Bea Barros

Bea Barros

(She/Her) • Iloilo, Philippines

Biography Interview

Bea Barros, a self-taught illustrator and lettering artist, creates whimsical, vibrant illustrations where humans and elements take playful forms. Her art, characterized by bright colors, mirrors her personal style and love for color. Bea's creative journey includes collaborations with notable clients like Snapchat and Boston Globe.

Selected clients

Snapchat, Boston Globe, Salvation Army, Toronto Montessori School, and Cincinnati Magazine

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  • Winner, Toblerone Design Contest

Bea Barros

Your Pronoun

How do you define your identity? Do you identify with (or advocate for) any marginalized communities?
I am a creative Filipina with Chinese descent. I regard myself as a passionate learner of things because I know I have so much knowledge and skills to learn and acquire as I continue to grow and mature in life.

Where is home?
Home is where my family is. Home is where I feel most comfortable and secured, surrounded with the people I love. It is a typical get-together with my family, having lunch or dinner at our house filled with laughter and fun.

Describe your illustration style in one sentence
My style is whimsical flat illustrations filled with vibrant and colorful elements.

What lights your soul on fire?
Anything or anyone that can move my spirit, like watching an inspiring biopic. I get overly motivated whenever I learn how people overcome challenges and difficulties before reaching success in life. Watching people win and do great at their crafts also boost my moral.

What themes do you enjoy exploring
I like exploring different typographic layouts and font styles for my lettering works. When it comes to human illustrations, I love to draw humans in motion and women in fashionable clothes.

How much of yourself and your own story can we see in your work?
I like creating personal works especially in letterings. The messages I usually letter are mostly words of encouragement for myself and for anyone experiencing hardships in life.

What do you want to be known for?
I want to be know as a an artistic individual who has a good eye for fun contemporary designs. I want to be known for my whimsical lettering style and fun illustrations.

Which projects excite you most?
Projects where I can create designs according to my style excites me the most because I know I’ll be having so much fun designing it.

What is your dream gig
There’s a lot! I would like to create artworks for fun brands like Nike, Addidas, Netflix, Spotify, or Disney. It would also be a dream if I get to design a Google banner and to see it being featured in anyone’s Google homepage. I also want to design a book cover, or even illustrate an entire book and have it published.

Where, when and how do you best create?
I work best whenever I’m alone in my room without distraction. I usually have my snacks and a drink beside my table whenever I work so I will not get bored. A good upbeat music in Spotify also fuels my energy.

What do you find most challenging in your practice or in the illustration industry?
Challenges like keeping up with trends, and learning new technical skills. Shining brightly in an ocean filled with talented artists can also be a challenge.

What influences or inspires your art?
Other creative people’s work inspire me. I also get inspiration from movies especially those great animated ones.

What would you tell your younger self?
Keep on learning and practicing, and don’t compare yourself with others. There will always be people who are better than you are but that doesn’t mean you are not a good artist. Love your own works and always be humble. Celebrate wins of others and leverage what skills God has given you.

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