FEATURED ARTIST: Interview with Bermuda Artist, Jahdai Burgess

We are happy to have, Jahdai Burgess, as today’s Featured Artist, a young, but super talented artist that has some really cool anime/manga drawings that we think you” enjoy as much as we did. Make sure to check out Jahdai’s page and click that follow button, hook a fellow artist up!

Find Jahdai: Instagram – @daiirich / www.patreon.com/DaiRich

How old are you?

Where are you from?

How long have you been an artist? What is your specialty? Where do u find inspiration?
I’ve been taking art seriously since around May or June ish of 2017, but I’ve been drawing for fun or to pass time since the age of 5 or something, I’m not 100% sure. I’m not sure what my specialty would be as of now, one thing I really enjoy and pride myself at is character design. And for my inspiration, well I don’t have any particular inspiration, however the biggest one would have to be “Manga” as a whole; the aesthetic of manga, the individuality, the storytelling and art, those are all things that i use in my own work.

Do you have a job in the art industry? If So, what’s one thing you don’t like about it? If no, where would your dream job be?
I currently do not have a job in the industry, aside from a small amount of random commissions. However a job that i’m working towards currently is being a comic/manga artist. I want to work on both “comics” and “Manga” respectively, more so manga however. I’m also open to other artist jobs in the future, id like to work on game art design and maybe even animation.

Do you have a favorite Artist?
I don’t have a particular favorite artist, but the first artist that popped in to my head reading this was an artist that goes by “@chingyeh005” on Instagram, I always like to see his art on my feed. “Posuka Demizu” is another artist I really like, there are many more but I don’t remember their names.

What is one accomplishment you’ve had in your life? Does not need to be art related.
Honestly i’m really young and everything that could be called an “accomplishment” to me just doesn’t seem so great to me, it sounds boring but I don’t know what I should put here. Hopefully in the near future I will have some things that I can proudly call “accomplishments”.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years?
In 5 years i see myself having released the first volume of my comic/manga series and working on more. In 10 years hopefully my series will get worldwide acknowledgement, maybe ill start my own business as well. I also want to create a successful clothing brand and travel the world. In 20 years hopefully ill be working on separate projects, maybe animation and game design, maybe something unexpected. I still want to keep traveling the world as I grow older and learn new things.

If you could meet and talk to any person in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?
This question took me a while, personally I wouldn’t really care to talk to anyone specific. But if I had to chose 1 person I might choose Jesus. If not Jesus then I assume I’d choose any dictators or famous war veterans or warriors, I’d like to know the type of way those people think and why they do what they do.

How is one way you make money with your art?
As of now commissions have been the only way.


If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
As of now it would be Japan, and not just because of their place in the art world and the inspiration I get from Japan, but their culture and country in general is really interesting and I would love to go there someday. But I want to explore all over the world too.

What is your favorite brand of art supply? Whether it’s a brand of pencils or brand of camera or software.
I guess that would be Sakura, for their Micron pens and their Koi watercolors.

Any advice for young artists?
Since I myself am young, I’ll just tell you how I feel about art and the journey I’ve had. One thing to remember as a beginner artist is that everyone learns differently and at a different pace. Some YouTube tutorials or things that people say would work may not work as good for you. Its up to you to be aware of yourself and your current level to be able to grow faster or at all. I’m self taught and self awareness is one of the main things that has helped me grow faster. Stop avoiding the things you find difficult and try them until they are no longer difficult, stop looking at other artists and comparing yourself to them. Everyone starts somewhere, and if you are serious about art as a career or something you want to do for a long time, then I suggest you actually take it seriously. What i mean by that is that you shouldn’t just do a doodle a day or a sketch, you should study art, study yourself, study what you want to do and how to do it. The quickest way to get better is to know why you are bad. The best way to learn is to stop asking people how to do things and to start figuring it out on your own.

One last thing, stop hating your own art, so much beginner artist compare themselves and hate what they make, that will only discourage you. I’m no professional though, and I don’t consider myself one yet.



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