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Meet Ari Burboa of Golden in Casa Grande

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ari Burboa.

Ari, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I didn’t start drawing much until after high school actually! As a kid, I tried picking it up lots of times but I wasn’t innately good at it, and I never pushed myself to actually get better. A lot of people think people who are good at drawing are just born with the talent, but it’s a skill as much as anything else and needs years of practice to build up that kind of skill level.

But right after I had graduated, I didn’t really know where my ambitions laid, and I would see the art people my age were posting online and thought it looked like fun and just drew whatever my heart desired and the love for it grew from there. Anything you can imagine, you can draw, and I think that’s an incredible power to have.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Of course not! For a lot of reasons, it’s been difficult to stick with! Sometimes I find myself comparing my art to others and greatly discourage myself, and I have to remind myself that if I want to get to that level, then I need to practice drawing for hours every day instead of just quitting altogether.

Sometimes with my day job, it can feel like freelance drawing can be unimportant, but art is my end game, and I have to find the time and energy to draw and better myself. I’m nowhere close to where I want to be, I still have a lot to learn.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I am an artist! I do illustrations but not the kind that first comes to mind for a lot of people. I do a lot of character design sort of art. A lot of people will hear you’re an artist and ask you to create a logo for their company or paint a mural on their wall and I have to remind them that that’s not what I do at all! I love to draw characters that would immediately draw my eye if I were to see them in a cartoon.

I tend to lean towards simplified designs; if a character’s design is very busy, I get very turned off. Writing and drawing are two sides of the same coin, and I think writing for a character and exploring why they are the way that they are and peeling back the layers of their story is really exciting and rewarding.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I have to give a big shout out to my mom who will always pull up my Instagram dedicated to my illustrations and show me off to her coworkers. A lot of people will try to dissuade artists into pursuing a safer career path, which I myself get pretty often, but at least I have my mom as my support system.

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  • Instagram: ari_sketches
  • Twitter: sheriff_golden

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