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Meet Nadiehzda Cardona

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nadiehzda Cardona.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Like many artists, I’ve been drawing since the time I could hold a pencil. As a kid, I was constantly creating stories, comics, and characters. I found it easy for me to create; it just came to me very naturally. I think that I always knew deep down that I wanted to pursue a career in animation.

It wasn’t until I entered college that I started to pursue a formal education in the arts. I discovered oil painting at my college through my wonderful professor Hagop Najarian. Discovering my passion for painting really helped me find confidence in my own work. It gave me a lot of hope that a future career in art was something that I could attain. Through painting, I also found a whole community of other artists and I was able to learn new techniques from peers and professors alike. I hadn’t realized before then how important it was to connect with other passionate creators. It really has been life-changing after finding a place in a community full of artists. I’m a big advocate for the idea that everyone ought to seek out a community of like-minded peers. It’s very inspiring.

Currently, I’m a senior university student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Entertainment Art and English. Recently, I started dabbling in a bit of voice-over work for animation- It’s been a lot of fun and more tricky than I expected. I’m continuing to turn my paintings into stickers and selling them. I’m also very active with online projects involving other artists.

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?
My journey definitely hasn’t been a smooth one. On one hand, there’s the pressure that I feel being the first-born child in a Latino family. I especially feel a lot of pressure to succeed; I don’t want any of my family’s past sacrifices and hard work to have been for nothing. My grandparents immigrated to the U.S. to give their family a better life, and I am dedicated to carrying on that legacy.

Since I began pursuing art professionally, I’ve also been plagued by my own negative thoughts. You know those voices in the back of your head – the ones that tell you that you’ll never make it, that you’re not good enough, or that no one will ever care. It’s important to keep those negative thoughts in check, or else they’ll consume you. I’ve learned that if my inner saboteur isn’t going to be helpful, then she’s gotta step aside! There’s work to be done.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I create stickers, prints, and digital portrait commissions. I’m hoping to expand into pins soon!

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I feel like it’s my tenacity. Strong will and determination are important for getting anything done in life. The love and support from my family and friends have really inspired me to give it my all. When pursuing your goals, you’ve got to buckle down and get back up, even if you get knocked down. Never give up!

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Image Credit:

Ali Culp painted the two paintings on the left. <3

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