Today we’d like to introduce you to Jonathan Carradine.
Jonathan, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I am a Visual Artist, and Illustrator. I was born and raised on Chicago’s Westside, (Humboldt Park/ East Garfield Park). I always had an interest in art since I was a kid in the 90’s. I was into drawing at 3rd grade and was drawing things that were around me like cartoon characters, the Chicago Bulls logo and their championship t-shirts, and the city skyline. Since then, I’ve been developing my talent through art classes in elementary and high school, programs like After School Matters and Gallery 37 and through college as a graphic design major. For the last 3 years, I have been showcasing my work through art shows around the city, hosted art workshops, and became an illustrator for a YA Book series called the Royal Elite Squad.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My art ranges from traditional art to digital art. For my traditional pieces, I use Bristol boards, pencils and inks to create my main pieces. For My digital art, I create my pieces using Adobe Illustrator with a drawing tablet. Right now, I am getting back into painting so I am heavy into it. I also have experience in photography, graphic design and animation. My inspiration for my art is based on my own experiences, pop culture, books, Chicago and things I can relate to. The reason why I create art is to because it’s in my nature. I believe art can create conversation and emotion through visuals and represent my culture. This is something I am working on as becoming a better artist: creating pieces that can evoke dialogue and emotion. I hope that people can take away from my art is that for now, they can do anything if they work hard, have faith, and be authentic with their respective craft.
How can artists connect with other artists?
. I feel like Chicago have art events pretty much every week so I would pick one that best suit your personal schedule, have fun and just go support your fellow artists. You will meet a great amount of people through these events. I would say find drawing events like Draw! Draw! Draw! at Galerie F and Sip and Color by Mobi Coloring. I met some great individuals through these events. Being in group art shows and arriving early to be among the other artists in the show and talk to them before event starts is also very helpful. Also, make sure you stay in contact with them so when an art show if you do connect with someone. Carry Business cards, always have some type of freebies (stickers, pins, postcards buttons, etc.) to give out, and make sure you connect via phone, email or social media. Be a Respectful and Supportive person for another artist’s work. And you will be able to create a network of fellow creatives.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
People can view my art on my portfolio site, which is JonathanCarradine.com. It’s still under the construction but it will be ready Summer 2018. People can also view My art through Instagram: @JonathanCarradine and Facebook, Jonathan Carradine Art. I am more active on Instagram than Facebook. I will also post my exhibitions, events and projects that I am currently working on my social media and my website so feel free to follow me.
- Website: JonathanCarradine.com
- Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/jonathancarradine
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jonathancarradineart
- Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/JonCarradine
- Other: http://www.behance.net/JonathanCarradine