Last time I was here, it was a year and a half ago. And things have gotten crazy. But, I've missed having a place with so many artists giving feedback. Sometimes it's rough out there on the internet, but you guys are chill here, I'm going to make it a habit to grab a beer and just hang out here on the forums, I feel like if I took that route.. things might've been easier.
Anyways, if you guys don't mind I'd like to tell you a story about art and business and life and I'll post some art along the way. Maybe the young artists can learn from my mistakes, and the older ones can tsk tsk. fuck it haha
So since the last time I posted I had been living in NY, had some projects and startups going that fell through because of time money, people, we all had a part it the blame. NY is rough, the money and time is very high stakes. I'm a florida boy that likes beach and calm, honestly I didn't fit in.
I cam back to FL with nothing just trying to get back on my feet I was working as a server and seeing what I could do with art, having no connections or anything down here anymore. Being a server was very detrimental to me trying to do art on the side, time and everything it was just madness. I needed to be stable. Also to be honest, honest with my art bros. I was getting into too much trouble, and I was wild, I needed to be reigned in, realigned. The only final ART
, like personal art I could make, out of that time. was brawler sailor moon. And that came from a bad place, that's not a healthy process for me to have.
Obviously I still did art and worked on projects, but they didn't come from anywhere inside me, just knowledge. It was just work. Because I had to.
So somehow, maybe fate I found a job as a dance teacher, and I was terrible at it, and my boss was a hard ass. But you know what? I needed that. I had learned a terrible arrogance and recklessness along the way, and that world pumped my brakes. HARD.
So I stayed there for a while, I learned, I worked and in the end I got good at it. I relearned how to learn and work. But I'm not a goddamn dancer, and I was not gonna be a goddamn dance teacher for life. So in the meantime, I had my store going and my websites, and I was marketing, but I wasn't producing and I needed a way out.
And here's the part maybe can help out somebody. So, with a friend that was in a similar spot, where he just wanted to move FORWARD we created Art in the Park
where we just did art on sundays at the park, demos, kids, classes, and we networked and met valuable people in the area.
Maybe it's not an eye opener for some, but for me I assumed the art and getting good was the hard part. But there was a whole other side that needs just as much work and it's just getting out there.
So from there we met businesses and galleries.
I met a guy that owns a t-shirt factory and brought me in to partner with him for designs and rebuild the business. But, all I see now is just a start.
I failed trying to do things on my own, but art is a battle and theres is stregth in numbers. Old me would try and hog this factory position to myself, be cut-throat and try to rock it. But, I know I can't keep that up, so I've been bringing in other artists little by little to help carry the load. So maybe if I fail again, I don't have to Start all over.ANYWAYS TL:DR SUAREZ FUCKED UP, LEARNED THAT THE ART WORLD IS EASIER BY NETWORKING AND WORKING HARD.
Also I don't need to tell anyone this, but this is all things that affect my art, and I'm sure you all have things that affect yours too. There has to be a balance between the part you want to show and whats underneath.
But if I want to post here more a be part of the community I'd rather be honest and upfront, because putting on an act all the time is exhausting.
Anyways here's some art!
Design for a shirt!
Tried it as print!
Some hot chicks that were for a clothing line here but i might be doing as a print.
And I fucking LOOOOVED PACIFIC RIM.
Any crits or comments are greatly appreciated, all that stuff that happened it's just context for the art, the art is always gonna be there, you can ignore the context if you want.
Also this Tshirt thing is kinda overwhelming, I'm flying in some help from NY, but I'm open to any ideas or discussion on the topic, I think I've proven that I'm very open and no topic is taboo for me!
Last thing I started a facebook art page and I don't know what I'm doing, so if anyone has experience... https://www.facebook.com/johnsuarezart
I'm just winging it guys
Glad to be back! Sorry for the word diarheeaaaaaaaaaaaaa