We had the good fortune of connecting with Irene Noguerón G. and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Irene, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Having a balanced life is important; I see a lot of artists who tend to forget that. Because the work, at least for me, tends to become obsessive in a way. The balance between my artistic career and everyday life has changed a bunch since I started. Especially in digital art, I saw artists grinding out art every day and I thought I needed to do the same thing in order to keep up, and it was fun for a while but doing art for the sake of producing content is the easiest way of burning out fast, both mentally and physically. I think over the years I’ve gotten better at taking breaks and just thinking instead of overthinking.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I don’t know if there’s anything that sets me especially apart from other artists. I just like telling stories through art, and try to make what I would personally like to see in the form of illustrations, comics, etc. and hoping that other people like it too. I think there are many challenges in an artistic career, nothing is guaranteed, there’s always uncertainty but that’s ok. I’m just trying to do my best and it’s been a slow process but it’s slowly getting better and better.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh man, I don’t know if I’m the best person to answer this sort of question because I am a homebody one hundred percent, even before COVID hit! And when I go out I tend to stick to walking around the beach or parks. I love the beach and the cozy coffee shops that are right on the boardwalk. If there wasn’t a pandemic I would probably just find art and food events happening that week and take them to that. Also, my main city is Tijuana, so everything I love doing is right in this city.
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 think the people that have encouraged me a lot to keep going in the difficulties of the art world are the words from people that only or mostly know of my work and not me. The people that have somehow stumbled upon my paintings, webcomics or my illustrations and just genuinely loved it and tend to reach out and tell me how my art brought some kind of joy into their lives. That’s very special to me.
Other: Webcomic: https://tapas.io/series/Nenes-Bedtime-Stories