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Hello creatives! Last month we gave you a closer look of an amazing artist from Ukraine. This month we get back to the East Coast as we bring you another fun interview with a great artist from New Jersey, USA. Let's welcome JP Valderrama, also known as "The Fresh Doodle" on this month's UCreative Spotlight.
JP Valderrama from his latest group exhibit in Minneapolis entitled: "Tarot Mystics and the Occult" at Light Grey Art Lab
Q: Welcome to UCreative JP! How are you and how’s New Jersey?
Hi, I'm doing good! There's nothing much to say about New Jersey lol!
Q: What made you decide to enter the world of digital illustration?
A very long time ago, when I bought my 1st Wacom Intuos tablet and was introduced to Photoshop 5.5. It was around 1999.
SEDUCE by The Fresh Doodle (Source)
Q: Describe to us your style of digital art.
It's hard to give a name to my style of work. It's pretty much a mixture of basic cross hatching with splashes of watercolor and paint splatters. It's a digital artwork, trying to look traditional. A lot of people has been describing it as "carefree splatter" due to wildness of my strokes which brings out a lot of movement in the piece. But at the same time it is also "controlled" due to the fact that every stroke/splatter I place, has its purpose.
'TIL DEATH DO US PART by The Fresh Doodle (Source)
Q: Have you ever tried traditional illustration before going into digital?
Of course, all digital artists must've started doodling using pen and paper before getting introduced to a computer.
Q: Take us to your creative process. Where and how do you start?
It all starts with ideas. When I've finally decided my concept, I start looking for real images of people, animals, structures that I can use as references for my semi-realistic style of drawing. Stock photo sites, Google or any site on the Internet is where I go to. Then I start drawing. Colors go next, splatters and textures last.
VENOM AND TEARS by The Fresh Doodle (Source)
Q: Describe your workplace. Would you share us the tools you use to come up with such awesome works?
Nothing interesting about my workplace, it's just a 2nd bedroom in our apartment, lol. Regarding about tools, I use my Dell and the old school Wacom Intuos 3. That's about it. :D
Q: What are some crazy things you do to get inspired or get inspiration from?
LOL. I don't have any rituals or do crazy things just to get inspired. But I do daydream a lot and that's where I get my ideas. It's also a bad thing 'coz when people talk to me, I don't pay attention, lol. Oh, metal music definitely fuels me and gets me in the mood but not really a source of inspiration. =)
ZOMBIFIED (Commissioned Work) by The Fresh Doodle (Source)
Q: What kind of projects do you currently accept for commission works?
Right now I get a lot portrait requests. But I've been really busy doing work for galleries in the meantime.
Q: You’ve done so many amazing portraits of people. Is there someone whom you consider a dream subject for a portrait?
Dream portrait? With the endless possibilities of the Internet today, it's not hard grabbing a photo of anyone and use it for reference. BUT if I was personally approached by Charlize Theron to do her nude portrait then f*ck yeah, dream come true lol.
KILLING IS THE SWEETEST THING THERE IS. by the Fresh Doodle (Source)
Q: You are known as “The Fresh Doodle” in almost all social networking sites known for artists. How did you come up with that interesting alias?
Haha good question. It all started around Dec of 2010 when I did a portrait for a friend. I was rusty with drawing at that time and had no desire of sharing my art to the world. It just so happened that I did a good job on the first try and got so many good feedback from my friends, around 50+ likes on Facebook lol, so that pretty much inspired me to do more portraits and concepts as well. And that's when I started thinking about making something out of my work, and then "The Daily Doodle" was born. I named it "Daily Doodle" simply because at that time, I was drawing new portraits everyday. But as an artist, being inspired could only last a certain time so I wasn't able to live up to the name. I also googled "Daily Doodle", and a thousand sites showed up with the same name, so it was time for a change. Since a lot of people though my work was unique and somewhat "fresh", I just decided to name it "Fresh Doodle".
Digital Art by The Fresh Doodle (Source)
ABIGAIL - the very first artwork published by The Fresh Doodle (Source)
Q: Which among your artworks so far gave you the hardest time to create?
To be honest, answering this interview was the hardest. Too many questions! LOL. When you love what you do, "HARDEST TIME" doesn't come that often.
Q: What’s your most memorable project so far?
Most significant would be the "Welcome to the Fresh Doodle" piece. I think it was a brilliant idea and has caught the attention of so many people in a lot of social networks.
WELCOME by The Fresh Doodle (Source)
Q: What do you think is the biggest challenge of working as a freelance artist?
Biggest challenge would be coming up with a more awesome concept than your previous awesome concept.
Q: How do you deal with creative block?
Just let it pass. When you're not inspired, you're not inspired. I usually just do other things.
VOICES IN MY HEAD by The Fresh Doodle (Source)
Q: There’s a huge pool of digital artists out there. How do you keep yourself and your art in the spotlight?
I just be myself, create art and try not to compete or compare myself to other artists. There is always someone out there to appreciate my work. Stick to your creative instincts.
Q: Have you been inspired by other artists? Tell us about some of them.
YES. Russ Mills of Byroglyphics. Check out his work and you'll see. =)
ARCTIC TEARS by The Fresh Doodle (Source)
Q: Can you measure how much your art has changed your life now? What are those changes?
Yes. It has definitely made me a better artist and with all the support from friends and followers, it also made me a happier person lol.
Q: What’s your idea of your dream project?
No dream project, but I do dream of living comfortably from selling my art.
IN A BORDER COLLIE'S EYES (Commissioned Work) by The Fresh Doodle (Source)
Q: How do you spend your free time?
I run and play tennis a lot, lucky to be athletic. And on the weekends it would be hanging out with friends and watch metal concerts. =)
Q: If you are not an artist, what could have been your career today and why?
To be honest, I don't know.
SPIDEY by The Fresh Doodle (Source)
Q: What’s currently on your music playlist?
Meshuggah, Hatebreed, Lamb of God, Chelsea Grin, Corrosion of Conformity, Chimaira, Arch Enemy.
Q: Mention one thing people don’t know about you.
I'm 5'4" lol.
Q: Where do you see yourself ten years from now?
Running my own gallery and making money out of struggling artists lol.
BLACK PEA by The Fresh Doodle (Source)
Q: Any piece of advice to all the aspiring artists out there?
Do what you do, never compare yourself to other artists and never get intimidated. I always believe that Practice + Patience + Commitment = SUCCESS STORY. Worked for me, it could work for you. =)
Q: Any art show/exhibit/events/store/etc where we can see your stunning works or places and stuff you would like our readers to check out soon?
Yes I have 2 shows. First is in Red Bank, NJ "Something Wicked comes this way" on November 9 and other is "The Gang is Here" show at the Bottleneck Gallery, Brooklyn NY.
JP with his artwork entry called "7 of Pentacles" in his latest exhibit "Tarot Mystics and the Occult" at Light Grey Art Lab.
With other artists in the exhibit "Tarot Mystics and the Occult" at Light Grey Art Lab.
Before we forget, belated happy birthday JP!
THANKS! HURRICANE SANDY MESSED IT UP BIG TIME THOUGH. LOL!
Q: Thank you JP for spending some time with UCreative. Any people you would like to be thankful for?
MYSELF by The Fresh Doodle (Source)
There you have it guys! This might be one of the most fun interviews we had in the UC Spotlight so far. JP and his artistic career teaches us to always strive in practicing our own style and be ORIGINAL. Don't forget to like the Fresh Doodle's Facebook Fan page for more updates.
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