My name is Liliana Vazquez Song. I have a MFA in Animation and Visual Effects, focusing on 2D Character Animation. I have a passion for drawing characters and storytelling.
Ever since I was very young, I have been attracted to cartoons and pretty illustrations. I liked to draw, imagine my own stories and I wanted to be able to tell them through comics, and eventually, animated movies. My greatest sources of inspiration have always been the Disney feature films and japanese manga/anime.
What is the best advice you got while you were in school or as an artist?
The best advice that I have received is to use reference. Practicing everyday is very important but you can only go so far without the proper study and observation of real life. I was once told that one does not draw with the hands, but with the eyes, and I have found this to be very true.
What attracted you to work on Northstar Warrior Animation?
I was attracted to the Northstar Warrior Animation by the female characters. I have always been a feminist, even before I knew what the term was about. And also, as a woman, I find myself always drawn to stories that feature women, specially those who are written and designed by female creators, because they carry their true voices.
How have you grown as an artist since you started working on this?
It has helped me think more about camera angles and composition. Since it is action based, I have found myself studying different techniques to make the scenes more dynamic and to keep the flow of the action, and also come up with interesting compositions that help focus on the important plot points. Highlight the dominant character in each shot and the appropriate body language to convey the thoughts and feelings that they might be experimenting during said shot.
What do you see as the future of this project?
I see a lot of potential in this project. It can become a source of inspiration and empowerment for a whole generation of girls and young women who are searching for their inner light, their different manifestations of strength and creative ideas to fight for all what they believe in.
What do you think about working on a project centered on female empowerment? Do you think its relevant to today’s world?
Yes, I believe female empowerment is relevant more than ever. Feminism has gone a long way but there is still so much to do, and the world still need many more stories, many more voices to talk about the issues that are still present in today’s society. We need stories with a diverse cast of female protagonists that showcase all versions of femininity, to challenge the stereotypes that we have ingrained without noticing, those that say that there is only one acceptable way to be a woman.
What are your thoughts about feminism? What do you think it means to you?
Feminism is about equal rights for every human being, to not judge anyone based on gender, sexual orientation and even race. To me, it is about embracing the individual and not trying to force people into stereotype little boxes. It is about the freedom to be yourself, to express yourself in whichever way you want, to have all the choices over your own body, to love whoever you love openly and without fear. To not have to accommodate fear, hate or violence. To be unapologetic to the world, for being who you are.
What do you think about the team or group of women that you work with at Prism Light Studios?
They are all awesome women, and I love every one of them.