#Metroseen featured artist: Ayana Marquez

Jul 30, 2022 0 comments


Name: Ayana Marquez
Age: 21
Pronouns: Whatever is comfortable for people to use

Tell us something about yourself?

I’m a fine arts student from UPD who reignited my passion for the arts when the pandemic hit. Since then, I’ve become a freelance artist, have worked on a bunch of projects and collabs, and also recently started doing art streams on Twitch!

Where do you draw inspiration for your art?

From myself as well as other artists. I find that my sense of style bleeds through my art and vice versa. A well known gurokawaii artist I take inspiration from is Mori Chack. He’s the creator of Gloomy Bear. I’ve been collecting his stuffed toys for over a year now with almost 40 pieces in my collection. I keep my gloomy wall right beside my workspace so if I ever need a spark of inspiration I don’t really need to search far. Other artists I take inspiration from are Yonigiri and Kuvshinov Ilya.

Describe your art style?

I used to describe my art as yamikawaii and early on that’s
what it was but right now it’s more of gurokawaii. I love making gore bearable to look at — pretty, even. The artworks on my Instagram feed are usually pretty girls with the occasional BAM-in-your-face gore. Although I love exploring other art styles. I dabble in fanart, pixel art, chibi, and sometimes surrealism. I feel like not having an art style isn’t entirely a bad thing. It’s not called having inconsistent art, it’s called having range.

Have you always wanted to become an artist?

Always. Growing up, I was conditioned into thinking that the starving artist trope was real and that you’ll earn no money as an artist when you grow up. So for the entirety of my junior high years, I studied in a science high school, my parents were preparing me to become a doctor. I had it all planned out: I would graduate STEM in junior high, continue STEM in senior high, apply for a pre-med and then med school; art could’ve just been an old friend I would visit after all of this. But I burnt out real bad in 11th grade and was sort of just lost and didn’t know what to do in terms of my schooling for 4 years. I’m somewhat thankful I did. It allowed for me to visit that “old friend” earlier on and I found direction in life through art once more.

Where can we see more of your art?

All my socials are @aeyochi (Twitch, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Tiktok and Youtube)

More of Ayana Marquez 



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