Artist of the Month – October: Ainhoa

We here at Loud and Alive love art – any kind of art. And after we celebrated Inktober by talking to various artists, we decided to continue the celebration by featuring an up and coming artist every month.

This month, it’s Ainhoa, whose art you might have seen in our first edition of The Loud and Alive Monthly Newsletter (to which you can sign up here). Ainhoa is from Barcelona, she hopes to become a concept artist and the most important piece of advice she gave us is – have patience.

So let’s hear what she had to say!

 

Loud and Alive: Tell us a little about yourself.

Ainhoa: My name is Ainhoa Argente, I’m from Spain, raised and born in Barcelona and I’m currently 22 years old. I have studied 3D animation and videogames and I hope one day to be a Concept Artist, but at this moment I’m studying Illustration.

You can find me in the interwebz under the usernames Ainhochu or AinhoaADCM.

Loud and Alive: Does your personal life influence your art?

Ainhoa: I do think so, mostly in the amount of art I produce and in the mood, I try to keep a very light heart and happy style but my art can become a little bit darker if I’m feeling down.

 

 

Loud and Alive: How/when did you start drawing?

Ainhoa: I started a little bit later than most artists. In fact, when I was little I despised drawing, but when I was 16 and had discovered DeviantArt I started finding some amazing artists like Lauren Bergholm (Ibergholm) and Brigid Vaughn (Burdge) and seeing their drawings made me want to draw fanart, too and I started.

Loud and Alive: Who are your influences, when it comes to art?

Ainhoa: Most of my influences are internet artists rather than traditional artists. As mentioned before, I started drawing trying to imitate Lauren and Brigid, who are still great influences to me but my most referenced artists are Dinora Nurtdinova (Dinoralp), Annalise Jensen (May12324), Judyta Anna Murawska (Fukari) and Laia López (Itslopezz), as well as my friends and supporters – Gabriela Bosco (Gabssart) and Sarah Gray (Completely_lost). I have learnt so much from this people, and I could mention a million names, like ribkadory, drawingwiffwaffles, drakonarinka, any Disney artist… And I would never end. I take inspiration from any place and any artist I meet.

 

 

Loud and Alive: What are the most challenging things when creating art, in your opinion?

Ainhoa: The whole process! My weakest point has always been inking but as I grow as an artist I find it more and more complex to create art, getting a good idea, trying to make everything make sense in the picture, anatomy has to be correct, the color has to make sense in the environment… And even if the art I submit on the internet took way less work than the pieces I have to hand to school for example, I find the whole process harder and harder as time goes by.

Loud and Alive: We saw that you create fanart, as well. How do you know when there’s a book/show/movie that you want to create fanart of, as opposed to those that you’re not interested in turning into art?

Ainhoa: The main reason is that I create art from my ultimate favorite fandoms and characters. For example, I may like shows like Jane the Virgin but I like Legends of Tomorrow more and if there is an episode that I have missed in both shows I will choose LoT before JtV. The same happens with fanart; if I have to choose between drawing a picture of both shows I will choose the one I like the most.

Also I will mostly draw things that I find attractive or appealing, like I want to draw this character because I like their hair or because I like the clothes they wear, even if I don’t like the character itself. And also I try to avoid things that may push me out of my comfort zone, at least when It comes to art I do for myself.

And also I may or may not have fallen into the trap of “I’m going to draw this because is popular” but most of the time it hasn’t worked and people seem to like more the fanart I draw because I like the books/show/whatever.

 

 

 

Loud and Alive: Is there a big difference between creating fanart and works based on original characters?

Ainhoa: When it comes to OCs you have a lot of flexibility and nobody is going to tell you the way you draw that character is “wrong” (like too thin or too pale) and I find it really fun to draw my own characters, but it’s true that you will hardly gain a lot of followers, unless your art is really really good. And even if sometimes you can get really harsh responses to some fanart it’s an easier way to get feedback and to meet people who likes the same stuff as you do.

Loud and Alive: What are your other interests and do you ever feel them showing in your art, like with fanart?

Ainhoa: My main interests are reading, watching tv shows and movies and a little bit of gaming, which are the main themes of my fanart. I also like to write, sometimes about my OCs, and I enjoy working out, which I think is the only thing that doesn’t show in my art.

Loud and Alive: We are a feminist site and I have to ask – what do you think is the biggest challenge in feminism today?

Ainhoa: The biggest challenge is to be taken seriously and to show that we only want to make the world a better place. When I say I’m a feminist I see how the other person goes from “Oh! Such a nice lady!” to “OMG! She is probably a man-hating feminazi who is going to criticize everything I do!” And I’m there like ”… No like really, I just want everybody to live their lives as they want (as long as they aren’t harming others) instead of people being like I can’t do this because I’m a boy/girl or I have to do this because I’m a “boy/girl”.

 

 

Loud and Alive: Do you have any advice for aspiring artists?

Ainhoa: Draw what you want and have patience. I’m the first one who gets super frustrated with “this person draws way better than I do”, “these 12 year old’s drawings leave me speechless and I’m 22 and my drawings look like potatoes” or “ugh my drawings don’t get likes, it must mean my drawing is awful” but you have to learn to love your art and to get better for yourself, not so others can like your art.

Loud and Alive: Thank you, Ainhoa! Is there anything else you would like to say?

Ainhoa: Mostly that I’m completely open to befriending anyone who has read this interview (you get an extra cookie just for that!).

And of course, thank you for this great opportunity to get featured in such great blog!

 


You can find more of Ainhoa’s art on her Tumblr and Instagram, and you can buy her a coffee right here!

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