From Vancouver, Canada, illustrator Riza Aguasin has footprinted her voice in the underground art community with every piece she produces. Vivid colors fused with dark atmospheres collide together in Riza's art. Inspired by the vast music/art online scene, the depth and emotion are detected with every stroke and shade used. Riza has done work for various artists such as Zankyou, Ramen Boy, Madnap, and Yitaku! From characters with dreary souls to bewildering landscapes, her illustrations use a variety of textures and color combinations to exude her signature artistry and aesthetic. Below read all about what is behind Riza Aguasin's art and where her inspiration for her work derives from! Enjoy!

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Question 1: What got you into making graphic art?

My family is all pretty artistic, so I had always been creating things, even as a child. I didn’t really think of art as more than a hobby for a while, though. I was always drawing but never thought anything of it until one day I realized how much of my life was consumed by art. I would always be sketching, and everything around me inspired me to create more and more so just kind of a need to create all the images I saw in my mind forced me to pursue it, I guess? That sounds kind of hostile whoops

Question 2: What people intrigue or inspire you to pursue art? 

I’m inspired heavily by the media I take in. It usually comes in the form of movies and music. Studio Ghibli and Disney have inspired me so much in the past, and they’re the main reason I got into the style of art I’m doing now, I think. Games like Kingdom Hearts and Journey also inspired me plenty. A lot of people around the community are so amazing in their sense of self. Their work ethics, everything they do is insane too so being able to surround myself with the people I do is an amazing push to keep creating.

Question 3: How would you define your style of artwork?

I’ve heard people describe my art as dreamy or ethereal. I don’t really know how to define it myself, honestly. It’s something deeply emotional to me. Each piece, whether it was inspired by a song, a movie, or some weird feeling I’ve had, I put my everything into so hopefully there is some kind of style there 

Question 4: What do you hope someone will gain out of seeing the art you create? 

I hope someone will be able to identify with the emotions I’m trying to tap into with each piece.  I want them to feel kind of at home in it like they’re safe there. Even with my darker pieces, I want someone to be able to look at them and know they aren’t alone. My art can come from really heavy emotions that I’ve dealt with and even if the viewer hasn’t experienced my exact situation, I want them to be able to connect with it how they will and know that there’s some loser alone in her bedroom that just might get it.

Question 5: What is your favorite piece you have created so far?

Probably one of my most recent ones, "no return." I turned some really horrible feelings into something I think is beautiful. I’m also really happy with how the details came out!

Question 6: Any plans or goals you wish to achieve? Who would you love to collab or work with in the future?

I really want to work on a game! Like, concept art or something like that would be really cool since it’s kinda what I wanna do in general. I really want to work more with other visual artists, but I wouldn’t even know where to start. There are so many amazing artists around me that I aspire to work with, but I don’t think I’m capable of doing so just yet so I’ll just keep working until I do collab with them>:)


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