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Rising Stars: Meet Jiminai

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jiminai.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
From humble origins in a small West Texas town, my passion for art started at an early age. There are photos of me asleep at the table with a marker in hand. I really liked comic books back then and would draw the characters out of them and then sell them to my classmates in elementary school.

While the rest of primary education was focused on sports, I picked art back up heavily in College, minoring in Printmaking. The techniques and workflow of printmaking were beneficial when I joined the post-college workforce world of Graphic Design. While I worked for various companies, I became more valuable as a freelancer who was picked up for speedy execution and creative twists.

Clients like Red Bull began hiring me to illustrate event posters for them which steadily grew my digital skills and portfolio, all the while I began playing with spray paint. Learning how to control a media to turn digital graphics into massive artistic pieces quickly became my passion. Since then, I’ve been able to produce any scale of static art for any media and size.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No road worth walking is smooth. If you succeed without effort and struggle, then you’ve merely done something, not accomplished something.

One of the biggest struggles as an artist, or designer, is getting properly paid for your work and being treated fairly during the process. I spent a long time making $10 an hour to produce graphics that companies then made fortunes off of. I’ve gotten hustled and taken granted for time and time again when selling art pieces. Almost every mural you bid for, they try to work you down. Or worse, they’ll hope you’ll do it for clout.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am primarily known for portraits that utilize bright and bold colors in strong poses, and more recently, they include a neofuture/cyberpunk flare to them. Media I primarily use varies from digital illustration to spray paint, as well as acrylic painting and pen and ink. My favorite pieces are the spray-painted ones, but I’m also proud of my digital work, especially the collection of pieces I put together into a print book.

What sets me apart from other artists is my fusion of photo-realism and comic-like line work. I think my choice of subject matter also plays a role in identifying my stuff in a lineup. I like powerful poses that represent certain moods. That mixed with unique fashion and patterns produces work that people resonate well with. I’m often complimented on my color theory as well.

If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
I’ve always been an imaginative, optimistic mind presented in a logical, honest presentation. Oddly good at puzzle types of tasks and short-term memory tasks. Growing up, there was less worrying about the pressures of fitting in and more just going at the activity at hand with a curiosity and excitement to learn something new. I never saw the politics of people that seem to govern every human activity, which surely explains my choice to remain a freelancer as an adult. I also was easily excited at the idea of meeting others and learning interesting facts or trying new activities.

I’ve gained some reservation with age and given the current events of the last few years, but I still live with a freethinking mindset and belief that harmony is attainable, although a life-long challenge.

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