ABOUT THE ARTIST
- Ruben Ramirez, 24
- Born & Raised in Santa Fe Springs CA
- I wish I could say I have a Bachelors Degree in Art or that I’m a world renowned artist showcasing in galleries, but the truth is, most of my art sits in my room collecting dust…maybe comes out for my local city art show once a year and is regularly displayed online. Sure I wish more for my art. but I’m stuck in the limbo of knowing my art is unique but also could be better than my last.
I’m not looking for people to want to buy my art, I’m looking for people who want to be an artist, to see my art and realize there isn’t a type of style they have to learn to be recognized and appreciated.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO CREATE?
- I got inspired to draw from just sitting in high school and always doodling around in the corners or blank backsides of worksheets. There is only so much you can doodle before you run out of ideas. I started doing lines, then the lines started to be come curves and patterns.
DESCRIBE THE PROCESS OF CREATING FROM START TO FINISH.
- I would describe my work as a bunch of mistakes with a purpose. When people tell me they can’t draw something or they mess up, I laugh. My whole art style is based off mistakes, there are no rules for art, you can make anything into anything without having to explain yourself. If i mess up on a line i keep going add something to that line that you feel like will still work.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU CREATE? IS IT SPONTANEOUS OR PLANNED?
- If you guessed it takes hours for me to do all those lines you’re correct. For the most part its tedious to keep your eyes moist staring at black lines for hours at a time. It does put a toll on you after a while especially once you enter the must finish zone. I find images for references. I usually do a stencil like outline for multiple projects at once. After I pick one piece at a time to start inking, I use Micron pens on multi-media paper.
- It’s all spontaneous if I’m in the mood to sit and draw lines for hours. Somedays I could do up to seven outline/stencils in two hours and not touch them for a week or two. Then there are days I can knock out three full inked pieces in a day, it all depends on how my drive for the day is, but once I start something in inking i cant leave the table until its finished.
WHO INSPIRES YOU?
- I look up to Banksy and OBEY, as they are very stencil based. I don’t use spray paint but I can relate to the style of layers and patterns. I for the most part, only use black ink, I have to find a way to make tones and shades with other patterns.
WHAT KIND OF PROJECTS ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO IN THE FUTURE?
- I have a lot of ideas for future projects. Much bigger canvases, maybe even some walls, shirts, stickers. Maybe entering in more shows to get my art out to more people.