It’s that time again! Artist interview time!
I have had the honor of having Jamal Fisher in 3 of my graphic design courses over the past few years and it has been a delight to see him find his path (and as well have his “Ah-ha!” moment with his art and design…more on that below!). It’s always a joy to see artists who crave and love multiple mediums find their path to unifying them all. Jamal’s work is one to pay attention to after he graduates this Spring.
C: What is your main focus? (art/design/illustration/other or ye olde combo platter?)
J: My main focus, as far as my major, would be Graphic Design. My interest pairs a wide variety. I have experimented with just about every kind of basic media, 3-D and 2-D. And currently I’ve been very interested in mixing media. Most of the work I display current are works that were started as an acrylic painting, and then were transformed digitally to something new. This new process is something I am still testing out but in my opinion has been showing promising progress
C: Have you always been interested in art/design/illustration? If so, why? If not, what were you interested in?
J: Art in general is something that I’ve always been very interested in since I was very young. Taking art classes in grade school and getting so much ego-boosting feedback from peers, teachers, and family on my work was something wanted to strive for. Art was some I felt like I could do and I think from the beginning I started to believe Art was going to be something I was going to always be associated with. Digital design is newer to me. I never really felt inclined to work digital I guess just because I didn’t know the process or all that you could create. I always thought you were limited if you worked digitally, but it’s the exact opposite.
C: How did you get into art? What was your spark?
J: The most notable thing I can remember from my early childhood is a drawing I made kindergarten. It was just a random time where we were given paper and crayons, but that day I was a little more focused. I really was into my drawing that day and when I was finished I showed everyone. I honestly don’t think they loved the drawing as much as I did but in my head it was the best thing I had ever created! I think from then on I wanted to continue to feel so strongly about something I could create. That feeling was the best feeling ever and the most confident I felt about something at that age and I’ll always remember that day as being one where I felt like I could create something that I was confident about and I was sure about.
C: Goals you’d like to achieve in 1 year? 5 years? A lifetime? (a biggie, I know!)
J: A goal I want to complete within 1 year would be to fully and pleasingly to myself, represent my artwork on social media.
In 5 years, I would like to be working for a company on some type of graphic design team designing and branding, really gaining quality experience.
And my lifetime goal would definitely be to have a career marketing and designing for movies. Either Disney specifically or just movies in general.
C: Why do you create?
J: I believe the reason I create is for the feeling I get when I’m finished. There isn’t any other sense of accomplishment that I get than when I complete a work of art I am completely satisfied with. And honestly the emotion I can evoke within myself. I know a lot of artist do it for the audience but the response I can get from myself is something I feel like I can’t compare to others.
C: What (or whom) is your inspiration? Why?
J: Salvador Dali. He’s an artist of great creativity and interpretation. I love his work, and I love that it makes you think and wonder.
C: Where do you see yourself going on your career path? What are your hopes/dreams/aspirations?
J: I really would love to work for Disney. I grew up on Disney and am still following them. I love the movies and love the way they advertise. I would love to be apart of that and to learn a great deal from them.
C: Best advice you’ve ever received?
J: The best advice I’ve been given is to keep going and make art for me. I get frustrated a lot and get nervous when I hear deadline and I tend to shut down. What I’ve learned to do is to not give up but reevaluate, look at things differently come up with new and creative twist and keep doing what love the most.
C: Gimme the deets! What’s your instagrame/twitter/snap/society6/redbubble/etc and website info? List it allllll (that you use for your work) 🙂
J: All of my social media needs to be updated for sure (one of my goals), and I still am finding by brand and name but here everything is: