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Meet Honda Rivera

Today we’d like to introduce you to Honda Rivera.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’m an LA-based illustrator/designer. I grew up in Santa Clarita. I was always a weird kid who like playing with graphs and charts and Mavis Beacon Typing on the Windows computer. I always have had a love for learning useless information, and also for objects. I had loved design and clothing since I was a child. I would say I am obsessed with objects. The way something looks, the way something feels in your hand, the tangibility of physical objects, and the translation of that into a 2-dimensional plane is a part of my process as an artist. I am currently a freelance illustrator (and part-time assistant), and though I do create illustrations. I would say the majority of my influences are from the physical world around me; textures, shapes, clothing, independent fashion labels are a big influence on what I create.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I am very interested in learning various disciplines and because of this always switched my mind, I first started college at LCAD when I was 17, in that time I decided to do my major in Animation, which didn’t work out. I then switched to 3D Modeling for Game Design, and then dropped out for a while and did freelance concept art for game design. I graduated from Art Center College of Design last year, and am glad to finally finish my degree, It was definitely tough for me, being from an immigrant family of seven people, I often had to work during my college years and was very lucky to have had a big scholarship from the school. I struggle a lot from indecisiveness, Major Depression, and anxiety. It often keeps me from being able to achieve my potential or to complete projects. I am glad to be able to have had times recently where I can pull through my Depression, which hasn’t always been the case.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am an illustrator and fine artist. I work most in pen and ink, but I tend to finish my work digitally. I am known best for creating nonhuman femme entities. I am proud of what I create, being that it is so specific that nobody else can make what I am. I pride myself truly in being unique and wanting to always create something new.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
When I was little our house was on top of a hill, so during the summer the side of the hill would be covered in wildflowers. My siblings and I would pick the flowers and get our hands super sticky and give them to my mom. I also loved picking cherries and peaches from the trees in our backyard during the summer when I was a kid. It is a cherished memory of mine.

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Image Credit:
For Bio Image Edward Cushenberry

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