Artist of the week: Junior Ben Eastman

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Background in Art:

“My parents have always surrounded me with design and encouraged creativity, so I’m thankful for that. I’ve always liked to draw, and it’s still one of my favorite things to do because I can kind of forget about everything else going on around me. Being creative is important to me because I feel like a lot of students get caught up in the expectations of their parents/teachers and forget to relax and express themselves.”

Inspiration and Meaning:

“Without really thinking about it, my pieces tend to be inspired by artists/people that I look up to. If I see something that I think is wild or interesting, I won’t forget about it, and I like to add it to whatever I’m working on.

For example, I’m doing a portrait right now of rapper Lil Uzi Vert, who has a playful personality — pink hair, face tats — you name it. The way he expresses himself inspires me, and because of how vibrant he is, I’m trying to use the loudest colors to shade his face to completely encapsulate who he is as well as who I am.”

Challenges:

“Coming up with ideas is tough for me. It’s easy to just get told what to do, but the hardest part for me is being original and going out of my comfort zone. Experimenting with color is also tough for me because it’s kind of intimidating.”

Best field of art:

“Drawing is my favorite class, but I do better in design because I have a more design-based way of thinking.”

Aspirations:

“I’m hoping to continue being creative but also including productivity to what I do in the future. I know I’ll go to school for something along the lines of design, but I’m looking forward to see how it unfolds.”

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