics were made by people and not computers I realized, “wow, I can do that too.” I remembered the Cartoon Cartoon shorts of the early 90’s would have title cards that said “Made by So and So from Burbank, California” it just clicked. I started to crack open notebooks when I sat in front of the TV and try to draw the character’s like-ness exactly, really focusing on the shapes that made them unique.
Even though I grew to love art through animation, that kind of took a hard-turn in college when I realized I wanted to pursue illustration, and that evolved even further when I ended up bouncing around graphic design jobs for the first 5 years of my professional career.
GC: To me, style is just what you draw naturally and fastest. It doesn’t have to be a sure, stagnant thing. As you grow, your style and taste does too. Draw shapes, icons, characters so much it just becomes second nature how you’d draw them. Try out a ton of different mediums and programs even if they seem scary (you might secretly be a natural).
GC: I really wanted to make something for kids and adults! So something both current me and baby me would want to wear. Fun, emotive icons reach a lot of those demographics, and I wanted to incorporate a layer of sweetness but also badassery.
GC: Like a cool cutie.
GC: Frequent naps, daydreaming on long hikes, thrift shopping, oreo milkshakes, spontaneous road trips, allowing myself to do nothing on occasion and just enjoy the moment, and gas station taquitos.