Christina Banos is a Graphic Designer & Illustrator, her Instagram @homedrawn is a compilation of all her favourite interior pieces for the home, but with a twist…the photos you see in her feed aren’t actual photos of the pieces but instead water colour drawings she’s created. We had a chat with her about all things art...
When we discovered your Instagram @homedrawn we felt so inspired because we’d never seen anything like it before, to see all these incredible pieces of furniture & décor but as watercolour artworks…how did you come up with the concept for Home Drawn?
"I love anything related to interiors, homewares and fashion, at the same time I also love to watercolour and decided to merge the two passions together"
Do you think you’ll ever watercolour products that are outside of homewares? If so what would you draw?
"Yes, I have also illustrated Food pieces for recipe magazines, as well as fashion items. In fact, I am currently working on a fashion collaboration for an exciting new app!"
What is your creative process like? Do you find an interior item you love, then hand draw it & paint over it? Do you work on your artworks digitally too?
"I work with a variety of mediums. I started illustrating with Artline pens in different sizes and then started to add colour to each piece. I find objects/items online as well as in shop fronts. I also like to flick through magazines for the latest products and objects. Every piece is hand-drawn/watercoloured and on occasion digitally edited."
What is it that you love about watercolours?
"I love the uniqueness of watercolour, the fact that each artwork will evolve differently. Not any one piece can be the same"
You’re also a Graphic Designer for Real Living Mag & freelance. Do you have any advice for aspiring Graphic Designers / Illustrators out there? Is there something you’ve learnt along the way that you wish somebody had of told you?
"Always trust your gut instincts and go for it! I have had the pleasure of working with some of the most talented and inspiring people in the business and continue to learn and listen from them."
What is your favourite thing about your job & your favourite thing about having a creative outlet such as Home Drawn? How important do you think it is to always have a creative outlet?
"Working with an inspiring group of people, as well as being able to create beautiful layouts on and off screen. I feel like what I do is less like a job and more like fun! I am very lucky as my creative outlet can also be put in place at work"
What’s inspiring you today? Is there a style or trend you just can’t get enough of lately?
"Fashion, Travel, anything I see while commuting."
If you could only pick one of your watercolour illustrations & actually have that piece in your home, what would you pick?
"It would be a hard choice between, The Paulistano armchair & The Angelucci Butterfly chair!"
We love discovering new Instagramers, what are some of your favourite accounts that you always find yourself going back to for inspiration?
"To name a few - @kellywearstler, @yatzer, @yellowtrace"