The Heroine’s Journey of Loyane D. Santos

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

As a digital artist, what I love most is watching the evolution I’ve had in my work over time, the creative area demands a lot of study and as time goes by our work gets better and better and that’s very rewarding.

What is my idea of happiness?

For me, happiness is enjoying the little moments of life, a good part of our life consists of ‘chasing after dreams’, but the simplest and most silly moments are often the best moments and the moments of real happiness!

What is my greatest fear?

Failing, especially in what I want, I think this is a relatively common fear nowadays.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

Taking a long time to act, I have the habit of planning a lot before doing something, this makes it take me longer to put something into practice.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?

In this thread I could make a pretty big list! But I will summarize an artist that I really like, Mike Azevedo, he is a great digital artist and he is really a very inspiring person for many Brazilians who want to work making art for the games industry.

What is my greatest extravagance?

Buying artistic material hahaha, although I work mostly with digital art, I really like traditional media, so I like to buy and test some different materials, it’s silly, but I think it’s something I like to do with a certain extravagance.

On what occasion would I lie?

To avoid hurting someone, but of course, that depends on the degree of lying, depending on the situation, even if the truth hurts, it’s necessary.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

The idea of ‘competition’, this is not something related to my work per se, it is more related to the art industry. Art is not easy, and studying art can sometimes be demotivating and unfortunately because of this idea of competition, an artist can feel very worn out over time.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

When I decided to become a full-time freelance artist, despite the uncertainty, I decided that the time had come for me to really dedicate myself to what I really like to do. Below is my first freelance project that I did this year!

If I could, what would I change about myself?

Be a less demanding person, I demand a lot from myself, especially in the professional part, this is something that is sometimes not healthy.

What is my greatest achievement in work?

Getting my first freelance job at a game studio! The coolest thing about this is that the studio people contacted me because of my portfolio, it’s very rewarding when that happens (the effort is worth it!)

Where would I most like to live?

Curitiba. Is a city located in the south region of Brazil, this city is becoming a center for digital artists, many Brazilian professionals have moved there, honestly this attracts me a lot.

What is my most treasured possession?

The desire to create, there are physical assets that I like a lot, but I don’t think it compares to that desire.

What is my most marked characteristic?

Be communicative and spontaneous, there are things that make me happy and talking about it makes me even happier and I usually express that a lot.

I find this funny, because I consider myself an introverted person, but I still have no problems communicating with others!

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

I don’t have a specific location, sometimes just looking at a slightly blue sky or with the colors of the sunset is already something inspiring and let’s say you don’t need a specific location for that.

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city?

I don’t think I have a favorite place, I never stopped to think about it, but I think I prefer good company above all else, because let’s agree to go eat in a place with someone boring, even the food becomes bad hahahah

What books influenced my life and how?

I don’t have a book that influenced my life, but I have two that I really like mainly for the critical thinking they have, one is the classic 1984 by George Orwell and the second Essay on Blindness by José Saramago, I highly recommend them, they are books that make you think a lot about our attitudes and existence.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini, I really like this instrumental, every time I hear it I don’t want to stop! I have a certain nostalgia for this song because of an animation I watched as a child (old cartoons were lined with classical music, that was wonderful).

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

Hellen Ripley, from the movie Alien, The Eighth Passenger.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

  All the people who never give up, even in the greatest adversity of life! People like that are really strong and inspiring.  

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime?

Princess Mononoke, but I don’t just recommend this film, I recommend everyone from Studio Ghibli, the aesthetics, the way of telling the story, the universe developed in each film, everything is very interesting and impeccable, Miyazaki is an incredible artist!

What role play stories in my life and work?

Stories are the basis of inspiration, thought and even changes in our lives. In my personal life I always try to use the stories of others to learn new things and try to make better decisions, in the professional field I use the stories of others to become a better and better professional, there are many blogs and podcasts about art, and these are excellent sources of knowledge for a professional artist!  

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me?

We walk our path with our own choices and attitudes, so being aware and having (or trying to) have good choices to build a good story is important, sometimes it’s not easy to do that, but we have to try, all these small choices are what that build our life!

I really like this idea, I think that’s why I really like to represent ‘journeys’ in my paintings.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

My boyfriend!

Which people or companies would I like to work with?

I really like games, animations and illustration in general, so there are several companies that I find very interesting.

In the games area there are Valve, Nintendo, Naughty Dog, in the concept and illustration area there are Fortiche, Envar, Atomhawk Design studios, in addition there are some Brazilian companies that I am very interested in, such as Kokku Studio, Wildlife, Mar studio that they are studios focused on games and there is also Lightfarm, Vector Zero, Zombie Studio, these are companies focused on animation and advertising! In the case of Brazilian companies, I’m sure I’ll be able to work for them soon!

What project am I looking forward to work on?

I don’t have a specific project at the moment, but honestly every project makes me very excited to work on it. Taking on a project with completely different ideas from mine is something really cool to do, even in the case of difficult projects I always have fun! I think I’m at a point where I really appreciate the creation process and that’s rewarding.

Where can you see me or my work?

Artstation –

Instagram –

Deviantart – (here you can follow my evolution as an artist)

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

Passion turns into love over time, when this transformation occurs it is impossible to abandon what you are passionate about, what you love, this ranges from loved ones, hobbies, career and even simple things like food, smells and touches! That’s why passion never retires, we will always take those little details in our lives and we should treasure them.

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