Artist Spotlight: Heather Chavez

Heather’s Portfolio 



Could you give us a brief overview of your art background (when you first became interested in art, education, work history, etc…)?
I got into art at 7 years old and always wanted to be an animator. I attended the Los Angeles High School for the arts, then went onto get my degree from the California institute of the Arts. Was anintooner at Nickelodeon then did graphic design for Siany and Paracel, and then worked for Nickeodeon Games and now at Jumpstart.

Describe some of the jobs you have done professionally how they have helped develop your artistic skills
As a graphic designer I have learned to design an advertising campaign and train in digital art on how to design for a specific audience. As an artist for the virtual world I’ve learned to concept quickly, pitch concepts and be a leader.

Has working professionally around so many other artists influenced your art and comic style? If so, in what way?
I am always inspired by the amazing talent in surrounded by. I try to learn something from everyone I meet.


What is your favorite part of being a member of GDG?
My favorite part of being a member of GDG is meeting all the amazing artists and leaders in this group. I am grateful to be around so many beautiful, talented, and supportive women. It’s provided dream experiences like being a part gallery shows and being in published material.  I’ve even been in parades!

Do you have a preference between working with digital or traditional methods? Could you give a couple reasons why?
I prefer traditional methods because the problem solving in the process is raw, it’s tactile and a part of you forever stays in the painting.

Are there any artistic disciplines (sculpture, painting, photography, fashion, etc.) that you have a passion for?
I have a passion for fashion design, painting in watercolor and acrylic.

Is there a type of art that you’ve always wanted to learn?
I always wanted to do street art and use spray cans. There’s still time for me to learn.

Based on your professional experiences, do you have any advice for aspiring young women artists?
There is a place for everyone and you will find your niche. Don’t be afraid to fail. Give yourself a chance even when you are scared and don’t feel like you’re good enough.