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Laura Rivera


Born and raised in the Sonoran desert, this Mexican young lady started drawing since the moment she could hold a pencil. Her mother was concerned she didn't grab the pencil like other children did to write, but a wise teacher told her "your daughter will become an artist".

After several private lessons, by the age of 17 Laura had learnt pastels, oil painting, charcoal and pencil drawing.

She won a scholarship to study Digital Arts: Film Animation in Arizona, where she gained experience not only on digital programs but also on watercolor, color pencils and engraving. After graduation, she went on to share her knowledge as a middle school art teacher in Mexico for four years.

Laura got the opportunity to further her studies at Vancouver Film School. She has graduated from the Writing for Film and Television program as well as from the Classical Animation program, where her knowledge in anatomy, perspective, composition and color theory was furthered.

While she is comfortable in any medium, Laura prefers watercolor, oils and acrylic. She enjoys mixing colors together, layering and experimenting with diverse palettes. The main focus of her art is to tell compelling stories through its elements.

    Awards and Publications:
  • 2007- Third place in COBACH's mural design contest. Hermosillo, Mexico
  • 2009- "Grasshoper" piece selected as part of the Sandscript magazine. Tucson, AZ, USA
  • 2011- Character design and color theory panelist at Phoenix Comicon. Phoenix, AZ
  • 2012- Illustration chosen as official art for Saboten Con passes. Phoeniz, AZ
  • 2012/2013- Guest judge for several costume contests. Guaymas, Mexico
  • 2013- Coached students for third place in a local National Anthem singing competition, in Guaymas, Mexico
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