We had the good fortune of connecting with Evelyn Gonzalez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Evelyn, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
For me personally, it’s to never lose sight of why I create what I create, it’s easy to get lost on the real reason I create art. Sometimes I feel like I will draw or post things that I’m not very attached to, and this will cause a disconnect between me and my art and I don’t ever want that. Some of my best work is my self-indulgent work, art that I created for myself that others happen to like. Although experimentation is always important, that self-indulgence and passion are what I think helps people recognize my art no matter what I create. I want my art and drawings to be an extension of myself and my personality. putting so much of myself into my art is what I think really keeps my brand intact
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a 21-year-old Digital Artist and illustrator, Most of my work is inspired by Anime aesthetics and cartoons, I love incorporating bright saturated colors into my work and invoking a childlike whimsy with a bit of an edge to it. I’ve been drawing for about 13 years and have recently gained a following on social media that has given me a lot of great opportunities. Some of my most proud works have been my opportunity to work for channel Frederator’s youtube channel, Get in the Robot, in which I created drawn sprites for their video series. I’ve also created a Collaboration video with other amazing artists which had gone viral on Twitter, getting the attention of singer Halsey and started an international drawing trend amongst other artists called #Choose your artist. Social media has really offered me a way to connect to other artists and even brands, being sent merchandise from Noissue packaging company and even chips ahoy! Getting where I am now was never an easy thing, Art within itself is never easy, it’s fun, rewarding, and brings me joy but it wasn’t easy. I spent the last 5 Years learning Digital art and how to properly market myself while still being true to who I am and what makes me happy. If I’ve learned anything is that friends, support, and connections with others is incredibly important. as well as being an artist I’m still a full-time student and my connections with other local artists and people near me are just as important as those online. When I feel down or lost, friends a family remind me that im not alone and taking time for myself is important.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
As an artist, I have always been fond of the Oceanside Museum of Art! And would have to go there, the installation pieces are always different And invoke questions and themes I would never think of. I would often take the sprinter with my friends and look around the museum and watch the talks held there. Next, I would 100% have to go to the Sunset market on Mainstreet. I’ve spent many Thursday nights going to the sunset market with friends, seeing all the different vendors and music. It’s truly an experience to see all types of sellers of art, food, and merchandise in one place. Everything just feels so alive! Next would have to be the oceanside pier! I have quite a love for fishing so I would often walk along the pier and watch people fish. Staring off the peer into the ocean where you could see barnacles and fouling communities along the piers wooden poles is always fun, reminding me of how amazing the ocean is.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would have to give a shout out to my mother, everything that has inspired me always ties back to her, she introduced me to amazing films and books and she enabled my creativity at such a young age. Film and storytelling have always been something that influences my work, to invoke feeling through visuals alone is something I will always want to capture. Some of my favorite work is that of Studio ghibli’s Spirited Away, A film that changed my life so much and made me really appreciate art on a deeper level. My mother had bought that film for me when I was very young and we would often watch Ghibli films together. She encouraged me to draw and create things out of clay. As a child, I made miniature homes and jewelry, I even tried stop motion film. My mother is also a baker, I often would find her Wilton catalogs as a child and find inspiration in the colors and fun nature of holiday cakes. This environment my mother had made for me truly let me grow into an artist at a young age, I’ve experimented with all types of mediums and found inspiration and a genuine passion under her care. Because of this, my art is inherently tied to my childhood and how I viewed the world when I was young, that child-like whimsy is something I always want to keep in my work. Jessamyn Gonzalez is truly an inspiration to me.
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