Like drifting from a daydream to reality, Carley Sibley lives her creative life in two worlds. “I’m a marketing manager by day and a freelance graphic designer by night,” she explains. Using her eye for design to highlight ideas and products she’s passionate about, this Atlanta-based creator crafts unique illustrations in a bold and colorful style.
We chatted with Carley to find out what she’s daydreaming about these days, and how she finds inspiration almost everywhere she looks.
Q: What do you daydream about?
Carley: I have found myself recently daydreaming about travel. Before the pandemic, I think many of us took the ability to travel — especially international travel — for granted.
Q: What things do you consider part of your "artist's toolbox" of inspiration?
Carley: From ‘90s sitcoms to fashion trends to vintage postcards, I find inspiration anywhere and everywhere. I especially find inspiration when traveling to new cities. There’s just something so special about stepping away from the hustle of your daily routine for a few days and being fully immersed in a new culture.
Q: When are you most creative?
Carley: Physically speaking, I’m the most creative first thing in the morning after a good night of sleep! Emotionally speaking, I’m most creative when I’m outside in nature. I like to get away from everything when I’m creating so that I almost forget that the rest of the world exists for a moment in time. When it’s just me and my craft, I find that I create my best work.
Q: If you had three rules to live by, what would they be?
Carley: Never stop learning. Remember to laugh. Enjoy the journey.
Q: Tell us about your process and inspiration behind your artwork piece. What is your daydream and how can people feel inspired to daydream during these tough times?
Carley: I took the time to picture myself in a city that embodies peace. For me, I’ve always dreamed of traveling to Santorini. This dream began for me in middle school after watching Lena Kaligaris travel to Santorini in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. When I picture Santorini, I picture a city where it’s always 75 degrees and sunny. A city flowing with clear water and pastel architecture. A city full of both life and peace.
I know many of us would do just about anything to escape to such a utopia, but our current reality is different. Sickness is spreading and unemployment is rising. We may not be able to see the finish line, but one thing I know is true: The sun always rises again. I hope this illustration can help remind you that better, brighter days are ahead.