Today we’d like to introduce you to Wendy Gonzalez.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I became an artist because I did not know what else to become. I have been drawing as long as I can remember, but it was not until I experienced storyboarding when I decided to officially stay in the art world. Coming up with ideas, and having people visualize what I come up with in my brain was motivating to continue my craft. So I went to college and graduated with a bachelor in Media Arts & Animation and gained skills in Photoshop, Illustrator, painting, photography, pretty much a little bit of everything, with, of course, drawing by hand. After graduating it was a bit tough to be in the entertainment industry, so I started to work in the apparel industry and became a dispatcher. But I never stopped drawing, so on the side, I became a freelancer, and that took me to do my first children’s book, designed logos, and invitations. So I have been a freelancer for seven years, and at the end of 2017, that is when I did my first art-walk in Downtown Los Angeles called Mal’s Bar. Ever since then I have not stopped being a vendor and it has taken me in a new direction in visualizing my work. I have become more open to the art world in using the imagination and see how far it can be used. For the moment now I paint using acrylic and I draw using color pencils and markers. I am more of a cartoonist than a realistic drawer, but like to be detailed. I admire the detail of Bernie Wrightson and the imagination of Tim Burton with the silliness and laughter of the Animaniacs. I grew up watching many cartoons, and I guess that is why I became an Illustrator Artist.
Please tell us about your art.
I use paper, color pencils and marker when I am going to illustrate, and when I paint, it is acrylic, mixed with markers, and charcoal at times. My illustrations are more stories from thoughts, emotions, culture or just for fun. But what I hope to gain after finishing a piece either painting or illustration is having the audience connect to it. Having them feel whatever I felt as I created it, have them enjoy my detail, my style, and my color.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
Far from what I have come to realize is work. Not much work for an artist, every artist is a hustler, trying to make their own way in this world.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
People can see my work on my website: http://wgillustrations.wixsite.com/mysite.
Also, they can support my work by attending the art walks, I attend in which I sell my work in prints, shirts, beanies buttons and stickers, but if not, I am creating an Etsy account so stay tuned.
- Website: http://wgillustrations.wixsite.com/mysite
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gw3ndolina/