Today we’d like to introduce you to Jasmine Dianne Romero.
Jasmine Dianne, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
My love of art began as a child when I’d bug my siblings to draw anything I liked for me. Eventually they told me to do it myself, and I did. I was captivated by bright colors, people of all sizes, pretty notebooks, patterns, anything that had an offbeat charm or flair. Art, to me, is magic. My favorite thing to draw is people. I’ve been illustrating for years now, but in my recent years I dabbled with other creative hobbies such as painting, graphic design, photography, videography, poetry and collage. My personal art was put aside as I ventured into music photojournalism while I attended Florida International University in Miami from 2013-2016.
I had a lot of fun attending music shows, working as a Multimedia Editor and radio DJ, but I couldn’t help but express my creativity through small zines and photography. I did a lot of documentary work with local bands and even music videos with some of my best friends, award-winning filmmakers Junette Reyes and Omar Alexandre. After graduating, I decided to bring the focus back to my personal artistic endeavors in design, collage and illustration.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
In almost every medium, I strive to capture something enchanting, moving, even ethereal or magical. I’ve always been inspired by and passionate about the otherworldly. Colors, music, shapes and words drive me. I want to make work that reflects my sense for wonder. As a graphic designer, I use my illustration skills to create whimsical, fun work. I often strive to create works that balance a vintage and modern feel. I strive to create poetic, thought-provoking images – with slight influence from pop art.
Many of my line drawings are based in humor or a sort of self-aware culture. Common themes include love, pain, growth, beauty or transformation. These concepts apply to my collages as well. My collages are definitely more for self-exploration and experimentation, but they are also another way to mold and discover abstract portraits. Again, I seek to reflect and recreate the people I am fascinated by through collage. I try to stitch together a personality or intimate moment using magazine scraps or other everyday objects. My art seeks to emphasize a warm humanity.
Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
I would say, in all honesty… listen to your intuition. Don’t belittle it. Don’t second guess yourself. If you dig something, give it a shot. It’s good to be practical, but don’t sacrifice who you are for it. Balance practicality with bouts of whimsy. It’s okay to be afraid, but if you overcome fear – or, rather, work with your fear – collaborate with it – you’ll come out a better person for it. You will always grow. You will always get better as long as you want to.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can see my work on my website planvee.me or on my Instagram, plan__vee. If you’d like to see my art shop, and support me directly, you can visit planvee on Threadless.
- Website: http://www.planvee.me/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: plan__vee
- Other: https://planvee.threadless.com/
“Serenity” collage created with a photo by Lane Lang used with permission.
Junette Reyes for my personal photo