We had the good fortune of connecting with Karma Reclusado and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Karma, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
Art has always been such a positive force in my life. Whenever I draw or interpret something in my own unique way, I can’t help but feel this sense of happiness. It became sort of a therapeutic activity as well, especially during these strange times.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My work mostly consists of semi-realistic caricatures and original characters that are heavily inspired by cinema, memorabilia, and graphic novel illustrations. The most notable compliments I get with my art is how expressive I draw people, and that I have clean line art. After acquiring an iPad Pro in 2018, I’ve mostly been drawing digitally on Procreate. As of right now, I am very proud and excited by how much I’ve grown as an artist through the duration of this year, even though it has been a rough one for all. There have been many days during quarantine where my brain was absolutely flooded with ideas that I had to put out and I am still amazed at how I was able to do it in such a fast rate. I am known as Karma the Night Owl on Instagram because night time has been the best time for me to produce content, even if I do surpass midnight at times. How did I get to where I am today? Well, it definitely wasn’t easy. It took years of practice, education and searching in order to not only learn how to draw certain things but also find my own artistic voice. One of the lessons I’ve kept to heart growing up is to never give up until you’ve got the right idea in mind for art. But then again, one should never give up on anything they’re passionate about. I’ve always had a drive to visually weave captivating stories with my art, and the world needs needs artists like us more than ever. Art is diverse, interpretive and unique. It can outlive us when we’re gone and the fact that artists like me can leave an impact on other people’s lives is so fulfilling.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are a few places in Vista that come to mind that are fun for any hangout. The Backfence Society Clubhouse has a variety of activities and workshops set up for guests to create and socialize with others. If you’re looking for an artsy shop, look no further than Urban Barn Vintage. It’s a quaint little antique store with hand made ornaments, decorations, beauty products, the list goes on. For dining, I’d take a friend or two to either Swami’s Cafe or Lamppost pizza for their chill atmosphere and great food. One more place I’d like to add for a relaxing time would be Brengle Terrace park. It’s spacious and peaceful to set up a picnic or take a nice stroll. It’s also home to the Alta Botanical Gardens, which is a must see for the beautiful plant life and whimsical sculptures.
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?
There have been many people in my life who are just as passionate about the arts as much as I am, and I’ve been blessed to have so much love and support from them. My mother and her friend sew hand made pillows. I have a lot of artist friends whose hard work and dedication has inspired me with my own work. The founders of The Backfence Society Clubhouse in Vista has helped me and a ton of local artists around the San Diego area to put their work out there for all to see with art events such as the Alley Art Festival. Even artists who are no longer with us like caricaturist Al Hirschfeld and arts advocate Vincent Price helped play a part in shaping who I am, not just as a creator but as a person. To be honest, I couldn’t name just one person or organization- they each have given me little pearls of wisdom that I’ve carried and will continue to carry with me when I create.
Nights of Abstract Adjustments
Arin Hanson dressed up
The Emerald Dame
BIPOC Pride icons of the past
Gandalf and Frodo
Drawing of Liane Peter (@peteyhana)
Halloween Self Portrait