We had the good fortune of connecting with Robyn Jade Pelayo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Robyn Jade, why did you pursue a creative career?
Since I was a little girl, I’ve always been captivated by animation films and games. I invested a good chunk of my time watching the behind-the-scenes features of movies like Atlantis and Prince of Egypt or reading art books in the back of a bookstore. While I always wanted to be an artist, I decided to put art on the back burner to go the medical route during my first three years of college. I ended up being tired, depressed, and burnt out from working a job and going to school for something I did not like. It wasn’t until I had a heart-to-heart conversation with a friend who finally convinced me to pursue something I’ve always loved– art.
The realities of life scared me. However, the stories from films and games impacted me and gave me comfort since I was a child. I then decided to pursue a creative career finally and hope the art I make will move someone as well.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have two distinct styles in my art, and it comes interchangeably depending on the project I am working on. My personality and sense of humor tend to shine the most through my creative and cute designs for my stickers. For personal projects, including Character Designs and World Building, I love incorporating my culture into my artwork with intricate colors, symbols, and patterns. I’m currently excited about my latest personal project, where I’m using a lot of my culture’s mythology in my designs. It took a long time for me to get where I am today, and it was not easy at all. I was constantly under pressure and comparing myself to my peers. To be honest, I didn’t find my style until my third year of art school. The hardest lesson I learned was to accept myself as an artist and not be afraid to experiment and see what I like. Once I stopped comparing myself and became more confident– that’s when I started thriving as an artist.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The most exciting part about Los Angeles is that there is a never-ending list of things to do and explore within the area. I would take my friend out to my favorite places to visit, such as Little Tokyo, The LA Zoo, Griffith Observatory, The Grove, Exposition Park, The Getty Museum, and Santa Monica Pier. Los Angeles is an eclectic area where you can immerse yourself in the city’s culture while having a great time no matter where you go.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’m incredibly grateful for my family, friends, and teachers that encouraged me from the beginning. Even those who doubted me and then eventually learned to accept my decision to pursue this artistic journey. It took me a long time to get to who I am today, and I appreciate everyone that has taught me and helped me grow these past years. They give me hope at times when I lose the courage to continue.