We had the good fortune of connecting with Bianca Reyes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bianca, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
I think some people still struggle to believe the creative field is important to our society. I have heard a lot of comments by people saying they didn’t/struggled to follow their creative career (Theater, music, dancing, writing, etc…) because they didn’t get the support they needed emotionally to keep ongoing mostly because those careers are taken as hobbies or too risky. But we as creatives I believe are the ones that put the most effort into our work, the amount of time and heart that we take to create something, the anxiety we get for society to like what we do.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I create digital illustrations inspired by known characters and also create my own original ones. I am very motivated in animated films and colorful bright colors! I get a lot of inspiration from Disney films and parks, I personally love the message that they give out to people about love, friendship, self- growth, and motivation. But not only do I admire that but also their character design in films, and creativity of their theme parks. I had the pleasure to have participated in a previous interview with the SD Voyager where I talked a little bit in more depth about my story with art. My artwork is all about positive vibes and joyful feelings, I want to make people feel happy with my work, I want to remind them how it feels to be at the happiest place on earth. Many of the vibrant colors I use have helped me a lot to fight my anxiety and I do not only use them in my drawings but also in my everyday life, they’re something that I need regularly because they make me feel peace. I also draw what I can’t express, is like an escape from reality and I have used this mechanism since I was really young. This year 2020 so far has been a challenge to all of us, I have used this time to learn more about myself and what path I want to take with my art and my with my life. I have started nurturing myself with other creative fields, such as singing and sculpting, all I know is that I would like to try everything even though drawing will always be my most beloved talent.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
I would definitely take them Downtown, Little Italy, Seaport Village, Balboa Park… I have always found those places beautiful and there’s always something to do, art walks, events, galleries, etc… I would love to sit at Balboa Park and draw while having a conversation, enjoying the buildings, and the fresh air also, visit their museums. There’s something very peaceful about those places that I love.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I am incredibly grateful to my husband Luis who has always being by my side and encouraging me to keep doing what I like and try new things. I am blessed to have a supportive family and many artistic and talented friends around me to learn from and support each other from illustrators to wood crafters. Each one of them is important to me because from them I learned not to give up and to pursue further. I’m following a very personal goal of mine at the moment and I can’t wait to see where it takes me, I’m at an age where I want to try everything I’ve ever wanted to try. I have made myself a little bucket list of things I need to do in my life I’m not limited to only drawing, is all a work in progress and I’m enjoying every little bit of it. I want to shoutout one of my very good friends Larissa Santo’s who is a musical theater actress, who encouraged me into singing lessons knowing that is something I’ve wanted to do since I was very young but never had the courage to do it because I was too shy and insecure of my voice but seeing her on stage and seeing all the hard work she puts to get to where she is inspired me to try it. That has been my biggest challenge and goal this year and I’m happy to finally be working towards it.