Meet WAAV Creative - Hector Paulino!
Hector is a graphic design artist based in Southern California. When asked about his passion for art, Hector replied, “What I love about art is that it allows you to connect with your inner self and feel a variety of emotions. Whether it is happiness, anger, sadness, or love—art exists as a way for me to establish a direct connection with my subconscious mind.” Hector’s work is included throughout WAAV products, and his cover design “Lourdes” is featured in the exclusive inaugural collection of WAAV Planners. In describing the process behind creating and naming his cover pattern, Hector said “The words ‘calm’ and ‘pleasant’ reminded me of my mother. Thus, I chose to take inspiration from all of her favorite things to create the collage entitled ‘Lourdes,’ named after her.”
We asked him a few questions so you could get to know him a little better!
Tell us about yourself! When did you know that you wanted to be an artist?
Very early on. My mother is an artist herself and I always remember her sewing garments and creating jeweler pieces in her spare time. Even though I’m not as talented as her with a needle, I ended up finding my own artistic outlet with graphic design in high school. All thanks to her since she was the one who inspired me into creating art.
Where did the inspiration behind your cover come from? Why did you name it " Lourdes "?
I believe art exists as a way for people to establish a direct connection with their subconscious mind. After reading the brief for the art piece, the words ‘calm’ and ‘pleasant’ reminded me of my mother. Thus, I chose to take inspiration from all her favorite things to create the collage entitled Lourdes, named after her.
When you're not working on your art, what else can we find you doing?
I’m a total geek. You could find me reading comic books and binge-watching the latest Star Wars show. I also enjoy spending time with the family and exploring sunny California.
Why were you excited to partner with WAAV?
There’s so many young and talented artist out there creating beautiful artworks with different medias, and it’s great that WAAV is serving as a platform for them to get more exposure. Once I knew this, I wanted to be part of WAAV to create artwork and to recommend fellow designers as well.
What is your perfect Friday night?
My perfect Friday night is either going to a comedy show with some friends or spending time at home watching a movie. Both involving popcorn of course.
Who are some artists that inspire you and your style?
Michael Bierut is a big inspiration for me when it comes to graphic design. His work is very impactful and minimalistic. I also follow Erik Marinovich, Gemma O'Brien, Lauren Hom, Nychos and many more for daily creative inspiration.
1. Dogs or cats?
2. Sweet or salty?
3. Favorite season?
4. In n out order?
Anima style grilled cheese with no lettuce
5. Drink you order at the bar?
Old Fashion w/ Angel's envy.
6. Does pineapple belong on pizza?
7. Your pizza order?
Margherita pizza w/ roasted garlic
8. Favorite movie?
The Dark Knight
9. Favorite band?
Changes daily. Currently Erykah Badu
Okay, last question… If you had to fight 1,000 duck-sized horses or 1 horse-sized duck, which would you choose and why?
I’ll go with a horse sized duck. It’ll be better to concentrate on one opponent than on 1,000 small ones. Plus, I’ve seen some pretty big ducks out there.
by Gabby Arnaout
A year ago