We had the good fortune of connecting with The Julesjules and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi The, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
Well, easy, I want to give up every other day! And I feel like I’m always pushed to that point. But I find that it is those moments, funny little things happen and it makes me wonder. I’ve thought, that’s it! The “Life” test, like, if I taught myself this one skill (drawing) why don’t I keep trying to find out what it is I’m trying to do with that (art), kinda, range out of order and find out for myself. I tell you, the journey is what makes it most fun and terrible. Within the journey you can find out things you like and don’t like, and what still needs some pushing. I’ve learned now, And the key really is in those moments that one wants to give up. Think how far you’ve gotten already, even if it was just a little bit further. There’s still so much to do and discover parts of yourself and skills you have yet to learn. Besides all that, my short answer is to keep going. Absolutely no matter what.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Sometimes with my art, I still feel like its still in its journey of expanding into so much I am yet aware of. During lockdown, I began thinking over everything I had been doing and started thinking about what I wasn’t doing yet, or things I promised myself I would do. So, it kind of got me into testing myself where, if I could teach myself one other thing on my own just like I did with drawing. I started messing around with an animation software built in Procreate on my iPad Pro, spent my time creating short animations. As if it felt easier to express my painting/drawings and feelings. Animation sort of opened a door for me to show what I love and be able to express the art and make it a little more personal with movement. There were times I thought “If I’m ever good enough to do this” but I’ve been doing this art thing long enough, like perfecting my craft so it felt meaningless to think that. If i’m not indeed good enough, well, there’s always something else I can jump to or go back to. The universe is too big and there’s german to learn I thought. I now I’m trying to teach myself motion design. My passion has always been to create, creation of all sorts, from portraiture to designing. Which brought me to me accepting the fact, I’m allowed to range in wherever I want in the creative fields. It’s a fun road when you pretend to know what you’re doing, you eventually find your way and are willing to learn what really interests you. With me being so self critical of my work, I am rarely ever proud of my work truly, some I do pat myself in the back for. I am mostly proud of how far my work has ranged throughout the years. Coming from a heavy traditional fine arts background, film photography to digital arts. And also because some things you learn never leave you. Throughout it all, I am still finding myself where I fit in the art world. In a pandemic, it only made sense to push myself more unapologetically through art. My client base is usually by word of mouth so, I had to build courage for ways to put myself out there more, on my own. And thought making an online shop would be easier for people to buy prints off me too. Mainly, because I just want to please the people, so, I do it all for the peeps. I at least want to do something I love and have purpose in lol. In ways, creating a shop could also build clientele. And it helped me build a visual that I could always be doing what I love, expressing myself creatively through illustrations. So, I thought I’d challenge myself even more and act on some of my silly childhood dreams while I’m on this earth. Hopefully some day to release some vegan sustainable merch!
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.
Easy, I’d have plenty to do, San Diego is such a big diverse area there could be plenty to do in a week and not enough! I’m into pretty much up for hanging out in all areas you can have a long walk after dinner. For restaurants, I’m limited to as a vegan, although the vegan community in San Diego really doesn’t lack. The Artistic communities all over San Diego, such as North Park and Barrio Logan with plenty of intimate restaurants to eat at with friends, and check out small vendors with handmade crafts. I’d for sure spend a Saturday morning at Little Italy’s farmers market hitting up small shops and the art store for fancy smelling markers. A gem for me also is spending a Sunday morning, is going to the Hillcrest Farmers Market, and for the overload of cute dogs. For starters, when you get there, get coffee at Saigon Coffee! and it’s best to get there early for the dairy-free vietnamese coffee. It is truly tasty coffee! Things to do, most importantly, I’d plan to dedicate an entire day for the bigger areas to explore. Like, Seaport village area, Balboa Park, for drinks at Panama 66. Little Italy and La Jolla Cove for galleries and scenery, Coronado strolling and sunset watching at Sunset cliffs. Also, all perfect areas to pick up your breakfast take-out and go chill at too, and later explore to walk off the vegan breakfast. Even as a vegan I consider myself a little foodie, so I do still have fun exploring food. My top favourite spots for food I would without a doubt to take a vegan and non-vegan friend would be, Plumeria!! (University Heights), Redhouse Pizza (University Heights), Donna Jean!! (Fifth Ave), Plant Power & Hugo’s Cocina (Sunset cliffs), Grains (University heights) for lovely fried snacks! The Yasai (Little Italy), Civico 1845 (Little Italy), El Carrito (Logan), Loving Hut (El cajon blvd), Ranchos Cocina (North park), Trilogy Sanctuary (La jolla). The list goes on cause I’m hungry a lot.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Well, My family members who always bought me art supplies for Christmas. And mainly, a shoutout to my professors I’ve had in my schooling. Lots of their lessons resurface and I apply to my journey, their guidance always pushed me and everyday I’m suuper thankful, but I never get to tell them that. My high school teacher, Shawny Sheldon. In Mesa college, My art/ Book arts professor Cindy Zimmerman and my Printmaking professor Jim Machacek. They all made me believe I had an artistic purpose, so for that, MANY MANY THANKS! ALWAYS!