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Art & Life with Jadzia Hart

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jadzia Hart.

Jadzia, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
My story begins with my parents: my mother (a proud Filipina immigrant) and my father (a vibrant Arkansas native). It would be my mother, eager to grant me and my siblings opportunities that she didn’t have in her home village of Baga, who would introduce me to the world of traditional animation. My upbringing would be filled with cartoons and video games, with Pokemon Silver on the Gameboy Color being the first I obtained on a trip to the Philippines and The Lion King as my earliest memory of a Disney classic. My father, a cinephile and music maniac, would happily introduce me to the art of storytelling done through live action film.

Often, my interests in video games and cartoons would spill into my academic life. I could always be found drawing or creating stories with original characters that would change from week to week. None of these would ever see the light of day, though I’d occasionally show the rouge doodle to my parents who would encourage me to create even more.

In middle school, the internet would introduce me to limited digital animation. Websites such as Youtube, DeviantART, and Newgrounds would quickly overtake my free time. My interest in creating my own content would grow stronger. I’d rush through homework assignments to sketch out new ideas into my school journals. Webcomic ideas would be littered across the pages of my math notes, and my Nintendo DS’s Flipnote app would be filled with failed animation attempts. This would carry on until high school, though art would only remain a hobby.

At Hamilton High School, I would take my first art class which would focus primarily on fundamental drawing and painting skills. My teacher would encourage me to take an AP class, where I would learn about the possibility of pursuing art as a career. I didn’t have much information regarding animation as a career, but my parents were extremely supportive of my endeavors. While it was an extremely difficult process, I was admitted into Laguna College of Art + Design as an animation major, where I am now working towards my degree.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I’m a digital artist and an animator. My main focus is character design, but I like to dabble in visual development work.

I work to create stories that are fun and fresh while also speaking on things I would have wanted to hear growing up. As a mixed black and Asian artist, I’ve often felt excluded and isolated from my own communities. Part of my desires as an artist is to use my voice as a bridge for youth who have felt alone. At the end of the day, inclusion and identity is something that is very important to me that is showcased in all of my work.

My inspiration comes from a number of things, like experimental video games, Japanese animation and comics, and African American/Filipinx culture. I tend to work in a fast and loose experimental style, so my usage of line and color often emphasizes this. Hopeful this is something that others can see in my art too!

Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
Your voice is unique, so use it to tell your own stories! The world can always use more of those. Draw from life and anything that motivates or interests you. Listen to music and take breaks from art when necessary. Do things outside of art. Work hard, but take care of your body.

Art isn’t a race, so take it slow and enjoy the journey!

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I am most active on social media, especially Twitter. I can be found on Instagram and Tumblr. I also have a portfolio site I upload to.

People can support me through commissions and ko-fi donations!

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