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Meet Angelica Silva

Today we’d like to introduce you to Angelica Silva.

Thanks for sharing your story with us, Angelica . So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My father is a photographer, and my sister Is an illustrator. When I was younger, my sister went to art school and I thought it was the coolest thing in the world. I thought to myself “I want to be just like her!”. I drew all sorts of things, as kids do. But my imagination and love for drawing really skyrocketed when I started watching cartoons and anime. It allowed me to really delve into my love for world building and character creation. Looking back, I’m really grateful for those fundamental years where I just created just to create. I think it definitely helped shape me into the artist I am now.

Has it been a smooth road?
I think any artist would tell you that our road is not smooth sailing. I went back and forth with wanting to pursue art as a career. The really technical parts of art never came easy to me like it did for some people. It would take me longer to understand a subject or a technique, and when I looked around at my stuff compared to my classmate’s work, I knew that there was a lack of understanding there. So that really discouraged me. It still does sometimes. But that’s something that I came to peace with that I need to work a little more at some things than other people do.

A big issue I faced within myself coming to art school was I felt like what I wanted to create wouldn’t be accepted by my teachers or peers, and that I needed to make what was “industry accepted”. It made me disliked creating outside of assignments, and somewhere along the way I temporarily lost that fire. I’m going into my senior year, and luckily that feeling has mostly dissipated. It stills creeps up from time to time, but I think part of our identity as artists is being okay with the voice that you emanate in your work. Coming to terms with that has helped re-ignite that fire again.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I’m going into my senior year to be a concept artist for video games. I think that my background in character creation and world building when I was younger really led me here, plus my love for video games. There’s something really unique in that my job is to bring to life someone else’s idea. It makes me critically think in ways that I wouldn’t think would be possible. But yeah, I’m really grateful to be doing what I do right now and the people that helped me get here. Fun fact, I’m going to the same school my sister did!

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
A lot of people share the same disdain about LA, but I think something that’s really great about it is it’s such a huge hub for the entertainment industry. Whether you want to go into animation, movies, or video games, it’s all here. It’s so easy to make connections with people in your field, and it’s easy to find that a lot of people are struggling and succeeding as you are.

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