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Meet Aiko Baylon

Today we’d like to introduce you to Aiko Baylon.

Aiko, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Like many other artists, I’ve been drawing ever since I was a child. I was absorbed in cartoons like The Powerpuff Girls as well as anime such as K-On! and Skip Beat. My parents often found young me drawing people with giant eyes and really pointy chins. At a really young age, I’m talking about second grade, I decided that art was going to be both my college and career path. It’s been my goal ever since. I drew and doodled all the way to the start of my college years- beginning at Santa Clara’s Mission College. I graduated with an Associate’s Degree for Transfer in Studio Arts. After a lot of deliberating, I decided to move to Southern California to attend CSU Long Beach to major in Illustration. While in LB, I’ve delved into my studies and have worked as a visual arts instructor and sewing instructor at Inspyr Arts. And here I am!

Has it been a smooth road?
Not always. I have always had a lot of self-doubt about my artistic career. Am I good enough? Is it worth it? Why am I unsatisfied? Why am I not as good as so-and-so? There have been plenty of times where I’ve thought that myself and what I create aren’t good enough. However, that’s not true. It’s important for me to keep a constant reminder that to practice patience with myself and my craft. At the same time, don’t become entirely complicit and relax. I often tell myself, ”always be willing to adapt and improve”. Keep a constant competition with yourself. A professor of mine, Siobhan McClure, told me and my fellow classmates a sentence that will forever stick to me, “artists are made of three things: talent, discipline, and tenacity.”

Please tell us more about your art.
I intend to work as a concept artist under an animation or film studio or gaming company! I enjoy drawing people as accurately, and more importantly, as genuinely as possible. When drawing models, it’s really important to me to stay true to their characteristics. In addition, I believe my playful art style takes advantage of the use of line and color. My ultimate intention is to relay authenticity, sincerity, and lightheartedness to viewers.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I’ll be honest, I’m not sure! I’m just getting my career started so it’s a little difficult for me to give a real good guess. Hope that’s okay!

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Photo taken by Helen Nguyen. Artworks by Aiko Baylon.

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