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Conversations with Julieta Monsivais

Today we’d like to introduce you to Julieta Monsivais. 

Hi Julieta, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I feel in love with the concept of art creators when I was little, thanks to the influence of my parents and my sister, who were the ones who led me into the world of digital art. It started with doodles and sketches that I found on social media, but after so many recreations of work from other artists, I took the courage to finally create something that was more original, something that could represent me as an artist. 

One day while I was sketching, I realized that the human body could be decomposed with geometric figures and that these could be distorted to create more interesting compositions. It was a way of reinterpret the world that we already know. That’s when I really started to create illustrations that I enjoyed and where fun to make. 

This finally got me to where I am today; obviously, I still have a wide range of knowledge to explore and learn, but from time to time, it’s good to think about how far we have come and what got us to the place we are. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back, would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The struggles were then from the beginning; we all have our ups and downs now and then. But it helps to think that eventually, it all be worth it. I try applying to some art events, but they turn me down obviously because I was just starting and I didn’t have that much experience, so I kept drawing and practicing because I knew I could do better. 

I also struggled with the response to social media. For a while, it was my goal to get more followers and likes on this platforms so I started to create content that I thought people would like; unfortunately by doing this, I wasn’t making artwork that satisfied me, and that came along with ”art blocks”. I have lost inspiration many times, and I think that’s one of the biggest struggles for an artist, not being able to draw and not having the energy or creativity, also doubting yourself and thinking that your work is not enough. 

One thing that has really helped me with this is having a drawing schedule and trying not to stay up all night even If I want to finish an illustration so badly because we also need to rest, and it’s not healthy to keep going with that lifestyle. The work can wait for tomorrow. 

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
Besides being a digital artist I’m on my way of becoming a graphic designer, so my work area can be very diverse which is really fun. I can go from doing a corporate identity manual to a book illustration. Although I think I enjoy doing illustrations the most because I get a more liberty unlike jobs related to graphic design. With illustrations, I can play around with the reality that surround us and create one of my own. I usually create pieces that I can relate to, and I try to transmit the emotions that I sense at the moment, but sometimes I just like to take elements like color, composition, and perspective and play around with them, distorting the world around the characters of the illustration, and creating a different perspective of a frozen moment. 

I think that the pieces that really make me proud are the ones that feel like reality, but as you keep looking at the details, you can see that it’s like a photograph taken by another person, the main elements are still there, but somehow it feels and looks different. 

Who else deserves credit in your story?
One of my biggest mentors is my sister Jazmin Monsivais; of course, she thought me the world of digital art and what art creators can do. We used to watch cartoons together, and as we got older, we discovered that there was a whole group of people behind our favorite cartoon characters we began to learn more about concept artists and character designers. It’s interesting how we grew together and still have different styles because we see the world from different perspectives; that’s why I think that it’s amazing getting to see the work of other artists and learning from them; we all see the thinks that surround us very different. 

Even though my sister thought me a lot of things, I think that the source of everything is my grandmother Guadalupe Moreno, she used to draw flowers and pretty women on napkins just for fun, and she didn’t thought her talent could be of use for a professional career, she had responsabilities, a family to maintain and she always looked at those drawings like some funny little doodles. 

But she did influence my dad Emmanuel Monsivais a lot in the creative area, so he had a greater opportunity to develop his art skills. But he also had also a family to support, and he couldn’t afford to leave his job to embark on the path of artists; it wasn’t a stable job. So little by little, he started to make his own art exhibitions with the concept of people drawn in cartoon form. 

That’s when I realize that I didn’t had to draw everything as it was; I could transform the things around me. My father did taught us some drawing techniques, but I was very stubborn, and I didn’t always followed the rules, but I can say that as I got older, I began to appreciate them and realize that they are very helpful. 

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