CSP Featured Artist: Eunice Cruzbara
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How did you become an artist?
The roots of my career planted themselves when I was a child. I’ve always loved drawing! Some of my earliest memories were of me copying Disney illustrations and making my own story books. When I was too young to go to school, my mom would take me with her to work and I would scribble away underneath her desk, tirelessly making different characters and burning through my mom’s supply of office paper. It was my joy, and my escape.
I carried this love all throughout grade school and high school. My school bag always had a sketchpad, fine liner, and a set of markers, which I would pull out as soon as I got to my table. I would rejoice whenever we had a drawing assignment, or whenever we had poster making competitions.
This love continued to fester and at some point in the 7th grade, I realized that this was the only thing I wanted to do. I started taking commissions during this time and got exposed to the unbelievable talent on each platform I posted on.
From there, I applied and got into my alma mater, De La Salle College of Saint Benilde, and got my bachelor’s degree in Multimedia arts. I immediately got my first big break and was scouted to illustrate for Absolut Vodka PH for their 2018 campaign!
After a year of freelancing, I realized that I still had so much to learn, so I decided to study in Vancouver Film School and got my diploma in Animation Concept Art.
As soon as I finished my studies, I got hired as a freelance concept artist and marketing artist for two studios based in Vancouver.
Where do you get inspiration?
I get my inspiration from Instagram or Pinterest mostly! It’s a great resource to scroll through for different art movements ,editorial make up looks, embroidery and textiles, street wear and of course, anime!
But when I’m not looking at the screen, I’ll usually get inspired by fruit or by animal/insect patterns. Life is quite robust here in the tropics, and there are always beautiful things to look at.
What’s your hardware setup?
Right now it’s just me and my 3rd generation 12.9 inch iPad + Apple Pencil 2! <3
What do you like best about Clip Studio Paint?
I have been using Clip Studio Paint ever since I got my first iPad 4 years ago and I absolutely ADORE everything about it! It’s taken the best features from softwares I loved and mashed them all into one, creating a more frictionless and streamlined experience for the artist!
Some of the tools/features that have really helped me are:
Subtool: Object - This is literally my favorite thing about CSP. I used to manually flip through my layers until my friend told me that I could just use this tool to single out the layer I’m looking for. Life has never been quite the same since then (for the better)
Brush Application. - CSP’s brushes apply very smoothly on its canvas. Because of my style, I do a lot of heavy brush work and I rely a lot on good brushes, and I’ve found that CSP’s are the best fit for me. Customizing brushes to fit what I need is very easy, and the integration of the color jitter & dual brush setting has made it that much more valuable to me.
Lasso Fill Tool - THE HOLY GRAIL TOOL. Amazing for creating quick silhouettes and defined shadows!
How long does it take you to make a single illustration?
It depends on the type of illustration! If it’s a simple one, I can crunch it out in an hour, but if it’s something complicated, it can take around 40-50 hours.
Would you consider Clip Studio Paint an industry tool?
100%! In the short time I’ve been working in the industry, I’ve used nothing but Clip Studio Paint to illustrate and finish my projects.
Would you like to promote some recent project?
I can’t talk about some of the big projects that I’m working on but I can share that I am the newest ambassador for @theloopph! I have an interview, as well as a voiced over speed paint on their page.
Where can we follow your work?
*** Eunice is doing a #Giveaway with us! Reach her post on Instagram, follow them follow @graphixly and leave a comment. Winners of Clip Studio Paint Pro will be announced on July 6, good luck! ***