North Carolina, USA.
Mediums: Pencil, Pen, Paint, Digital
Favorite Quote: "I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me." - Philippians 4:13
Favorite Book: Save Me by Lisa Scottoline
Favorite Movies: Avengers, Tarzan, & Remember the Titans.
Kendrick Lamar © Jessica Riddell.
Kendrick Lamar is an upcoming hip-hop artist. He is one of my favorite rappers, so I decided to do a silhouette of him.
Born on May 30, 1996 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Jessica is currently a senior at Seventy-First High School, she will be taking AP Studio Art and Advanced Art IV during the second semester of the school year. She is a member of the National Art Honor Society and Young Expression. Young Expression is a club Jessica and her friend , Katelyn, started within their school. It is a club where artistic individuals with talents in art, music, poetry, dance, theatre, etc. can go and express themselves. Jessica has been exposed to art since she was very young, several types of artistic talent runs in her family. Visual art is something that she was exposed to as a young child, and has continued and progressed with over the years.
Please tell us about your first experience creating.
I was really young, I've been exposed to art since I was a baby because of my family. My dad always did wood work around me when I was young, and my grandmother painted. I would be given paper and would just draw, and draw, and draw.
What music do you like to have playing while creating art?
Daddy Yankee, Pitbull, Don Omar, Kendrick Lamar, B.o.B, J. Cole.
Julio Jones © Jessica Riddell.
This was created for a former teacher of mine, Ms. Coleman. She is a huge Atlanta Falcons fan and her favorite player is Julio Jones. I did a silhouette of Julio Jones and wrapped it and sent it to her as a Christmas gift. She opened it on Christmas day and took a picture of it. She posted the picture on Twitter and tagged Julio Jones in it, his verified account. He saw it and retweeted her tweet of the picture.
What are you trying to convey to viewers through your art?
Things about me, sometimes, like literally about me or things I like or feel. Other times, there could be an actual message in my artwork. Like my "World Cup" painting. I had to do a project in my Art III class that portrayed several cultures working together for the same common goal. Soccer is a very diverse sport and everyone is competing for the love of the game and for the trophy.
Tell us about your creative process, from the beginning of a typical piece to its completion:
Each piece has a different process. My "World Cup" painting started with a blank canvas. I added a circle to the middle of the canvas then I started working on the soccer ball that would be in the center of the painting and the circle. The soccer ball is made up from maps and pictures. I cut each piece out and formed a soccer ball. the four silhouettes of soccer players in each corner portray different positions and people. There are some team's logos and the time they were founded around the circle. After the logos and dates, I painted the rest of the canvas blue and added the white splatter on the silhouettes.
What things inspire you to create art?
Other art, my fans, my friends & family. I get inspiration and ideas from each and I become a better artist through them.
The Tiger © Jessica Riddell.
I love tigers. They are one of my favorite animals, and they are so beautiful. I feel like they are the king of the jungle, not the lion. Lions live in the savannah, not the jungle. I love lions too though!
What exhibitions have you had?
My artwork has been displayed in several areas in my school, Seventy-First High School. My artwork has also been exhibited at The Arts Council in Fayetteville, NC.
Have you sold any of your artworks?
Yes. At my school, they held an art auction for two years. 2011 & 2012. Several pieces of my work were in, and sold, in both.
How do you promote your art on the internet?
I have a Facebook, a website, a Instagram, a Tumblr, a Twitter, and a Google+. I post my most recent artworks up, and I sometimes explain how each piece came to be. I use YouTube sometimes for slideshow videos of my artworkslideshow videos of my artwork, like my video "Recap of 2013".
Barack Obama © Jessica Riddell.
Our president, I just decided to do a silhouette of him.
Tell us about influences.
My biggest influence would be Coach Mac. He was my art teacher during my sophomore year of high school. He taught me a lot of the techniques I use to this day.
Please recommend another artist you admire, and tell us a little about them:
Khalil Coleman. I have known him since middle school, and we now go to high school together. He is an amazing artist, very talented! We often have the same art classes together. He is also a member of the National Art Honor Society.
Tell us something interesting in your life.
I used to live in Germany, I lived there for three years. I started school here as well. I have also traveled to Paris, France.
World Cup © Jessica Riddell
In my Art III class, we had to do a project the portrayed several cultures coming together. My "World Cup" painting started with a blank canvas. I added a circle to the middle of the canvas then I started working on the soccer ball that would be in the center of the painting and the circle. The soccer ball is made up from maps and pictures. I cut each piece out and formed a soccer ball. the four silhouettes of soccer players in each corner portray different positions and people. There are some team's logos and the time they were founded around the circle. After the logos and dates, I painted the rest of the canvas blue and added the white splatter on the silhouettes.
Do you have an embarrassing moment in your life?
Not really, just some silly stuff I've done through soccer. Like tripping on the ball in front of a bunch of people, I'm still not sure how that happened haha.
If you could live your life over again, would there be anything you would do differently?
No, I am content with he way things are. If I were to change one thing in my past, my present could end up extremely different. I don't want any changes.
What plans do you have for the future of your art?
As for upcoming artwork: I am currently working on a Jesus silhouette painting. As for the future: I plan on going to college to become a Graphic Designer. Then later, maybe becoming an art teacher. I want to use my artistic talents to help others.
Do you have any good advice for emerging artists?
Visual Arts is a very competitive field, but never give up. Chase your dreams until they become reality. Never change your style just because someone wants you to, stick with what YOU want, art is SELF expression.
North Carolina, USA.
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