Read more, Sketch more, Create more - Jason Ratliff Interview

Read more, Sketch more, Create more - Jason Ratliff Interview

We want to introduce you to Jason Ratliff, artist of the 'Walking Shadows' series. His artwork showcases a traditional drawing technique with the incorporation of the geometric trend. We got to chat to him about his inspirations, aspirations and life in general. 

  •  Who are your inspirations?
  • This is a difficult question to answer because there is no single overwhelming source. I find inspiration in many things: photography, fashion and design, abstract, surrealistic and realistic art, music and film. I get inspired by color and composition; art that tells a story, has a message or greater meaning. Basically, I get inspired by anything that is done well.

  • Whose house would you like to see your art in?
  • Milton Glaser's house. But to be honest, I'm happy that anyone wants to see something of mine on their wall everyday.

  • What is your artistic background?
  • I studied graphic design in school but I've also worked with many other forms of art. Everything from sculpture and ceramics to painting and wood-working, but illustration has always been my passion. I'd like to think that my form of artwork is a marriage of my graphic design background and my artistic nature.

  • Future aspirations?
  • As an artist, if you do it for long enough, you develop phases along the way. Even if the phases are subtle trends in the work, all long-term artists have them. The Walking Shadows are one of my phases and people really seemed to connect with them. I've been working on the series for over a year now and it has seemed like lightning in a bottle. I've never created something that has had such an overwhelming response. As far as what the future holds, I'm ready to move on to whats next. And I can only be so lucky if what I create resonates with as many people again.

  • What advice would you give to your teenage self?
  • I would tell myself to read more, sketch more, create more. Simple as that.

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