My work focuses on the simplicity of everyday life and the unique beauty of human beings through visible emotion and color. The things I like drawing I find in the subtleties of life like the gradient in someone’s hair, an interesting piece of furniture, or a funny phrase I read somewhere. I feel like I keep a mental archive of all these aesthetic details and use them in my drawings. My main focus is on character design and I discovered this through the queer art community. Using hair color, clothes, and body modifications in my characters allow me to represent people like me through my lens and I hope that people can see themselves in my artwork.
My characters are always gender ambiguous because every drawing I make is a study of human physicality, and I want to have a wide range of representation . My characters celebrate being freaky and different because there is not enough representation of individuality. I also show emotion through my drawing to humanize characters and create a sense of relatability for people who don’t normally see themselves represented in traditional art. The core of my art-making philosophy is to have fun and play with color, shape, and feeling!
Color is a big part of my drawings and I use it to convey a dreamlike and psychedelic quality. I’ve always been inspired by cartoons and fairytales and I want to be able to create a world that the viewer can get lost in. I like to skew and distort perspective and proportion in my work as well to distance myself from realism as much as I can. Details are a very important part of my work as well and I use certain elements to create a narrative that evokes a certain nostalgia and familiarity. Using pop culture references adds an element of humor that can draw the viewer in and make them feel like they are a part of an inside joke or cultural reference.
For my thesis project I have created a series of drawings showcasing the characters in my everyday life. I used photo references of my friends I have taken in various locations that have context in my community. I want people viewing my work to get a sense of the world I live in and hopefully see themselves and the places they inhabit represented as well.