THEINFAMOUSBAKA CAN HAZ HER FIRST PRINT?
Hi Tiffany! How about a quick introduction? Where did your username come from?
Hello! I’m a real estate marketing person by day and illustrator by night (and morning, and afternoon). TheInfamousBaka is an evolved form of my very first online alias, bakabaka, which came to be when I was 15, I think? It’s been around for a long time. I’m not infamous for anything, so it’s very misleading.
Congratulations on your first print, I Can Haz Cheeseburger Spaceships - it’s been a long time coming, especially after winning the Best Unprinted Artist Bestee! How did it feel to get that notification?
It felt amazing! I posed like success kid and felt very relieved to accomplish something that I’ve been wanting for such a long time.
Could you explain your process and share some pictures?
My illustrations usually start as terrible doodles in a notebook I keep next to me while I work and this one was no exception. I shared it on Facebook and it got a great response, so I was pretty motivated to get working on it. I do everything from start to finish in Photoshop, though sometimes I’ll use my initial doodle as a base to build on. It was a ton of fun drawing all of the different cats!
Do cheeseburger spaceships shoot hot dog rockets?
Now that’s just silly. They’re burrito rockets.
Can you describe your perfect burger?
My favorite burgers are the spicy kind, with lots of jalapeños and pepper jack cheese. Mmmm. Though I’m not too terribly picky; if you put a burger in front of me, chances are that I will eat it.
It’s been awesome to see you hone and develop your own style over the years. How would you describe it? Did you have any inspirations?
I struggled quite a bit with defining a style for myself, so I had to buckle down and make a conscious decision about what I was going to spend my time on. I love video games and cartoons and spend way too much time on Threadless and the internet in general, so all of that kind of rolls up into a ball of influence that I pull from every day. I’d describe my style as cute, bright, and playful! Though, I’ll mix it up from time to time.
You’ve been a member on Threadless for almost 7 years now and an active forum member. Has being part of the Threadless community helped you as an artist?
Being a part of Threadless has helped me immensely. There are so many talented people that are more than willing to give you pointers when you need them, and the support that they offer is priceless! It has helped me find the motivation to go from one design to the next and continue to grow as an artist. I have made a lot of amazing friends here.
What’s your favorite part about being part of the Threadless community?
The people that I have had the pleasure to get to know! And I work from home, so having a place where I can be around my peers is really comforting and helpful towards keeping me sane.
You submitted over 89 designs before you got your first print - do you have any advice for either new artists or people still trying to crack their first print?
Love what you do and don’t be afraid to take a break once in a while. I had a hiatus that lasted a few years and I think it really helped in the long run. Try not to fret too much about getting high scores or lots of votes, just keep doing and learning and making things.
When you’re not on Threadless, what do you like to do?
I have a lot of hobbies, so I’m always doing something! I love video games and spend way too much time playing them (dang JRPGs!). Other things that I like to do are sewing, trying to learn how to paint, reading comics, arting, and hanging out with my husband. I spend a lot of time indoors. Probably too much.
Are you working on anything fun at the moment?
I’m working on a few collaborations with other Threadless artists! And I’m always coming up with new ideas of my own for submissions. Since I finally got a print, I REALLY want to take some time and start working on a comic, which is something I’ve always wanted to do. So many things to draw, so little time.
Any last words or shoutouts?
PLATYPIES FOR LIFE!