We had the good fortune of connecting with Joshua San Nicolas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joshua, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
In general, the wholesome company of close friends makes me happy. I’m normally stuck in my head thinking about a lot but simply being present with friends and having a good time is what makes me happy. In regards to what I do, drawing makes me happy. It’s my passion and if a day goes by without drawing in my sketchbooks, it just feels wrong. When I’m drawing I get to build worlds for myself or for others to see, I get to exaggerate my friends as characters or just feel that catharsis of letting out emotions, visually. In the end when I go through a thousand bad drawings to get to that good one, I feel pretty happy.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
When it comes to my art I like to separate myself into different modes but drawing is primarily the technique. I can confidently say that I’ll draw almost anything and everything. However, I primarily specialize in character design and sometimes do illustration when I really have a lot of time. In a more conceptual and expressive space with my art, I do more portraiture and rhythmic abstractions meant to evoke emotion. I suppose since I’ve been drawing my whole life it sort of has been easy. I grew up with a lot of encouragement so that only pushed me to grow. It’s a constant play between refinery or experimentation when it comes to the creative process for me. For me a lot of challenges are more mental and emotional and I’m finding that one of the important lessons I’ve learned/ I’m learning is to reach out to others whether it be for feedback, mentorship or simply connection and relationship. As artists or creatives overall it’s important to a know that you’re not competing with anyone. One of the best lessons I’ve learned along the way is that it’s not who you know but who knows you. What I’d want the world to know about my brand and story as an artist is that in spite of living in a world where it seems like almost everything has been created, said or done, I love to draw just for the sake of drawing. There’s a beauty and excitement in being a synthesis for a so many ideas and inspirations so there’s only plenty of room for improvement, refinery and experimentation when it comes to art.
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.
To kick things off, I’d take them to Skybound Coffee + Dessert Lounge in Vista, it’s simple, modern and feels millennial. I’ve been going there for years and each time I go it’s imbued with new life but also stays consistent to how I remember it. For food, Cafe Topes in Carlsbad for breakfast, either of the Teri Cafes in Oceanside for lunch or Bologna Gourmet in Carlsbad, and Felix’s BBQ in Oceanside for dinner and probably cry tears of joy because their food is so good. For visits I love to go to the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. I love to shop for vintage clothes or thrift around. You’ll more than likely meet interesting people but my spots to the shop at are Captain’s Helm, Lucky Street Antique and Ransack in Oceanside. Flashbacks in Carlsbad and Encinitas are two other shops that always got some hits. I love them all but Ransack takes the cake for me in its curation of vintage apparel. I’m totally open to checking out other spots to hang out or eat though. I’m open checking out other stores because my knowledge of spots to visit is very limited.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Honestly there’s not one person, group or organization. I’m grateful for the endless love, care and support from my family. It feels pretty funny to say this but I suppose I’d like to shoutout my schools, Lake Elementary, Madison Middle School, Rancho Buena Vista, MiraCosta and now CalState San Marcos. I’d also like to shoutout Skybound Coffee + Dessert Lounge, NorthCoast Church and Rhythm Church. There’s power in the relationships and connections you build with people. It’s not about who you know but more so, who knows you. It’s all in those intentional and intimate moments where you just let yourself out. There has always been a small community or circle of friends that I’ve been a part of. I’ve been blessed and fortunate to have made so many friends throughout my life that have grown with me and supported me through thick and thin. Many have seen me change while others, it’s just the beginning. I’m so thankful for all my teachers who nurtured my creativity to see it bloom and continually grow.
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