We had the good fortune of connecting with Daisy Martinez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Daisy, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
I believe people seem to think being a full time artist is easy because it does not require a degree or professional training necessarily. However, with a job that completely relies on you creating a new masterpiece every time you draw can be exhausting. Validating and comparing also comes with the career when you fully rely on social media for success.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I feel what sets me part from others is my love of humor in my art. I always strive to create funny and relatable content for everyone. I want people to feel happy when they see my art. I am currently getting more jobs creating my silly comics, I hope to reach more people and make them laugh! It wasn’t always easy to create content. I have been a full time student since 2015 and constantly suffer from imposter syndrome. I do not feel deserving of all the love I have received from my viewers and my community over the years. However, I have learned to always be conscious and appreciative of my success. Taking breaks to make sure you care for your mental health as well as physical health is important! I want the world to know I have never hit the brakes on my brand. Constantly trying to express my love of humor, pastel colors, and everything quirky. Finding the fun in everything!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would definitely take my friend to Barrio Logan for the tastiest Mexican food and cutest Latina owned gift shop Simon Limon! I have worked with Alexandra for a couple of years and love everything about her store. She carries adorable jewelry from @nancejewelry and @resinuendo who are talented women I love to support! Another store with an amazing selection of local makers is Little Dame in North Park, their aesthetic is the epitome of quirky and cute! If you’re ever in Escondido you can also stop by @daydreamhere where I stock my own handmade tees. If my friend is looking for another amazing souvenir it would be a handmade mug from my friend Kirsten of @artschooldropout! We would stop by Balboa Park for a picnic of pastries from Zion Market in Convoy’s pastry shop Paris Baguette. Finally, we would tie up the week with beach fun in Coronado and an amazing vegan lunch from Kindred!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate credit toward my university art department at the University of San Diego. All of my professors have helped me find myself as an artist as well as continuously inspire me.