There’s nothing I love more (well…) than meeting other artists. It doesn’t matter what kind of art, either. It could be photography, music, sculptures, fashion designers, artists, anything! Everything is equally as fascinating. So, that’s why I decided to start a weekly-ish artist feature. In celebration of everything weird, wild, and funky.
This weeks feature is a good friend of mine, Johnny. I believe I met Johnny through one of my art blogs a couple years ago, and man has our stuff grown since then. When I met him, as far as I knew he only did photography, and it was wonderful stuff! But then, he starts posting these portrait drawings, and a little while later he posts some of his graphic design stuff, and it’s awesome.
So, ladies and gentlemen, Johnny Villamar!
I’ve been fortunate enough to go to school and study work from many different artists. Some of the people that influence my own graphic design work include: Paul Rand, Alexey Brodovitch, Saul Bass, Milton Glaser, and various other artists. Their work is iconic and timeless. I wish someday I’m able to create something of that caliber.
I was first introduced to Graphic Design in 9th grade (~8 years ago) so I guess you could say that came first. It wasn’t until I graduated high school that I was truly hooked on the idea of creating art. In order to get into the graphic design program at school they make you go through a series of intro classes, so I started with a 100 level drawing class which taught me to see things differently. Through drawing I learned about the importance of composition. The summer after that class I decided to teach myself about photography, and eventually I made it into graphic design.
When I was working my way through the art program at school I was introduced to working with ink and acrylic paint. Although I am not opposed to working with these again, I don’t feel very comfortable trying paint or ink at the moment. It has been almost 3 years since I attempted a piece with something other than pencil so I still need practice.
My dream camera would be a Leica M9 simply based on looks. I have a fascination with the design of old film cameras, but the functionality of a digital camera. The Leica M9 has both! Too bad it’s extremely expensive.
This is a tough question to answer because there’s not one thing that excites me about what I do. I enjoy being tasked with an assignment and finding a solution to it. I get excited every time I take a good picture, come up with an eye-catching design, or finish a drawing. I get especially excited when I have the opportunity to share what I have come up with.
My favorite color is green! I’m a lover of Italian food (without forgetting my mom’s mexican food cooking). Since I’ve lived most of my life in a city I am always seeking nature. I guess “nature” is my favorite place at the moment. My favorite artist/band..Ellie, you sure know how to ask difficult questions! I can’t pick favorites, but lately I’ve been listening to music from Watsky, The Maine, Arctic Monkeys, and of course Eminem. I can’t say the influence my work directly, but I do have music playing while I’m working.
Huge thanks to Johnny for being the first feature! Definitely check out his links. He posts some really great stuff. And, if anyone wants to submit their own pieces of work, please feel free! As I said before, any kind of art will be wildly accepted. Just go to my “contact” page and email me some examples.
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