JojoesArt (Jonas Jödicke) Interview
Giving us a refreshing break from reality, Jojoes Art takes us into a series of fantasy worlds. Find out more about his world in his interview with Modify Watches.
When was the first moment you decided you wanted to be an artist?
Hmm.. that’s a tough question! Being an “artist”, in terms of wanting to create stuff, has always been a huge part of me. I think there is not one day, that passes, without me having the desire to be creative in some kind of way – and it has always been like that! 😀 But I think it was about 5 years ago, when I was 15 and started uploading some of my art to the Internet. Up to that time art had only been my hobby, but when more and more people started to appreciate my art and began asking for commissions I realized, that I could actually turn my passion into a profession. And here I am now. Still can’t believe it sometimes..
Where do you find your inspiration?
Other artists inspire me, such as my beloved sister PixieCold, with whom I am actually working together in the same studio. Emotions and experiences I have went through in life are a huge source of inspiration as well. I love conveying those through my pictures. My strong belief in God is probably the biggest inspiration for me though. Lots of my pictures have a sense of “godliness”, expressed through magical creatures or landscapes. The battle of “Good and Evil” is a theme I absolutely love, as we all can kinda relate to that.
If you could work with another artist, who would it be? / who is your favorite artist?
I would absolutely love to work with one of my favourite artists, yuumei. She has become widely known through the internet and is a huge inspiration for me. Actually we have been in contact before and she wanted to do a collab with me but then we both were so busy, that it kinda drifted away. I will make sure to get in contact with her again! 😀
One of my favourite artists is also my sister PixieCold. We think a lot alike and have a very similar taste in art, even though we convey it differently in our pictures.
What has been the best moment in your career?
Phew.. the best moment. There have been so many! Some of the best were when I actually got to collaborate with artists I had always looked up to, when I began my artist’s career, such as sandara, sakimichan, JonasDeRo or AlectorFencer. Seeing them drawing some of my characters in their style was huge for me!!
What is your ideal day?
My ideal day would look like this:
Waking up without feeling like a smashed, tired potato. Taking my bike to the art studio and starting to work on a personal piece between all the commissions and projects. Dancing around a little in the art studio with my sister just to relax my back, which always starts hurting after drawing a while. Uploading my finished picture on the Internet in the evening and receiving lots of love by fans and supporters. Going home and eating some quickly made sandwiches because I forgot to eat the whole day. Then going to bed tired but happy. That’s my ideal day I would say.
Who is your role model?
I would say I don’t have ONE definite role model.. There is a lot of inspirations, people I look up to and such.. Well, actually I could consider God my biggest role model I guess.. Him creating the earth and our universe, that’s quite a thing! Wish I was that creative! 😉
If you could do anything, what would it be?
Falling asleep without having to think about creative ideas, things I need to remember etc. for at least half an hour every evening. I envy people who just close their eyes and dive into their dream world. Only happens to me when I am tired to death.. 😀 (even though the best ideas tend to come in the evening.. xD)
Why do you create art?
I can’t live without it, honestly. I think I would be very unhappy. Art is a way of communicating for me. Things I can’t put into words and my mind can’t process on it’s own I put into my art. It helps me be more balanced and happy. Having an art block is the worst thing for me. It really has a huge effect on all other daily life aspects (or maybe it is the other way round? I am not sure.. :))
Well, and also to inspire others, send good messages and to motivate others to use their talents.
What art do you most identify with?
I mostly love art that has a slight touch of melancholy to it. But also that which expresses hope, strength, serenity, love, joy, really any kind of emotion. As long as some kind of strong feeling is conveyed through a piece of art, I will like it! All media can be attractive, even though I personally do prefer using either digital media or watercolors/markers.
I am a huge fan of artworks that take you into another world such as fantasy, surreal or even abstract art. It’s quite hard to narrow down my preferences to something specific..
How has your art changed throughout your life?
Well, when I was young I was mostly drawing monsters and dragons, nothing else really. Fantastic themes are still very prevalent in my art, but I started drawing more humans and in time I tried to put some kind of messages to my pictures. To make statements through my art. That is something I want to go even more into. I would like to be an “art activist” in some way, expressing my views and opinions on things in my own, individual style.
What is your dream project?
I am a huge fan of Disney/Pixar and it would be my biggest dream to work with/for them one day! I would love to create some characters for their films or even help with writing some scripts and stories for them. Next to art, writing is also a big passion I have. That is where I see myself in a few years, hopefully. 😀
What is the best piece of advice you have received?
Don’t trash your dreams because you’re afraid of failure. You can achieve anything if you just believe in it! I would hate to look back onto my life one day and realize that I missed opportunities to live my dreams and do what I love to do, just because I was afraid not to succeed. Hope that will never happen to me.. 😉
Do you have any advice to people who aspire to be freelance artists one day?
Never give up! I know, that’s what everyone says, but it is so true! There are hardships and downfalls on every path that you go through in life. If you want to reach your goals, just go for it and press forward. Giving up is the only real failure. I would have never believed some of the things that I have achieved in my career as an artist so far and I am excited for what is to come. Everyone has huge potential to succeed in whatever they are talented in. I think that is part of who we are and what our purpose is in this life: to use what we have been given and make the best out of it.
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