New talent: Beatriz Bagulho wants to train the new generation with her cartoons
The 24-year-old illustrator and animator is one of ten talented finalists in the New Talent competition.
What Beatrice Bagulho finally becoming an artist was almost a cosmic fatality. She grew up surrounded by artists who never led her down her path, but who would eventually influence her. The grandparents were architects. The father too. The mother was the music. The art curator aunt. Anyway, it was just to see what would happen.
From a very young age, she spent her afternoons between her mother’s studios and musical sessions. Almost always notebook and pencil in hand, alone with her drawings. “I realized the value that art has in people’s lives and I got used to seeing how demanding a creative life can be. How much sacrifice that entails – but I also learned to appreciate it,” the 24-year-old told NiT.
The drawings made to the sound of the notes that came out of the mother’s cravinho brought her here, to the group of ten finalists of the new skill, competition promoted by NiT, TVI and Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa aims to elect the best young talents in Portugal in the field of lifestyle. The winner receives 10,000 euros to develop a personal project over the following year. The illustrator and animator thinks the prize could be yours.
He ventured there with the violin in hand, an instrument he learned to play at the age of six at the National Conservatory. But between classes, it wasn’t the music that helped him pass the time. “I spent the breaks drawing the other musicians, the people, the incredible space that is the conservatory,” he says. “Drawing was my way of playing. And it is still the case today. »
Her passion eventually brought her to the António Arroio Art School, where she repeated the first project that would serve as a guide for the following years. The final project was a collection of philosophy books where themes were deconstructed — and where little ones could learn concepts through activities.
“Even though the project was going nowhere, it was my first experience as an illustrator and from there came a lot of the basis for what I wanted and want to do in the future,” explains the young woman. who will eventually specialize in illustration. and animation and working on several projects aimed at children.
He has collaborated with the Fábrica das Artes do CCB, also with the educational service of the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos; he even illustrated a version of Sophia’s Menina do Mar by Mello Breyner. “I think childhood has a fundamental role in society, working for and with childhood is very special and important. They are the ones who will change the world. And every time I work for them, I am inspired of my memories and experiences. I want to help them become more educated, more cultured, more curious, because I think these are very important faculties and ways of thinking.
To perfect his techniques, he went to the United Kingdom, where he took a course in animation cinema. But as her colleagues left to work for series and films, Beatriz Bagulho decided to take a “harder path” which, she says, “will pay off”.
I never wanted to leave illustration. Even before completing the course, he frequently traveled to Portugal to work on various children’s projects. “I never wanted to forget illustration because I think the worlds are linked. When I think of a story for a book, I know it could be used later in a series or a movie. And this more independent path, where I work as a freelancer, aims to one day create my own studio, to never stop doing projects for children that combine several arts.
Although he struggles to define his own style, he prefers to call it eclectic. She assumes the common traits, but admits that she always tries to adapt to the requirements of each project. In addition to children’s projects, he has also collaborated with several musicians in the creation of music videos, but it is in his short films that he finds his true voice.
“These are projects that come from me, that talk about values and perceptions that I believe in,” he explains. One of them is “Corporealities”, produced during the course and which addresses “the value of giving importance to our body”; the other is “the (In)individual”, a surreal journey of a child during a medical visit, in which he tries to “discover who he is and tries to detach himself from what holds him back”.
This is the future you envision for yourself, a life where you have complete freedom to combine your ideas, various techniques and a didactic and educational component. For this, he also counts with the precious New Talent award.
“There is in me a desire to create things as an author, to share my values and that is why I strive to obtain support and means to concentrate on these projects that I have in wait,” she said. One of them tackles the problem of the mass textile industry, of fast fashion.
“It’s a film that is in its first phase and in which I work with a team of artists, a designer, a screenwriter and a composer.” Together they want to create a story about a boy who crosses the world with a series of clothes, in a journey that follows the manufacture and distribution and “all the lives that intersect with this process”.
The ten thousand euros of the prize would then be “a first step” to give Beatriz and her team the freedom to focus on this project combining illustration, cartoons and textile techniques using fabric collages. “We want to do this to expose and expose some of the problems caused by this great industry.”
Watch the video directed by Beatriz Bagulho to explain why she deserves to win this year’s New Talent competition. Starting December 3, you can vote for your favorite finalist.