Monday, June 16, 2014

Handbags and Luggage Design Collection for Dakine

Dakine Women's AC Series pack/bag/accessory2015 Spring/Summer line

 It was one year ago that I was inspired to expand my artistic endeavors by designing my first intricate and detailed illustration. This has opened a whole new world of wonderful opportunities for me to express my artistic feelings.
I have been drawing for several years now, but in April, 2013 I decided to expand my artistic drawing and design approach. Since then I have gained a lot of attention from various online stores, blogs, and great people overall.

In this post I wanted to share one of the most exciting moments in my artistic career thus far. After my 'Dreamy Tribal' illustration was completed (see above), I started creating more detailed illustrations and expanding my portfolio to include many intricate handmade patterns and animals as well. Then in August 2013 this e-mail came through:

"Hi Pamela,

I am in the process of selecting an artist for the DAKINE Women's AC Series
pack/bag/accessory 2015 Spring/Summer line. I came across your illustrations
online and after showing your work around to our product and marketing team,
we thought you would be a great fit for the project."

In this e-mail, DAKINE attached some photos of their past designer collections. They all looked amazing. I was a bit nervous at the time. It would be a very big project to take on, and I was still in the learning process relating to “surface pattern design”. Being very excited about the opportunity, I obviously decided to go for it.

Two weeks later I had my pattern ready for DAKINE and they absolutely loved it!

Later in the year they sent me mock-ups of how my designs would look on their various luggage and handbag pieces, and I must humbly say that they were beyond beautiful.
Below is a black and white draft. I then added color in Adobe Illustrator.

Several months went by, and just recently DAKINE contacted me again with some actual photos of my line! They named it 'Rhapsody', and as soon as I opened the e-mail and saw my design on their luggage and handbags… happy tears started to run down my cheek. This was truly a big moment for me.

So today I can finally share them with the world! They won’t be in their stores until February 2015, but they have been produced and below are the final results.

I want to finish this blog post by highlighting a personal thought…. that "Dreams Do Come True".
Pursue whatever it is that you are after. Do not let doubts or fears get in the way. They will always exist, but I believe we must use these feelings to make us stronger, and more determined to prove to ourselves that we really can achieve anything. As long as you have the love and passion, no obstacle can prevent you from achieving your dreams.

POST UPDATE! March 2015

My 'Rhapsody Design' is now available at Billabong stores!
I was beyond thrilled and happy when I went in the store and found this.

 Thank you very much for taking a minute of your time to read my post. If you have any questions or would like to reach me personally please do so at:


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Interview on Pom Graphic Design by Prints On Wood!

Re-Post from +Prints on Wood Blog


Before tribal art was watered down for the masses to adorn the biceps of Frat-Bro's and the sides Del-Taco cups, it was popularized by indigenous people around the world for thousands of years as a way to tell a story about their legacy and culture through beautiful, intricate patterns.
Peruvian artist Pamela Gallegos, creator of POM Graphic Design, has embarked on a one-woman quest to reclaim tribal art so that it can grow to become more associated with the elements and nature by snatching it out of the fat sweaty hands of Juggalos everywhere.
This week, we were fortunate to catch up with Pamela, as she discusses the inspiration and heritage behind her particular style of art.

POW: The colorful patterns featured in your artwork have a distinct textile appearance, triggering mental images of dashikis, chullos, and tapestries. Is this intentional, and what would you say inspires this?
PAMELA: I really don’t feel that it is intentional, however I understand I have a distinct style that is inspired by my cultural background. This influences the end result of my pattern designs and illustrations. I am a Peruvian who was born in the US, but then moved back home around the age of 5 where I lived until I was 19. I then came back to the US to continue my Graphic Design career.
I started travelling within my country at a young age. During these travels I was completely captivated and “awe-inspired” by all that my fascinating culture had to offer. I visited mystical and majestic places such as Machu Picchu and Marcahuasi just to name a few. This played a big role in the development of the artist that I have become today. Travelling can be very inspiring, fulfilling and awakening.
In most of my illustrations and patterns you see not only a variety of colors and shapes, but also elements of nature in some abstract iconic way.

POW: Several photographs on your Facebook page showcase your ability to create intricate geometric patterns by hand. How long do one of these illustrations take to complete, and are you ever discouraged when thinking of all the detail that it will require?
PAMELA: It depends, but usually they take me about 2 weeks maximum to complete. The detailed and intricate aspect of my art is the most fun part to me. Even when my hand starts cramping and loosing all sensitivity I keep going! It is my happy place, where I can let my mind wonder freely.
About my process, I start off by pencil not knowing exactly where I am going but always finding a way, creating harmony in my illustrative journey. Then I finish it of with Rapidograph technical pens and after that comes the digital component. I detail my design process step by step in my blog if you would like to check it out.
Mostly my designs are done freehand but from time to time I use tools such as a compass and rulers. What I enjoy the most is freehand illustration where my hand has a mind of its own and it’s singing and dancing to its own compass. I am never discouraged when I consider the intricacy of my work. I love it!

