Today we’d like to introduce you to Johnte Dennis.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
So… first off, I’ve lived almost anywhere you can think of in Arizona. I come from a very nomadic family, if you will, constantly moving from one city to the next, sometimes multiple in one year. I was born in North Carolina in the Raleigh area. I moved to Arizona at a very young age, so I essentially grew up here and went back to visit NC in the summer occasionally.
Moving around so much, I’ve cultivated an eclectic lifestyle, taking experiences from everywhere I’ve been and everyone I’ve come to know over time. This has helped me to have a very rounded perspective, which in turn helped me a lot with my creative pursuits.
I’ve always loved to draw – since I was very young, I would spend hours doodling above all else. Throughout the years I never got much into sports or anything like that, but I always knew I wanted to be doing something creative when I grew up whether it was music, illustration, or clothing design. Until about 3 to 4 years ago, I had been so wrapped up in every and anything else that I lost sight of the direction I had intended to go in for a time. I made half-hearted attempts at starting clothing lines and recording music but never applied myself like I knew that I could. Luckily, I found my way back and met my friend Cristian. He had already been making beats on FL studio for a couple of years and had no problem showing me the ropes. Once I got started there, I practiced making beats and learning more about music production as a whole, every day, for about two years. I loved every second of it, but I would often get frustrated because it didn’t come as naturally to me as I would have liked. Nonetheless, I understood that not everything can be too easy (even if it isn’t normally the case) so I continue to practice to this day.
I’ve always had friends who were making music so I would send beats out here and there for a feature. It wasn’t until about two years ago that I decided to try my hand at graphic design, making artwork for rappers I knew and concept art for bigger artists that weren’t quite as accessible. My friend Cristian helped me get started here as well, with an intro to Photoshop. Now, this did come quite easy. Contrary to the beats I had spent countless hours practicing, the first few pieces of artwork I had produced came out very good in my opinion. I’m very hard on myself when it comes to art, so this came as a surprise to me, but it fueled the fire, and I started busting out new pieces left and right. After I had a decent catalog, I created an Instagram account for my work, and the commissions started to come in. Since then, I’ve worked with many artists from Arizona, California, Florida, Kansas, and some other places. Social media has really helped me to reach an audience I didn’t expect would have any interest in what I do in the first place. Being the eclectic person I am, I’ve also started doing logo design as well as some website design and painting(with help from my friend Ianna). I plan on pursuing all of this and more so that I can take everything I do to new heights because the possibilities and opportunities are endless.
Please tell us about your art.
My art is very much for today’s audience, meaning everything is very modern and influenced by today’s culture. This isn’t to say I have any problem with branching out from that, but that’s definitely the direction I’m currently headed in.
I use Photoshop predominantly to make my artwork as well as a tablet and stylus for the illustrated pieces. I’m currently moving into illustrator for vectoring since I’ve started working on more logo and clothing design projects. Often, I use more than one program to complete a piece, bouncing it back and forth before coming to the final product. The next step is to take that even further to create mixed media projects, combining physical and digital art.
The simple answer to why I make artwork is because I love to do it. I’ve always been artistically inclined and have met many great people along the way who are also very artistic and inspire me to keep going and take it to the next level with new ideas and standards of quality, which often turns into great collaborations.
Art is always up for interpretation, so I’m not sure exactly what I want people to take away from mine. I just hope someone sees it and thinks it’s fire, to be honest. Then, if you make music or need a logo or something, hit me up to make some for you.
Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
The only advice I would have for other artists is not to become stagnant. The world around us is always developing so always be open to try/learn something new because you never know what you will find that you are better at then you thought you would be. This will also help you to elevate and make progress with whatever your creative endeavors are.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I’ve recently created an online portfolio/website (trying to be more professional). The website is designedbyte.com. I also have an Instagram for artwork @brkfste and a twitter @brkfste, which is more a mix of personal and artwork.
- Website: designedbyte.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/brkfste
- Twitter: twitter.com/brkfste
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