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Meet Guia Cartena of Chromatic in San Fernando Valley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Guia Cartena.

Guia, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
When I was a kid, my dad gave me a hand-drawn portrait of myself and it had given me the first inspirations of becoming an artist. The act of creating something from observation and imagination was something that appealed to me at a young age. At that time, drawing was something I heavily considered as a hobby and was greatly inspired by anime styles. I attended John F. Kennedy High School under their digital arts magnet and was just happy that I could attend creative classes. I only started to think about it seriously as a career path when I became a senior and realized that becoming an artist is a hard but viable career. Personally, I think it’s always worth the effort, especially when you feel passionate about your field!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Nothing is ever easy, even with an expressive field like art. When people think of art, most don’t think about purposeful art found in designs like signs, logos, or character conceptions. Even now, I’m still always realizing that if you have a client for a design or commission, they won’t always agree with your vision. It can be very difficult to match a client’s aesthetic but in the end, it’s a great way to vary and expand your style.

Please tell us about Chromatic.
My friends and I are starting up our own anime-inspired brand, “Chromatic,” with my illustrations for stickers and prints. As a company, we take pride in our collaborative efforts in making our artistic visions come to life. In terms of what sets us apart, it’s most likely the style my art; I combine Eastern anime styles with Western aesthetics – specifically the synthwave aesthetic. My signature style includes hand-drawn compositions created in Adobe Illustrator using synthwave color palettes such as dark purples and shades of pink. Overall, we’re trying to create aesthetically pleasing prints and cute stickers that people can enjoy!

What were you like growing up?
Honestly, I was really dorky and happy-go-lucky when I was growing up and I have carried those traits into adulthood. I try to just have a good time with everyone I meet despite my shyness and do my best to respect people. My primary interest has always been my art; growing up, I was always unsure about my skills as an artist but looking back, that insecurity may have been the catalyst for my drive to become better. I would always observe and draw inspiration from styles that I found interesting like anime and 80s aesthetics. Other interests I have include playing games, playing the piano, and singing karaoke.


  • $3 die-cut stickers
  • $18 18″ x 24″ art prints

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