FEATURED ARTIST: Interview with Tijuana Artist, Francisco Rivera

Francisco Rivera

Illustrator | 46 | Tijuana, Baja California

We are honored to have, Francisco Rivera, as our Featured Artist, he is a very talented artist that draws some really clean illustrations, he has excellent use of color and he pics some really awesome subject matter to draw, some of our favorite pop culture references! Make sure to head over to his wall to check them out, and while your over there hit that follow button to support a fellow artist!

How long have you been an artist? What is your specialty? Where do u find inspiration?
I started drawing at 2, but professionally until I was 19. I don’t really think I have a specialty, it all depends of what i’m in the mood for. Sometimes I want to draw a skull, maybe some singer or actor I really admire or just the human body. I find inspiration mostly in music and movies, but pretty much everything and everyone around me inspires me.

Do you have a job in the art industry? If So, what’s one thing you don’t like about it? If no, where would your dream job be?
I do actually. I’m currently an illustrator for a t-shirt company and I love it, but what I think would be my least favorite thing is working on a deadline.

Do you have a favorite Artist?
This is a hard one because every artist inspires me, but one of my all-time favorites would be Drew Struzan.

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What is one accomplishment you’ve had in your life? Does not need to be art related.
Seeing one of my illustrations in Disneyland apparel.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years?
I don’t really think about the future but maybe seeing my art in a gallery would be cool.

If you could meet and talk to any person in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?
The Lizard King of course. (Jim Morrison)

How is one way you make money with your art?
Illustrating t-shirts.

If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
I’d really love to go to India, I find their culture very interesting AND I love their food.

What is your favorite brand of art supply? Whether it’s a brand of pencils or brand of camera or software
I try to work with what’s around me but I normally use prismacolor. For digital work I use Photoshop.

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Any advice for young artists?
Believe in what you do and don’t let anyone tell you you can’t live off your art. Keep practicing and never stop learning.

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