Paulina Riva an artist.
Tell me about yourself?
My name is Paulina Riva, I’m 31 years old, from Argentina. I like so much video games, food, cats, comics and all art styles. I normally focused on 2D drawings, like comic/manga style, and pixel art. otherwise I like too much abstract art. I’m doing pixel art for videogames at the moment.
Tell me about your work experience?
Working on you like is always a wonderful experience, regardless of certain obstacles may present. My work modality is freelance, I feel much more comfortable working that way. The world of video game development, which is where I specialize, has a lot of wonderful and cool people who make my work experience enjoyable.
At what age did you start doing work and developed a love for artwork?
I started work professionally when I was 21 years old, but my love for art has long data. My mother has a degree in “Bellas Artes” and she guided me along this path from a very young age, so it could be said that I was born with a pencil in hand. I can’t say promptly the age I started to draw and train my skills as an artist since I was too young.
How did you develop a fondness for artwork?
From a very young age, the videogames and television programs had watched constantly pushed me to create things, they opened my mind a lot and stimulated my creativity. I’ve always liked inventing things and putting them on paper, draw or writing it.
Did you study artwork? If yes then from where?
I studied Graphic Design at “Instituto superior de Diseño Gráfico” in Rosario city, but I did thousands of courses and workshops throughout my life.
From where did you learn this?
Although I have studied a lot of art and design throughout my life, pixel art has been self-taught learning. Argentina has very small knowledge of art in video game development at that moment, so I investigate in web and practice on my own.
Why did you choose graphic design as a profession?
Before I ask this question I like to make an important declaration: Art and graphic design are different things. the art generates and transmits emotions to the viewer, and graphic design wants to communicate a message using visual resources.
Although I studied Graphic Design, it is not my profession. I do not dedicate myself to it and it is not something that I like to do. At the time I choose that career to expand my knowledge and have more skills to offer when it comes to working.
Who are your biggest influences?
My mother was very influential on me. Without her, I might not be in this place today. Video games and animated series were my biggest influence as a child, later thousands of artists that I was able to access thanks to the internet, I cannot give names, they are a lot! is a habit on me to constantly observe all kinds of visual expression to enrich my experience. If I can mention some games in which their art and set inspires me a lot: Guild Wars 2, Season After Fall, World of Warcraft, all the games from Supergiant Games, Eastward and other games published by Chuklefish, Skyforge, etc.
How do you become a successful artist?
A lot of practice and perseverance!. Knowing how to observe is the most important tool of the artist. Observe different types of art to learn their techniques and reinvent to acquire a new one. Try and fail. Daring to new things. Learn to plan and manage the idea first in your mind before putting it on paper, learn how not to get frustrated when something is getting wrong. Eliminate the idea of perfectionism from your mind.
What makes you a good Illustrator and different from others?
What differentiates one artist from another is always their art style: those details, shapes, and colors that give your work a unique personality, something that is not easy to achieve. There is no better style than the other, after all, they are just that and each one is wonderful in its way. As I said before, everything is achieved with practice and perseverance, but also with responsibility.
What Do Your Illustrations Represent?
It is a difficult question since it depends a lot on the influences of the moment and how I feel when I do them. But mostly they represent my state of mind according to their range of colors, love for nature, longing for tranquility and peace, and the fantasy world in which I would like to live.
What Does Your Art Mean to You?
Is a way of expressing what I feel when words do not help me. It is a distraction, creates relaxes me a lot, helps me de-stress and I enjoy it. I like to create non-existent things and give them a visual way to share the things that cross my mind with others. It is an incredible tool to “transmit”.
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