Artist Quick Draw (2nd Qtr) : Paulina Ortega

Paulina Paige Ortega is a true Filipino global talent, and that’s why we’re thrilled to feature her work as our quarter spread. She has worked in Manila, Singapore, and now Sydney as a graphic designer, illustrator, and all-around creative person. Her destination is not the only thing that’s diverse, but this adjective rings true for her work as well. Her creations are charmingly understated and multifaceted. Read below to get to know more about Paulina and her work.

Captain Slate: Tell us about yourself!

Paulina Ortega: Hi! My name’s Paulina. My name is rooted in the Latin word for small. Which rings true, I am quite a tiny person.

I am a Sydney-based art director, graphic designer and illustrator. Before this I lived and worked in both Manila and Singapore.


Captain Slate: How did you get into art?

Paulina Ortega: I’ve always been drawn towards creative pursuits since I was a child–be it through play-doh, painting, costume designing or greeting card-making, I was just always making something. Drawing and painting were my favorite ways to spend time. I never really thought much of it ’til I was about 11, which is around the time I realized how happy and focused I was when I was creating. That’s when I decided to push myself and explore different mediums.

Captain Slate: Has your art/style changed since you started?

Paulina Ortega: Let’s put it this way, I had a drawing pad dedicated to drawings of imaginary Spice Girls outfits when I was 10. I’d like to think it has! Haha.

I think my work has always leaned towards quite a feminine point of view. That’s something that’s remained consistent throughout the years. But over time, I think what’s evolved is that I’ve become less afraid to simplify. When I was younger there was always the tendency to overcomplicate things, to add too many elements, to try to use every trick in the book. As I got older and more comfortable with how I work, I’ve been able to strip things down and focus on what I wanna say in each piece better. It’s a work in progress, for sure, but I think there have definitely been some changes in that regard.


Captain Slate: What is the process behind creating your works?

Paulina Ortega: I work on a lot of very different kinds of projects. It could be a logo one day, packaging the next, and an editorial illustration the following week. Whatever it is though, I always do my best to distill each piece into its core message, and figure out how I can best get that across with the medium that works best. I try not to think about making it look like “my style”, whatever that means. I think that should come naturally.

Captain Slate: What are the 5 things that inspire you/your work right now?

Paulina Ortega:

1. Gamine female leads in old movies (which I didn’t realize I was very much influenced by, until someone pointed it out to me)
2. Travel
3. Weekend walks outdoors
4. The people I interact with
5. The internet, and the countless talented people who share their work there. I feel like it’s a bit of a cop-out to say “the internet”, but I really do think we’re so lucky to be living in a time when it’s so easy to share and be exposed to ideas from all over the world.


Captain Slate: Who’s your favorite creative person?

Paulina Ortega: I admire too many people for the work they do! But Alan Fletcher will always hold a special place in my list of people to look up to. His book The Art of Looking Sideways really influenced me when I first started studying Graphic Design.

Captain Slate: Upcoming projects/shows/events

Paulina Ortega: I just finished work on my first book project recently. I designed the cover and created the art for the chapter openers. I can’t talk about it yet because the book hasn’t been formally launched, but that should be out soon! Really excited to share the work I did on that.

I am also working on my first few textile designs right now for a yoga apparel brand. It’s been a challenging but also incredibly fun process because it’s so new to me. Half the time I’m questioning what I’m doing, but I’m allowing myself to be surprised by trying different approaches out. Really looking forward to seeing those produced as well!


If you still want to get to know Paulina better, visit her website here.

Check out her Continue this Doodle Page (our quarter spread!) and join our contest to win yourself a Sloot!

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