200TH FEATURED ARTIST: Interview with Argentina Artist, Jorge Luis Miraldo a.k.a Shorsh

Jorge Luis Miraldo

Illustrator | 35 | Buenos Aires, Argentina

@shorsh | www.shorsh.com
We are honored to have, Jorge Luis Miraldo aka Shorsh, as our Featured Artist, he is an amazing artist, one of our all time favorites we’ve come across, we saved him for the 200th feature, we hop you enjoy his art and amazing use of color as much as we do, make sure to check out his Instagram and while your there hit that follow button to support a fellow artist of our community!

How long have you been an artist? What is your specialty? Where do u find inspiration?
I love to draw and paint since I was a little kid, that passion for creating images took earlyin life to study illustration and photography and later on I started working as an art director in the advertising industry. My speciality is illustration, 3D and photo-manipulation.

Anything that I feel connected with could be inspiring for me. I like to stay close to museums, to the work of other artists. I can mention a plethora of inspiring masters, from the most popular to some of my own friends. To say some: Bosch, Patinir, Salvador Dali, René Magritte, Joaquín Sorolla, Cándido López, Berni and Xul Solar are some of my favorite painters. Moebius, Charles Burns and Miyazaki some of the illustrators I admire the most.

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?
Although I’m known more for my work as a digital artist, I also like to paint with traditional media and sold some of that corpus of works, but I don’t have a job in the art industry, and I wouldn’t find it interesting. I enjoy art as a recreational activity, a place for me to experiment an explore. I love to attend to art shows, I’m an affiliate friend of the National Museum of Fine Arts here in Buenos Aires, I like to be part of it, to study art history and enjoy all the itinerant art shows along the year. I don’t like the snobbish part, the circle of private art galleries and their particular way to shape how art should be according to the market.

For me the best job is the one I already have. Being an illustrator is what i always wanted to be and also gives me the space and freedom I need to experiment withthe image and its creation process.

Do you have a favorite Artist?
Salvador Dalí

What is one accomplishment you’ve had in your life? Does not need to be art related.
Switching to a freelance career about ten years ago was a huge challenge, that fortunately came out very well. Back then it was all a dream for me, to be able to manage my time and to dedicate more of it to illustration projects, and I decided to pursue it.

Before that, I worked on different advertising agencies as a creative, for small and huge clients. I learned a lot from those days, but I found it wasn’t exactly what I wanted for my life. I got involved in so much stuff that I didn’t had time for anything more than work, and most of that work had nothing to do with making great images. So back in 2010 I gathered some courage and threw myself to the adventure of a freelance career in the hope of being able to make a living and find some time for personal projects, specially to illustrate. Fortunately it worked, and today I continue to art direct different campaigns and stuff from my studio while I’m also able to develop as an illustrator, enjoying quality time while working. In 2016, I started to use Instagram (@Shorsh) to share some of my daily experiments with images, and since then I’ve been able not only to improve my skills, but also to work on amazing projects for other artists, most of them musicians, and companies. I love what I’ve been doing lately.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years?
In five years, I’ll probably be more consolidated in what I’m currently doing. I’m constantly studying and experimenting with images and I think this will still take me to amazingly unexpected places.

In ten years I’d love to move my studio away from home.

And in twenty I hope to have a couple of master pieces and some big solo art shows under my belt 😉

If you could meet and talk to any person in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?
I would love to talk to Joaquín Sorolla while seeing him paint.

How is one way you make money with your art?
There are several ways, but amongst selling prints

If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
Amsterdam in summer, I’ve been there three times and had a great time. It’s a place that makes me happy.

What is your favorite brand of art supply? Whether it’s a brand of pencils or brand of camera or software
In pencils and pens is Lamy
In watercolors is Holbein
In photography is Leica
In hardware is Apple
In software there two: Adobe and Maxon,
And perhaps Savage’s Procreate on iPad which is an app I use a lot to sketch things.

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Any advice for younger artists?
Be curious about ideas, always follow the path of your curiosity. Hear that voice because it will take you to unthinkable places, places you’ll love to be and that will make you feel better with your work and yourself. You’ll learn a lot of interesting stuff that you’ll be able to apply on what you do on a daily basis and that will make you grow over time in the things you love. Make tons of personal projects and have fun.

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