Artist Interview – Jordan Clark

Who are you and what do you do?
My identify is Jordan Clark and I’m a multimedia artist and illustrator! I began sharing my art on the internet over 5 decades back and grew an viewers by generating artwork tutorials on Youtube. I afterwards opened a business advertising my individual illustrated stickers and stationery on-line. I have given that stepped again from functioning my company and I am now performing on producing new expertise as an artist and having my perform in a distinctive route.

How and when did you get into artwork?
I experience like artwork has generally been a element of my lifestyle. I grew up obsessed with arts and crafts from a really young age, thanks to my mother who continually inspired my creativeness. As a teen I begun a weblog to share my operate and connect with a group of other artists that I couldn’t have identified in my modest town. I then made a decision to review artwork in college and put in four many years having courses on style, drawing, and images.

How has your apply changed in excess of time?
My follow is regularly evolving. I’ve by no means been a person to adhere to a single medium! As a teenager, I planned to use my innovative skills to develop into a graphic designer. I liked digital illustration and pictures and spent a great deal of time functioning on my laptop or computer, which also translated nicely into creating movies on Youtube. Though I hardly ever really became a graphic designer, all the abilities I uncovered contributed to the success of my on-line organization. In the current years I’ve been extra fascinated in having my hands messy and earning actual physical art. I’m at present operating with classic media and expend most of my time practising with paint, pastels, and graphite.

What is the greatest piece of art guidance you’ve been specified?
My favorite artist on Youtube, Sandi Hester, has this mantra: “all the lousy goes into the good”. I’m continually reminding myself of this—that you should make “bad” artwork right before you can make “good” artwork! This has fundamentally adjusted the way I exhibit up everyday. I allow myself to build like a youngster would, by actively playing and experimenting and not judging what I make. Some of my preferred perform has come from this exploratory way of thinking. It is a easy concept, but I think the dread of producing some thing “bad” is what stops most people from ever making an attempt to make artwork in the initial place.

What is one art idea/strategy you can share with us that you discover genuinely practical?
Make art every single working day. It appears truly fundamental, but this is critical to acquiring your way as any variety of artist. The only way you will develop a distinctive type, strengthen your techniques, or obtain inspiration is by demonstrating up persistently to do the work.

What is your most loved Strathmore paper?
I’m continuously utilizing the Strathmore 400 collection drawing paper. I appreciate the a little toothy texture and the product coloured paper is my preferred to perform on! Even even though it’s intended for dry mediums, I nonetheless use it with wet mediums due to the fact I love how tactile the paper gets as it warps with different components (and it’s often fun to use art supplies the “wrong” way).

Want to study far more from Jordan?
Jordan’s Absolutely free On the internet Workshop, Art Journaling 101, releases on November 7, 2022! You can stick to along in the on the web classroom as she guides you by way of 4 classes. Every single tutorial will come with a downloadable instruction sheet and a total-duration movie lesson.

Mark your calendars and abide by alongside right here.