In 2013 I decided to make art. And for the next 5 years I fiddled around and experimented with different styles, subjects, and materials, trying to make sense of what kind of artist I wanted to be. Before in college I had put much of my focus on a career path in the creative industry, such as film, animation, comics, and video games. But since none of my endeavors have been fruitful, being still stuck in the rock and a hard place, and a period of existential crisis ultimately led me to realize that being a working artist is not the path I can, or want to be. It occurred to me that making art for ME, not for someone else, was what really made me happy and fulfilled, and it took a giant leap of faith to accept that I will never bear any Benny fruits out of my art and to simply make art for art’s sake.
So 2013 was the start of that journey. And I can honestly say I felt more accomplished as an artist than I ever felt when I was in college. Throwing away any kind of limitations and conformities, I made art of all shapes and sizes and styles, imbuing my inner thoughts and feelings in every stroke of a brush or pencils or whatever medium I chose. Along the way I’ve pursued several exhibition opps in my area, as well as documenting my processes and keeping records of my works on and offline (this blog site being one of them).
It is now 2021. After few years of hiatuses caused by personal emergencies and the worldwide pandemic we known as the COVID19, I’ve come to a fork on the road, and have made a conscious decision to take my art into a new direction. I’ve been inspired by a recent exposure to the “lowbrow art” and the social media to take a small step back to the old days when I had dreamed of working in animation and comics. In my spare time I would be creating my own characters most of them based on my personalities with the hopes of starring them in a major production. But having been disillusioned by the lack of progress and discontented with all the obstacles and loopholes I’d have to cross I had no choice but to bury my creations. Recently I have been creating characters again and setting up for new series of works around them. I may have told you about this in one of my previous post but here it is ICYMI. It is good to be back here again after too long of leaving it in the dust and I am so anxious to share with you my new work. Be sure to stay tuned as I slowly unveil my new work and any potential new endeavors that will follow.
Until then, stay safe and happy!