We had the good fortune of connecting with Jorge Soto and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jorge, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
In the beginning I didn’t think of an artistic career and for the most part didn’t even realize that one could be had. I somewhat stumbled into this when I drew something and posted it online. I was feeling a bit low and saw a painting on Instagram that i liked so i tried to paint something myself. I recorded myself doing it on my stories and after I posted it, people I didn’t know began to follow me and message me. I didn’t really know that there was such a thing as an Instagram artist but someone pointed it out to me and I looked it up on YouTube. After that I deleted all of my personal posts and decided I would try to be an Instagram artist in my free time. I don’t draw very often because I think its important to not take myself to seriously but I think its been going pretty well.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I want my drawings to embrace flaws. Not care what may happen or what mistakes are made. Be free to just scribble on paper and feel what you feel. I don’t know that there is anything special that sets me apart from others. I draw when it feels right but it rarely does. I don’t mind too much that I go months without drawing though I wish I would draw more. I’m not sure why I don’t. I guess, if I don’t feel like I have something interesting to say I will opt to instead say nothing. I don’t like when I draw things with the purpose of doing something that looks cool. I’m sometimes embarrassed recreations of cartoons or other things people will like. I’m not sure if it was easy or difficult to get where I am. Some would say I don’t try very hard but others might say that its good that I don’t push myself. It all seems to have happened thanks to random chance. Like the time I collaborated with Nickelodeon on YouTube videos. A director walked past me at the rose bowl flea market and noticed my SpongeBob drawing. he asked if I wanted to do something with them and I said yes. I don’t aim to be famous or successful as an artist. I’m happy with knowing that people would hang up copies of my drawings and that they would go out of their way to send me a kind message. I don’t feel the need to be understood or known. Chances are that I will eventually be forgotten. Im just happy some people in the world like my drawings and seem to sometimes think I’m an okay guy.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I don’t go out an awful lot, but I do enjoy Flea market and vintage/antique shops around los angeles. I amigine I would take them to some and also to taste all the great food that you can find here. I wish I knew about cool secret spots or if I were famous enough to be invited to art galleries. Maybe someday. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Before I decided to be a guy that draws things and posts them online I wasn’t in the best place emotionally. If it wasn’t for the support of the people who message me every day encouraging me and telling me the nice things they tell me I don’t know what would have become of me.
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