Bel Weber

Fall and tumble into a garish world of wibblewebble. Tracing through anxieties that young people face every single day, she sketches out candy-coated barenaked ladies sprinkled with a twisted glee. Bursting through the norms of society, this illustrator’s body of work is definitely ahead of the curve.

Hello! Please introduce yourself.

Hello! My name is Bel Weber, I like cats, the color yellow, and I am currently a freelance illustrator. Nowadays, I work mostly in digital but with the personal goal of working on my traditional roots.

How exactly did you fall in love with art? Was it something you always wanted to do growing up?

It was something I’ve been doing for as long as I could remember! I would go through reams of paper just drawing and drawing. I was on my own a lot as a kid, but I never noticed because I always got to do something I really enjoyed.

Formal training never really crossed my mind growing up and thought it was too late (and too expensive) at some point, so I just thought to learn things on my own and attend workshops instead.

What was the turning point for you that made you pursue a career in art?

It actually came really late lol. I was studying Multimedia Arts in college but never really thought I could bring my passion for illustration into my future. I thought I was stuck with advertising and convinced myself I was okay with that (not that there’s anything wrong with advertising hehe u do u boo). It was only until my 3rd or 4th year, when our publication org had a talk with illustrator/designer Raxenne Maniquiz (i luv u), that I was just…blown away. I realized it was possible. It was the moment na, “Oh my gad, may ganito pala dito.” After that talk and being pushed further to go for it by this random guy named Rj Camacho (who is now my partner), here I am!

 

I’ve always felt a little lonely and found interpersonal communication really difficult and tiring, but realizing I could actually help people feel less alone just gave me more purpose and made me feel less alone too.

How did you manage to find your voice as an artist? Did you find it difficult or did you immediately know what kind of artist you wanted to be?

I didn’t really know at first…I honestly just really wanted to draw, especially when I was really angry or sad and sometimes even happy. I decided to post them ‘cause I didn’t think there was much else I could do with them. Eventually, I realized that my work actually offered a shared experience. It made people feel things and I found that really exciting and beautiful. I’ve always felt a little lonely and found interpersonal communication really difficult and tiring, but realizing I could actually help people feel less alone just gave me more purpose and made ME feel less alone too.

How would you describe your personal style to someone who can’t see?

I like to draw unrealistic, partially nude people being unrealistic and kind of ironic. I like using solid shapes and really bright colors that I’ve been told don’t really go together but work anyway [laughs].

Lastly, what’s the future like for you?

I wanna draw and keep making things until I die mehn [laughs]. I don’t really know what the future has in store for me, no one does, but I’m really excited for it! I’ve wasted a lot of time and opportunities because of fear and anxiety and to that I say, “No more!!!”

It could either be a sweet dream or a beautiful nightmare, but freelance illustrator Bel Weber can create a strange reality straight out of her mind’s fantasy. Creating a fluid style of distortion dipped in a contrasting palette, she likes to draw unrealistic, partially naked people being kind of ironic—the perfect kind of nudes you’d want to receive. Coloring with the chaos of trouble, her illustrations are eye candies with a surprise filling of dark-flavored musings; it oozes with a surreal manipulation of beauty.

From drawing on reams of paper as a kid to illustrating on endless Photoshop layers as an adult, she never thought that she could bring her passion for illustration into her future—but here we are now. After getting lost in a path that’s riddled with anxiety, she has found her place in the world as an artist. A Multimedia Arts graduate, her burning passion can also be seen on Flamingmeow Studio. Nowadays, she work mostly in digital but with the personal goal of working on her traditional roots.

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