POW: As a Graphic Designer with a huge body of illustrative work, was there ever a time when a client was skeptical about your abilities to create something a little more tame/boring than what your artistic style dictates? If so, how did you overcome their apprehension?
PAMELA: Well, as an Artist/Graphic Designer I understand that what the industry demands from time to time is not exactly the “out of the box” artistic views that I express and that sometimes we got to go by standards, rules and trends. Most of the time I do accomplish and deliver what my clients require, however sometimes, if not most of the time, I must admit I do let my mind wonder off a bit more. Most of the time they end up loving it even if it’s not what they envisioned at the beginning.

BELUGA SKIN CARE labels & logo by POM Graphic Design
POW: As someone who relies heavily on word of mouth, self-promotion, and trade/art shows to sell your creations, has showcasing your work as an artist on Prints On Wood allowed you to generate more interest among newer fans on a more national level?
PAMELA: Definitely yes! Fans and friends love to see a variety of products.  I consider your Prints On Wood to be spectacular, full of bold and vibrant colors; just as the artists would like to see their artwork produced.

POW: Speaking of fans, you're giving away a free 9 x 12 copy of your Soulmate wood print here at Prints On Wood. Could you tell us a little bit about the meaning behind this image and it's inspiration?
PAMELA: Of course, it is always delightful when we get to talk about the inspiration behind each design. I have always been captivated by the romanticism associated with the idea of having a “Soul Mate”. As I created this piece of art, I was inspired to reflect the connection of the two souls adding my tribal touch.

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Illustration Process for my Tribal Penguin

Hi Everyone & Happy Friday!

in this post I will share in detail from start to finish my Penguin illustration process.

First of I trace my penguin and all it's tiny details in pencil, once I am done I grab my Rotring Rapidograph pens and retrace the whole illustration with care, patience and attention to all my fine line details steady pulse is a must here! I use tips 0.1, 0.2 and 0.4 mostly.

Once I have retraced all the outlines with my pen I scan it and save a copy for adding color later in Adobe Illustrator.
I then move on to doing my black and white version by starting to fill in the shapes and spaces with black ink.

Once it feels like it's done, again I scan it and save this version, which will be my final black and white version.

Moving on to color. I upload my 1st outlined scanned version to Adobe Photoshop first to clean it up.
I end up re-tracing and re-drawing the whole illustration practically all over again. I am a big perfectionist and I want my lines to be as clean and accurate as possible, I currently do not have a great scanner yet so this is why I have to re-trace some parts again on Photoshop, double the work, double the fun! And yes, patience lots of patience, but when doing something you love the extra work does not really matter.
By the way I work with a Wacom Intuos 4 Tablet and am saving up to get the Wacom Cintiq which would allow me to draw directly to the screen and convert my illustration traces straight to vector lines and save me all this cleaning up process.

Ok by now I have my cleaned up version ready for Adobe Illustrator for the fun color adding part!
I open my .jpg or .png version on Adobe Illustrator and use the "Live Trace" tool adjusting the settings to the one that will go best to my design, to convert all my lines to vectors. works like magic!

I then select my color palettes to proceed with color adding. There are a few ways of adding colors, my favorite one is the "Live Paint Bucket". I select my color per area and then live paint one by one by sections.

I keep going, one by one until I fill in each space accordingly to my chosen color palette.

And Voila! this Little guy is done :)

The above version is called "Ethnic Penguin" my black and white version ended up looking like the one below and I named it "Tribal Penguin"

Here are some products you can find in my Society6 Shop

 Thanks for stopping by and taking yourself the time to read my post! If you have any questions or thoughts please shoot me an e-mail at

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Copyright © 2013 Pom Graphic Design  

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

My First Art Exposition at Wyndood for Art Basel Miami Week

Hello Everyone! This is my first post of the year and a very exciting one!

  The year 2013 ended in a very exciting way when I was selected by Vividly to display several of my artistic items at Wynwood for Miami Art Basel Week! It was an honor, that out of 70 qualified artists, they chose only 3, myself included.
 Vividly is an art community and fashion house for those who love well-made clothes that express their passion, vivacity, and love of art. They partner with visual artists to create garments that incorporate their art, providing a new way for artists to share their work.
Every piece is made in the USA, using high quality fabrics that are a pleasure to wear. Each simple silhouette tells a story or conveys an emotion just what you’d expect from these ultimate statement pieces.
The founders of this amazing company are Sabrina & Silvia Scandar, Sisters born and raised in Miami, Florida. They founded Vividly to foster creativity and promote self-expression through clothing.

  Not only did I have 2 of my clothing pieces there for exposition, I also had the opportunity to have my original framed prints there for expo and sale as well.

It was a fun busy night, with great people, beautiful ambience, and delicious organic appetizers. This provided for an overall great cultural and artistic experience given all of the other very interesting art expositions displayed.

Many thanks to Vividly for this wonderful opportunity!

You can find my clothing designs sold by Vividly here:

And my poster prints and more here:

Copyright  © 2014 Pom Graphic Design