Meet Junior Arce, Designer & Illustrator at EA
Hi! I’m Junior Arce; I’ve been working in design and illustration for more than 15 years. Currently, I’m working at Electronic Arts in San Francisco doing UI art and design for a Disney/Pixar game, and always working on my personal projects when I find the time.
How long have you been drawing or illustrating?
Since I was a kid.
When did you feel like you discovered your style? How did it happen?
After experimenting with different things, then mixing what I enjoy the most.
Use 1 word to describe your style
Who or what inspires you to illustrate?
Everything. Family, friends, life, death, chaos, beauty, cartoons, animated movies, coffee, music, books, guitars, movies, street art, games, toys, and creative people.
Describe your creative process in several steps.
It can change a bit with each project, but most of the time, I follow these steps. I usually try to go as far as I can on Procreate before switching to Illustrator.
Write or sketch: I always have lists of ideas I want to make and pages full of small sketches.
Tiny sketch: I select an idea I like and then make a tiny sketch, focusing on the core idea and not the details.
Layers: I like to quickly edit on top with several layers and opacity until I find a direction I like.
Clean up: I start to clean up the final sketch. Note: this is still a sketch.
Grayscale: I play around with color depth and tones (sometimes I skip this one)
Colors: I usually select a minimal palette and start playing around with different options (my favorite part)
Vectors: Time to trace my design
Clean up: continue cleaning up the vectors and the design in general
Colors round 2: playing around with other color options
El fin: select the final one and done!
Which tools do you use to illustrate? Which one do you use the most?
Procreate and Illustrator.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Take care of your body and mental health. Sleeping and taking breaks are more important than you think.
How do you see yourself in the future?
Always drawing and designing cool stuff!
How can others find your work or connect with you?