For an artist-illustrator, this must be a dream come true.
Rian Gonzales, alumna of the University of Santo Tomas College of Fine Arts and Design, and a contributing writer-artist to Inquirer To Be You, has been tapped to create cover art for the Betty and Veronica comic book series, which is written and illustrated by Adam Hughes of “Wonder Woman” and “Catwoman” fame.
Chosen as one of the series’ 25 illustrators, Gonzales signed copies of the first issues last July 23 at Comic Odyssey at Fully Booked at Greenhills Promenade, San Juan, and on July 24 at Filbar’s at UP Town Center, Quezon City.
Our chat with Rian:
What projects are you working on?
I’m doing more portfolio work to show editors so I can hopefully land another cover gig! I’m also working on my personal zine, a collection of girl illustrations personifying sweets and Candy Girls. I’m hoping to get it done towards the end of the year.
How long have you been doing art?
At a young age I watched a lot of anime. I acquired a lot of knowledge that developed my drawing style. I also followed a bunch of artists on the web whose distinct illustration styles inspired me.
How would you describe your art?
Whimsical, candy-coated ideas with a touch of sass! A lot of kawaii things and street fashion.
Women with character
What does your art represent?
I like my drawings to be fun, quirky, colorful and sweet. I also like drawing women with character. I don’t want to paint just pretty pictures. I love drawing women who have the confidence to stand up for themselves. When I make fan art, I try to honor the character’s personality but I also put my own flair to it.
Which one among your works is your favorite, or which makes you feel you’ve accomplished a lot, and why?
Definitely the Betty and Veronica cover work! It’s a milestone and I hope to work on new covers soon.
What are your favorite platforms for your art?
I feel most in-the-zone using watercolor and gouache (a method of painting with opaque watercolors). I’m also trying to learn digital art when I have time to spare.
What’s the most indispensable item in your art kit?
I carry a lot since I love colors, so, probably my gouache set.
Which art-friendly place do you want to visit?
I would love to go to Florence, Italy.
Follow Rian Gonzales on Facebook: Rian Gonzales/Rianbowart; Instagram and Twitter @rianbowart; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org