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Today we’d like to introduce you to Nadine Promes.

Nadine, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I’m the second born of five children and by far the most curious of all my siblings. It’s this innate curiosity that would drive me to be the person I am today, pursuing and realizing the dream I’ve always had.

I grew up in Maracaibo, Venezuela, the country’s hottest city filled with the most humorous people I have ever met. Being raised by a relentlessly hard-working father, I learned the importance of valuing everything I have in life and to live it to the fullest. However, growing up in Venezuela, I felt I had to hide my immense love for animation. In many Latinx countries, animation is not a respected or acknowledged profession.

After graduating from high school, I moved to Paris, France to study architecture, however, it didn’t take me long to realize that this was not my path; but it did expand my mind and creativity. Being outside of my home country gave me clarity and boldness to continue pursuing my dream of working in the animation industry. Three years and a new language later, I would move once again to acquire my BFA in Animation from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) where I would study in its four campuses around the world; Lacoste, France, Hong Kong and it’s two American branches located in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia. Since then, my life has transformed exponentially.

After taking a leap of faith, fueled by my undying passion for animation, gaining new experiences and industry involvement, I have been growing and flourishing into the very person I was always meant to be.

I have gone from teaching Animation classes in Puerto Rico, to be a judge for the ASIFA-South Animation Conference and Festival in Georgia. I have also done an animated short for Mitú and Sony Pictures Animations (who later hired me as a Production Coordinator) and have volunteered in many other amazing industry-related events.

Currently, I am the Director of Public Relations in Latinx In Animation, a community-building organization that brings the creatives in Animation, Gaming, and VFX industries together in order to educate, empower and embrace creatives.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I consider myself a story artist primarily. Although I write and mostly sketch, my favorite story mediums are the visual arts, i.e. comics, graphic novels, and animation. My body of work is composed mostly of metaphorical illustrations on life topics and sketches of my characters. I have produced and directed animated shorts before like “Nido,” my senior film at SCAD and “Al Otro Lado”, produced with Sony Pictures Animation and Mitú.

I believe that emotional intelligence is derived from understanding one’s struggles. This is why my stories mostly focus on dealing with pain and life obstacles. Like most in the world, I’ve had my share of struggles in life.

Even before I could articulate this, at a very young age, I was already practicing art therapy, self-taught of course. I would sketch out different characters that represented different points of views on difficult events in my life. I would then make these characters interact with each other in a form of comic/storyboarding format and many times ended up untangling my ‘mind-knots’ through reflection and realizations derived from the contact of different perspectives.

More than ten years later, this practice with the same characters has stuck with me and has developed into an incredible metaphoric collection of linked stories of growth, learning about emotional intelligence and the world we live in (or simply, what it is to be human). It is a story, which I owe my life to and fights to tell every day.

Since the stories I tell are derived from my art therapy, they are inspired by what I learn in life and the life of people and events that impact me. However, although based on my life, the metaphoric stories are not autobiographical.

A couple of the themes my stories currently deal with are; immigration, discrimination, positive feminism, gender freedom, psychological disorders, diseases, loss, animal and nature rights, relationships, and more. My stories, filled with these themes, are crafted with the hope to help others cope with today’s world.

Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
As an artist and world citizen:

In my opinion, the lack of emotional intelligence in the world is the number one problem artists struggle with. Society is becoming too selfish and greedy and is beginning to forget about the importance of values and learning to grow positively as a person and community; which is only learned through self-reflection, empathy, and experiences.

This greed has caused an obsession for money and a distraction from values. Because money has become a priority, and art is such an abstract world you cannot ‘count’ or ‘measure’, there has been this misconception that doing art is not sustainable. Therefore, people don’t invest in the education of the arts.

This then causes artists to underestimate and undersell themselves, which leads them to think they are worthless. This also prevents industries from flourishing around the world (Venezuela included). Basically, artists are trapped in a loop of damnation caused by modern society standards fueled by a lack of emotional intelligence.

My personal opinion rebels against modern society. I believe art is the answer, and I know this because of my experiences. It is with imagination and bravery against the fear of the unknown that new inventions are made and society evolves. The world right now is too afraid to think ‘outside the box.’ Something artists are best at.

As a legal alien:

As a creative living in Los Angeles, I find that my status as an international alien is a recurring challenge to my career. Being with a temporary work status makes it difficult for companies to take a risk on me. I have had conversations with various companies who are interested and excited to have me on board to be then met with a roadblock and HR challenges in this political situation. It is important and understandable the means a country must take to care for their own before taking care of others, but we must not forget the importance of empathy. As a result, I have found myself having to censor my art expression due to my unstable status, something that proves to be emotionally frustrating to me as an artist that values freedom above all.

I always tell myself that the only way to help ease the suffering around the world is to educate them in a way only art can, through stories that teach and inspire change. My goal is to learn as much as I can from the best entertainment hub in Los Angeles and help bring the community together to help other communities around the world that are suffering, like in my home country, Venezuela.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?

For any inquiries on commissions or job offers people can write to me to the following email:

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Image Credit:
Mos Janjamsai

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