Profile: Catalina Estrada

Sitting in her home in Barcelona, Catalina Estrada admits: "I never thought I could make a living out of illustration." She is now doing just that. Casually discussing how brands such as Coca-Cola, Sony and Paul Smith are all after her vibrant, sweet and enchanting drawings, it's hard to imagine that the savvy Estrada was once a little girl growing up in the Colombian countryside.

So, how exactly did Catalina Estrada go from South American school kid, living miles from the nearest city of Medell&iacuten, to in-demand European-based illustrator and successful exhibiting artist? Well, through a rather contradictory mix of studying and travelling, grafting and resting, volunteering and promoting herself.

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