(She/Her) • Iloilo, Philippines
Bea Barros is a Filipino illustrator and lettering artist. She enjoys creating playful typographies, and vibrant illustrations that use exaggerated movements and broken proportions. She was a former marketer for five years who decided to pursue her passion for arts by becoming a full-time freelance illustrator. Obsessed with high contrasting colors, Bea believes that beautiful, bold palettes make the world happier and youthful!Read more
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An interview with
Can you recall the first time you realized you were going to be an illustrator? What were your earliest impressions?
Growing up, I have been drawing and experimenting with art, but it never crossed my mind that I wanted to become an artist. I always thought of it as a hobby or a pastime. Maybe because in our culture, especially in my generation, art was never brought up as an option for career. I pursued marketing because that is the closest career that I could express my creativity. It took me five years to finally decide to quit my marketing job and pursue my life-long passion of becoming an illustrator and lettering artist.
Who or what influenced your art when you were young?
I believe being artistic runs in my family. My sister is a talented singer and my brother is a fashion designer. When we were kids, we would play games that would fuel our creativity and imagination. Our church back then was also influential because the young community was immensely creative. It was in our church that I learned Adobe Photoshop. I also remember I always get awestruck with anything colorful. I joined Tumblr in the early 2000s and the art community there was intensely proactive. I discovered several talented artists who made beautiful illustrations and letterings, and they inspire me to create and explore my own style.
Do you remember what your first artwork looked like? Do you still have it?
I can’t remember my first artwork anymore. But I saw an old drawing on the last page of my favorite childhood book. It was my drawing of a house with an entrance full of flowers, a stick figure of a girl with her slippers placed outside of the house. I think that is the oldest drawing I still have.
Why did you choose illustration as your life’s work instead of, for example, filmmaking, law, or even medicine?
I realized that drawing comes out naturally to me. I can draw for several hours and I would not want to stop. I find bliss working alone with my ipad and pencil. When I see artists that I admire getting wonderful projects, I always get inspired and wanted to become just like them.
Did you study art in school?
No, but I wish I had. I took up Marketing when I was in college. I am a self-taught artist and I learn by practice, by observing the works of others, watching Youtube tutorials, and taking up online art courses.
Where does your inspiration come from; your impulse to make art? Do you have a source for your ideas?
I get my inspiration from artists that I admire and from the things that I see everyday. I also draw inspiration from my own life- through my emotions and experiences. Pinterest and other creative platforms are also great ways to look for inspiration.
Do you think illustration has the eye of the public or could public awareness of this field be improved upon?
With the rise of the internet, people have more access to appreciate illustrations. But in my opinion, it can still be improved and encouraged especially in third-world countries like the Philippines. Art, especially digital illustrations, are still underappreciated and most artists are still paid very low. Some have to give up and look for other high paying jobs so they can provide for their families.
Why does art matter to you? Why might it matter to the world?
Art matters to me because it gives me hope to achieve my dreams and goals in life. It matters to the world because it connects people. Art has the power to change a person and make the world a better place to live in. It helps people to heal and cope from depression.
If you could give a viewer clues to understanding your art, what would you say?
If my art gives you a happy feeling, a lift or encouragement, then I believe you understand what my art is about.
If you could look back or forward 100 years, do you think the life of an artist was or will be better than today?
I cannot really say it would be better because it depends on the situations that will happen in the future. Everything has its pros & cons. Like right now, it is easier for us to promote our works because of the internet, but competition is much more intense than before. But I believe that one’s life can be better if you have dedication, hard work, patience and have a mind for continuous improvement.
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