Illustrator Genevieve Santos is a kid-at-heart! We took a moment to chat with the woman behind the adorable images… care to join us?
Genevieve has been drawing for as long as she can remember, hoping one day to become a professional animator for Disney. Her work is charming and sweet, certain to elicit an audible “awwww” from anyone who sees it!
She started young. At the tender age of 5, she started taping her favorite cartoons, studying each shot frame-by-frame. In all likelihood “ it made me the worst 5-year-old to watch cartoons with,” said Genevieve. But, it was during this phase that her passion for drawing really took off.
Genevieve attended the University of Southern California with a major in Communication and minor in Animation. After college, she worked for New Line Cinema in creative advertising.
She began her own business in 2009, and called it Le Petit Elefant. “Le Petit Elefant” is a combination of two things she love: elephants and the book “The Little Prince” or “Le Petit Prince” in French. She mainly focuses on charming greeting cards and illustrations “…to awaken the kid in all of us”. Her goal in beginning Le Petit Elefant was to what she loves: get lost in the world and express it through art. Sounds like a great goal to us, and she sure has achieved it!
Santos likes, make that LOVES to travel and has been to 31 countries. She collects stories and various materials to use for her art. “Travelling is the best way to remove myself from the computer and the day-to-day grind of my business, and solely focus on drawing for me,” said Genevieve. She finds it to be her one true inspiration.
Ms. Petit Elefant’s advice to aspiring artists:
“My advice to aspiring artists—and this is a bit borrowed from Neil Gaiman—is to learn how other people became successful, know their stories, see what roads they took, what classes they enrolled in, and then forget it. It’s easy to get caught up in comparing yourself to the success of others and think, gosh, I’ll never get there. But you will and you’ll find your own unique way of getting there. You’ll also probably find a pattern in everyone’s story: long hours, discipline, and an unshakable drive. There’s no mystery, magic bullet for becoming a successful artist, it’s just a lot of hard work.”
A big thank you to Genevieve for yourr time and best of luck in all of your Le Petit Elefant endeavors!
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