my personal hero

My mom is crazy smart, extremely practical, and hilarious. She’s always on top of her schedule—and everyone else’s too. One of my favorite things about her is that she’s totally unafraid to speak her mind and get what she wants. To me, my mom represents the American Dream. She came to the U.S. from Mexico City, had kids, and still managed to provide for the family in not just monetary needs but also with the utmost amount of emotional support. My parents worked hard to make sure that my brother and I knew the importance of a good education and finding a career that you love—even though they weren’t working at their dream jobs, they wanted us to have the chance to get there.

why I want to make comics/illustrate/design

Comics

In my opinion comics are one of the most rewarding things you can make. They’re extremely challenging; you have to know how to draw basically anything at any angle and do it conistently. There are a lot of factors involved in making a comic: line quality, shading, pacing, character design and their expressiveness, script-writing, and overall storytelling abilities. I want to make comics that are unique, charming, funny, clever, relatable, and cute. I want people to see themselves in my work and smile. I want young people (especially girls) to read my work and be inspired to be themselves, no matter how weird that may be and how other people may react.

Illustration

When I was in high school I went to a pre-college program at MICA. I took an illustration class with an amazing professor, Greg Houston. He inspired me to become an illustrator, or as our TA affectionately called it, an “art assassin”. I was instantly hooked. I love the challenges of illustrations (take away a cartoonists’s words and it can be pretty tough to convey a message!) as well as all the aesthetic possibilities. I follow hundreds of illustrators on tumblr and I am in constant awe of their unique abilities.

Design

And finally, I still want to design things too. I want my work to always have a sense of fun and charm. I want to tackle big team projects where everyone contributes their skill-set to create something unique. Also let’s be real, graphic design offers a relatively more stable and lucrative job than illustration and/or comics. Is that okay to admit? Whatever, too late.

I don’t think you guys realize how hard it was for me to pick a favorite illustrator, but Eleanor Davis is definitely in my top 10. Her line work is gorgeous, her color is rich, and her voice is poignant and smart. She does regular illustrations for The New Yorker, NYT, Lucky Peach, and more as well as recently publishing a book of her works called How to Be Happy.