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Jimi Crayon

WHAT DO YOU DO?
I’m an artist. I work across many different mediums and try new things all the time. Im probably best known for my clean and colourful digital work or my more scrappy mural and large scale painting. Im signed to Central Illustration Agency (CIA) in the UK and BA-Reps in the US. Im obsessed with colour and composition and have the most fun doing what I do. I couldn’t think of any thing else i’d rather be doing. I feel truly blessed and grateful for where I am today.

WHY ARE YOU DOING IT?
Because I love what I do. If you love what you do you may as well keep doing it right? I think that if your lucky enough to be someone who is genuinely in love with what you do then your chances of being successful are really high. Im get completely caught up in the creative process of each piece of work I do regardless of whether its for myself or a paid commission.
I just love getting lost in the creative process. This is what I do and this is what I know best.

WHAT / WHO INFLUENCES YOU?
I have so many influences and inspirations. If you want names then I’d say, Takeshi Murakami, Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, KAWS, Koons, Basquiat, Duchamp, Picasso, Roa, Todd James, JR… I could go on and on. I think I prefer the word inspiration over influences. These people inspire me rather than have some kind of influence or control over my work. But as I said I have so many inspirations, not just people. I’ve always said that the only source of inspiration is through experiencing something new. It doesn’t matter whether thats visiting a new city, discovering an artists work for the first time or meeting new people, new experiences are the way to push yourself forward creatively.

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS?
I really don’t set my self goals anymore. That might sound lazy but its the opposite. I’m way more successful without them. For me, chasing dreams and setting goals isn’t as great, or perhaps healthy as others might encourage. I think it teaches you to live 10 steps ahead of yourself and not in the present, where everything is actually happening. People tend to imagine that their lives will be better or more complete when (or if) they reach their goals but I don’t think that day truly ever comes, its always in the distance. I don’t like the perpetual feeling of not having enough or always wanting more and I don’t want to live my life chasing the things I don’t have when I could be enjoying the things I do. Dont get me wrong, I love success and watching people achieve great things, I just prefer to give whatever it is I’m doing at that moment 100% and not worry about the future. The best way to secure a brilliant future for yourself is to be brilliant now. Creatively speaking I just want each piece of work I’m doing to be better than the last or to at least explore a new idea. As long as I do that then I can’t go wrong.

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