Q&A with Aparna of Green Bean Studio



Q: We love your illustrations  – where do you draw inspiration for your drawings?

A: Thanks! The funny thing is I can’t pin point to any particular source, it’s really random… I’ve had ideas that stemmed from things I saw on a long bus ride, a walk in the park, a trip to the grocery store, while cooking…

I always keep a diary handy to jot these ideas down. There have been times when I’ve requested my husband remind me of the ideas I mumbled mid-sleep 😀

Our new Raccoon love card is an example of that.




Q: What comes first – the illustration or the sentiment? 

A: It’s usually the sentiment that sparks a series of scribbles and thumbnails  – and sometimes during these image brainstorming sessions, I end up illustrating something that sparks a strong sentiment.




Q: In addition to illustrating cheery animals, monsters and more, your sentiments are hand lettered. How have you developed your lettering style?

A: I’ve always been fascinated how calligraphers and typography artists are able to emote certain feelings, draw attention to specific parts of a phrase – by playing with placement, font type and font combinations.

Since most of my cards have a phrase along with the illustration – I try many different types of lettering styles to compliment the illustration and sentiment. Through trial, error and practice, I have built a library of sorts overtime of personal lettering styles that I pick and choose from.




Q: You’ve recently added recipe journals to your line. What is your favorite thing to cook?

A: Chicken biryani hands down! Did you know there are more than 10 different types?! It’s a favorite go-to at our place!




Q: What do you love about snail mail?

A: The tingly feeling you get when you receive it! The feeling of being ‘special’ when you see your name on an envelope(that isn’t a bill!) and then of course the curiosity to see who sent it and what’s in it!

Q: Any dream projects or collaborations?

A: I’d love to be able to illustrate a children’s book someday!