DJ Javier is local Santa Barbara artist, who between his compelling graphic art and polite demeanor, has quickly become one of our favorite collaborators. After releasing this t-shirt he designed last month, it only made sense to find out more about this talented young force...
1. Who are you?
DJ Javier, 23, Santa Barbara, California.
2. Describe your medium & process for your photos...
I consider myself an artist and designer, so most of my work starts as rough pencil sketches and then will most likely end up being created with Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop. I love the limitless possibilities that come with digitally creating artwork, but at the end of the day nothings beats pencil and paper.
3. How did you find your passion? Who/what influences your work?
I wanted to be an architect growing up, but took a drafting class in high school soon realized that I hate math and can't draw straight lines to save my life. I shifted my focus to art and soon enough picked up design and have been hooked ever since.
My graphic design and art abilities tend to influence each other. I look at my art through the lens and perspective of design, and vice versa. I think it helps challenge my creative capabilities and truly helps me think outside the box. Besides that, I pull influence from people like Barry McGee, Thomas Campbell, Paul Rand, Grotesk, Steve Harrington. At the end of the day, I try to not over saturate my mind with other people's work. I think the best, most authentic work comes from your own memory and experiences.
4. What excites you about your work? What do you struggle with?
What excites me most is that I always have a running list of things I want to create. After every drawing, I am probably starting another one right after that. I feel like I'm continuing to learn something new everyday, which pushes me to continue to improve. But I do tend to struggle with being overly critical with my work; I have piles of drawings and designs that might not ever see the light of day because I'm not too stoked on them. I guess the urge to be critical and push myself is almost a good struggle to have.
5. What are your goals? Where do you see yourself going?
My goal is to continue pursuing my creative career through art and design. I'd love to collaborate with more brands and companies who dig my work and would let me go crazy and do cool stuff for them. Hopefully more art shows in the coming future, and creating more and more work.
But at the end of the day, I just want to do what I love and hopefully inspiring others to do the same. To be honest, I have no idea where this path is leading me, and I think thats the best part. Not knowing where I'm going but trusting God along the way is what I've done and will continue to do.