About Hike & Draw, LLC
What is Hike & Draw?
Hike & Draw is a Limited Liability Company (LLC) founded and operated by artists Andres Quintero and Karla Sanders. Hike & Draw sells art on paper prints and canvases fully conceptualized and designed by Andres and Karla, who work with a California-based printing company to physically produce and ship the designs to customers.
Why did you start Hike & Draw?
It seems both Karla and Andres were born with a creative, entrepreneurial spirit. We always wanted to share the joy of places we love through our art, particularly maps and posters. While working jobs in advertising and graphic design, we began selling our work online and after a few years established Hike & Draw.
Why is your art about National Parks?
Most of our art is inspired by the National Parks of America, thanks to visiting the parks and a passion for the idea behind the parks. We believe art is a form of storytelling that can inspire care for these public wild lands, help celebrate our national treasures, and start conversations about conservation. Our own love of the parks idea is what motivates us to create the art and we aim to share that with our audience.
Why did you name your shop Hike & Draw?
We like straightforward things. You know, coffee without cream, no fine print, pencil & paper, that sort of thing. So we created a simple name that captures both worlds we love - straight to the point! We hope the name inspires you too. Go on a hike and once you're back inside, be creative. There is a beautiful harmony that exists between art and nature, don't you think?
What's your favorite park?
So far... Cuyahoga Valley National Park! Okay, that may be surprising to hear, but it holds a lot of symbolism for us as a park we lived close to. Cuyahoga Valley NP inspired us in the early days of establishing Hike & Draw. Second on the list for Andres: Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Second on the list for Karla: Sequoia National Park.
How do you get inspired for your work?
We are currently embarking on a National Park Quest as a way to gain insights and learn about the parks for our work. You can follow along on our blog at nationalparkquest.com.
How do you make your maps and prints?
Karla studied cartography and this education set the foundation for our illustrated maps. We both studied illustration and graphic design, and have created our own work for many years before working together as artists. Combining these skills, this is our process:
- We begin by talking through concepts. Usually these are inspired by an experience with a park or story we read.
- We research each potential idea and brainstorming on composition and aesthetic. Depending on the piece, we take turns creating hand sketches and drawings.
- Each design is based on an original hand drawing.
- From there we illustrate the piece using digital tools and techniques.
- For maps, we assemble vector data and design it with our historic style.
- After creation, each piece is proof-read and checked for quality.
- The final step is working with our printing and distribution partner in California to test the print before adding it to our shop.
- We love receiving feedback from our customers and other park enthusiasts.
Do you offer custom designs?
Yes, we enjoy custom work and making art just for you. Please get in touch and let us know how we can help you.
Do you offer general graphic design services?
Yes, we specialize in identity and website design, as well as illustration. This is what we've done professionally before opening this shop. Please contact us if you are interested in sharing ideas on a project.
What if I place an order and want to cancel it?
We work fast to print and ship your order so you can enjoy your purchase, therefore once you purchase an item, it can not be cancelled. If you have a concern after your purchase, please contact us and we'll work to resolve the issue with you.
What form of payment do you accept?
We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.
Do I receive a price reduction if I buy in bulk?
Items purchased in bulk must all be purchased at the listed price. As artists, we create an exclusive experience with our designs and each product is printed just for you.
Shipping & Refunds
Please also check out our Shop Policies for more information.
My package / print arrived damaged - what next?
Our prints are packaged with great care and attention to detail. In the rare case of a damaged print, please photograph the evidence within 24 hours of receiving the package and send us the photo to hello(at)hikeanddraw.com. We will work with you to solve the problem.
My package never arrived - what do I do?
All of our domestic orders and orders to Canada and the UK are shipped with tracking so you can follow along as your print travels to you. In the rare occasion of a missing package, please let us know ASAP. If tracking indicates the package was delivered, please contact your local post office to see if they are holding the package. We will work with you to solve the problem.
Do you offer refunds, returns and exchanges?
We generally do not offer refunds or exchanges. If you have a concern about your purchase, please let us know and we will work with you to resolve any issues or concerns.
What are your official professions?
Officially, we're the founders and artists of Hike & Draw. However Andres has also worked as a web developer and creative art director in marketing. He worked in Colombia for several years before opening up shop. Karla is a trained cartographer and graphic designer who also holds a MS degree in Environmental Studies from Ohio University. Both Andres and Karla have worked professionally as graphic designers.
Where are you from?
Andres is from Bogota, Colombia. Karla is a hybrid; from Germany and the United States. We met in Italy and lived in Colombia for a short time before moving to Ohio.