issadrawing is an artist and graphic designer who I found on Instagram during my search for graphic designers who met a certain criteria. That criteria being;
- Do I fux with their artwork
- Do they have any credits for artists that I like or know of.
Not only does issadrawing have the talent but scrolling through her page I found that she has worked with many artists and is actually a go to / in house designer for thatwhole YBN movement that’s been buzzing lately. I reached out to issa and she agreed to do an interview! Scroll down to see examples of her work and to find out more about this graphic designer on the rise!
Any major credits I should list? I’ve been blessed enough to be able to work with YBN Nahmir, Almighty Jay, Rich the Kid, Blaatina, JDPresidente, SmokePurpp, The Farrow, KloudGod, Sammy Adams, Billy Marchiafava, Indica, Goldman, Key Glock, Merch items for Charlie Puth and many more.
Any interesting stories on how you secured your placements? Haha no not really in the beginning I would just reach out to artists I really liked and show them my portfolio and my dedication to my craft to see if we could go from there.
How old are you? I am 21 years old
Where are you from? I’m from the Bay Area, San Jose and Oakland to be exact
How long have you been designing album / mixtape / song covers? It feels longer but I’ve only been designing covers for about eight months but I have been drawing, painting, even doing graffiti since I could walk.
What are your rates? Currently I go by estimates.
What is the most you made off of one design? The most I’ve made is around 500 off one order.
How did you get into the game? I’ve been drawing all my life but last year around March I decided to get back into painting and sketching and I was mostly drawn to drawing rappers that inspired me, surprisingly one of Kyle I had done got his attention and asked me to send it to him, never got the chance to so instead I brought it to a concert of his, he gave me very inspiring words of encouragement and I decided to pursue on with designing and drawing I even got noticed by his DJ Brick and Jada they all really inspired me to continue and I thank them for that.
Who are your biggest influences? My parents are big ones, both my mother and father have overcome so much in life it showed me that even where I was from and what I grew up in I could achieve anything. Honestly anyone whose out there working hard and creating their own mind inspires me, seeing someone else’s dedication and hard work used can be inspiring for everyone but specifically I’d say Steven @cartoonboomin really inspires me and is underrated as well his vision is beautiful.
Want to give any shoutouts? Shout Out to my boy Baby Budden @t00ns.reek and my frank ocean @dirtybutt
What is something about you people would be surprised to know? Probably that I used to be a child actress haha, did a commercial when I was younger and had an audition with Disney I got a part on a show but we couldn’t afford everything they were offering back then, my mother was a single mom taking care of me and my baby brother all by herself so it was just way too much for her.
Who are the favorite artists you have worked with? Definitely YBN as a whole, literally the entire team is filled with inspiring, hardworking people and I’m glad to be apart of it. Every single one of them are really cool people and give great ideas and feedback on designs that helps with creating a lot more fluent piece.
Do you use a particular software? I use a Wacom tablet with my laptop and all of adobe products including photoshop.
How many designs have you sold in your career? Definitely over 100
How much did you make last year? Not too much as I was starting back in but I’m almost to the point where I can just focus on art as a career, its coming very soon.
What are your plans for 2018? I have big plans for 2018, many already in effect, a lot I can’t say yet but hopefully if I continue to work hard and use my all while staying humble, blessing will continue.