We had the good fortune of connecting with JP Buga and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi JP, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Well I knew someone had to do it, so I thought why not me as well! I never quite found any further interest in my school subjects career-wise. Instead I found bliss from drawing in my notes while the teacher would lecture. I got sent to the principals office once for doing so, and they said “Are you being disrespectful? You’re not taking life seriously with doodles like these!” and I said, “No ma’am, you’re wrong. I’m an artist!” This dialogue didn’t happen, but the event unfortunately did. I was indeed sent to the principal’s office for doodling instead of taking notes, even though I was taking notes. So that’s just a big mess. Anyways, yeah! I enjoyed drawing, and being creative. Like anybody creative probably would. I never thought the thing that would get in me trouble, would become my career and passion.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a 3D Generalist with a love for doodles and animation. A lot of my work comes from strange ideas influenced by a series of thoughts or moments in life. I love to interact and be educated by people of the world. Somehow, someway, art gives me an option to communicate and relate to others those experiences and lessons. Whether it be humorous or sentimental, strict or sleepy. I always look forward to making new mistakes. Although most times stressful, making new mistakes means I learned from the last ones. Otherwise it’d be the same mistake over and over. That shows I’m learning! And that’s really what I’m about. Being educated. Experiencing what life has to offer. And the best way I’ve found to do that is through my art.
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.
Well, if we’re talking about right now, I’d recommend they stay home. But if we’re speaking in a general timeframe, frankly, I’m more of a bring-the-party-to-you type of person. Go with the flow, you know what I mean. In-fact, a lot of times people will recommend things to me! You gotta try the beach. Listen, I’m from Florida, and it is HOT and HUMID there. Sand gets everywhere! But imagine my surprise when I sat down at Manhattan Beach, in my Sunday Best, and the sand just rolled right off! I mean! Wow! And that sea-breeze. Very nice. I take a lot of sentimental pleasure in riding down the coast at sunset. I know some people don’t really care about the sun setting, because it does it every night, but more-so seeing how many people gather in one place to experience this, it’s quite magical. I mean it’s LA, you can’t go wrong anywhere. Uh, hiking, surfing, drinking, partying etc. Lot’s of cool cats and dogs. I’d play it by ear 🙂
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to my mother. She is a wonderful person who encouraged me to try new things and be creative, despite what others may think. And then everyone else is second to her. Not saying they’re not important, but I mean, c’mon! It’s my mom. Over the years I’ve met a lot of fantastic people with clever minds and well-crafted talents. I would not be where I’m headed without their love and support. Too many people to list, but if they know me, then I know them. Thank you folks.