We had the good fortune of connecting with Chloe Pineda and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chloe, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I’d say freedom is a big reason why I want to pursue a career in the arts, specifically animation. For the first few years I started drawing as a habit, I focused on developing my skills, such as painting portraits in watercolor. But when I took AP Art in highschool, it was the first time I was put in a situation where I had to challenge myself to produce a portfolio based around a unique theme. I based my theme around the question: if important men of history were women, how would that influence modern society? That project redefined my desire to do art, because it showed me I was capable of answering my own curiosity, and that art could be an outlet to express all sorts of ideas in my head. I became completely wrapped in this idea of perspective and how to communicate ideas through art. I guess, after this new purpose with art, I couldn’t really see my future without it. Instead of seeing art as a small hobby, I found myself relying on it day after day to channel out ideas.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think the main focus in my art is color. When I first started digital art in 2016 and posted on an instagram account, all I did were studies and pieces in black and white. I struggled painting with color in my attempts to be realistic, such as matching skin tones accurately, or creating light and shadows perfectly, etc. But I started relaxing a bit, trying complementary palettes, and I found my art much more enjoyable that way. In the past few years doing art, it has taught me that experimentation is key, especially when struggling with imagination or drive. I wouldn’t have found joy in digital art if I didn’t experiment with the way I wanted to color my pieces. I wouldn’t have been interested in animation if I didn’t experiment with a small feature of a digital software on my laptop. And just the idea of experimenting in general, like testing out ideas, environments, stories, is key to enjoying art for me.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Hmm, the only places I know around Mira Mesa are those I visited a lot with my sister and family. I’d suggest visiting the snack places first: the boba place by Target (Square Bar), or the one by CVS (Ding Tea), or the one by Wings N Things (Gong Cha). That, along with other hangout places as well: the park a little ways past my house where my auntie once celebrated her baby shower, the Barnes & Noble by the movie theater, or a walk through the neighborhood–especially the culdesac, next to the house with a gigantic front garden, that directly faces the sunset. Of course, there’s the malls, like UTC, or the 30 minute drive to the beach, but if a friend I’m meeting is interested in my neighborhood, I’d gravitate towards the simple places that are easy to make memories in.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
As a young artist I feel I owe my growth to a lot of people. My parents, for supporting me and encouraging me to pursue a job involving art. My Tita Lotlot, who gifted me her old drawing supplies when I first became interested in art–I still have that very first watercolor sketchbook she gave me. My Ate Kayla and Ate Loren, who I see as sisters that made me feel comfortable to have a family to laugh and enjoy with. My art teacher, Ms. Bartels, who helped me develop my skills for the past three years. My biggest shoutout is to my sister, Ate Yna, who I am so happy to see is finally living a new chapter of her life in Chicago. She’s my number one supporter, my biggest helper, and someone who’s always been there to see me grow, while I’ve always been there watching her grow as well. She helped me feel comfortable sharing my art, whether it be a painting on her guitar, a cover art for her song, or just talking about it with her friends.
I admire her a lot and try my best to follow after her because, with the two of us being creative in our household, it feels like we understand each other the most, especially how difficult it is to share work and be happy about it. After a lot of challenges and opportunities, it makes me feel really proud of how far she’s gone when she puts out a new song, shares a new idea with me, or posts on instagram. It brings me back to growing up together, and hearing her play guitar in the room nextdoor. So, if you’re looking for a song to add to a playlist–like “songs to play during a long drive for a ‘main-character vibe'”–go ahead and give her a listen! Look for Yna on Spotify! Love you, sis <3