Ambition

For illustrator Pamela Majocha, getting her creative juices flowing is just a part of the job.

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Pamela Majocha says she wants to make art that’s pretty — not provocative. The Ryerson Fashion Communications graduate illustrates settings that fit each unique individual that you see in them.

Nicole Siena: Do you know if illustrating is what you want to do for the rest of your life, or are you still evolving as a person?
Pamela Majocha: It’s so frustrating. Now, I’m more interested in home décor. But how long will I be interested in that? It’s a little frightening, but you just have to take opportunities as they come, instead of denying them. I want what I do to be something I can do tirelessly. I don’t want it to cause me any stress, because sometimes drawing something really pretty will stress me out to no end.

NS: Are you a perfectionist?
PM: Yes. But the world doesn’t award perfectionists; it awards people who get stuff done. It’s so hard to walk away from a picture and say you’re done.

NS: What inspires the drawings?
PM: Usually stuff like movie sets and home décor. It always starts with a setting. I’m always trying to make a person fit into that setting, even if the setting itself doesn’t end up in the illustration.

NS: Do you go through magazines and find outfits you like, or do you come out with most of them yourself?
PM: I save a lot of outfits that I see on the computer. But the biggest thing is when I’m anywhere in Toronto, and I see a girl with a cute outfit I will memorize it and draw it later. I love it because Toronto is super fashionable. There are so many people doing the exact right thing. I don’t particularly have that skill per se… it’s a weird disconnect.

NS: What are your strengths and weaknesses?
PM: I remember reading this inspirational quote from Ira Glass. It said that there’s so much time and work you have to do before you’re absolutely happy with your work. There’s such a process to come up with work that turns out exactly how you intended it to be.

And I feel like I’m getting closer to that. It felt good to read. You have to make a lot of crap before you make something good.

NS: Earlier you said that doing graphic design pushes your boundaries, how do you overcome challenges or push your abilities?
PM: In any situation where you feel that you’re not ready, that’s how you know you’re going to learn something. For most of life’s opportunities, you’re not supposed to feel ready. If you feel like you can do it 100%, then there’s nothing to learn. There has to be a challenge involved or else you won’t grow.

NS: Do you feel like you’re on the right track to finding something you can do for the rest of your life, or do you sense a big change in the future?
PM: I don’t know what the future holds. Something that I talk about with a lot of people is what they want to do and whether or not you’re doing it. I wonder if anyone ever finds that. I just want to get paid to do what I love.

And I don’t really know what I love. Illustrations are the closest thing that I know. I will certainly be in the arts industry, that’s for sure. I’m actively trying to figure it out. I’m looking for answers.