What do you do creatively?
I would say painting is my main medium to work with, but at the moment I’m trying to get better at sketching and coloring with markers/color pencils. I’ve also played around with wheat pasting, DIY stickers, and making custom Bic lighters of my art. Soon I’ll be looking into making more customized toys of my artwork.
When did you start?
I started drawing cartoons and comic book characters at a young age. By the time I got into high school I wasn’t very passionate about making art. I was a welding student, I had become one because I was told the money paid good. I would still draw, I even did a few commissions at the time, but being in that program I grew to believe going to college and making art would be a waste of my time. I didn’t like that message so in 2018, my senior year, I dropped out of the program and joined a 2D portfolio class. Ever since then I’ve been trying to build my own style of art.
What art have you been inspired by?
I’m most inspired by graphic novels, cartoons, and movies. I like a good story, one that makes me cry with tears of joy. There's a lot of work and creativity put into these three mediums that need to be recognized more, like comic books for example.
Who has been your support?
The friends and family members who I promised I’d continue making art for. I’m most grateful for their support and it’s what keeps me going. I also have to shout out Playground Exchange for letting me vend with them in 2019, that really introduced me to all the different subcultures here in Corpus Christi.
Have you ever felt like giving up?
Since I started taking art more seriously in 2018, I haven’t had feelings of giving up. I have questioned whether I’m making the right decision by pursuing art, and I often think about where it’s going to go from here. Neil Gaiman has this great quote about writing novels.
He says “ Sometimes it’s like driving through fog. You can’t really see where you’re going. You just have enough road in front of you to know that you’re probably still on the road, and if you drive slowly and keep your headlamps lowered you’ll still get where you were going.” It’s a nice quote to think about when you start to doubt yourself.
What's been your favorite part of your work?
My favorite part of all of this is meeting new people. It’s nice meeting people with the same hobbies and interests as you.
What's been the most challenging part?
Each time I try something new it is a baptism by fire. I’ll have great ideas but fail to do the research to execute them properly. This either leads to me creating something cool or me spending A LOT of money and time on something that didn’t come out as planned. In conclusion, trying something new is always a challenge for me.
Has anything pleasantly surprised you?
The art scene in Corpus Christi has surprised and inspired me. There’s a lot of people who are supportive to the community by acknowledging each others hard work and creative skills. Building a community is important for the art scene in Corpus because it would inspire other people to want to make art too.