Today we’d like to introduce you to Ashley Pimenta.
Ashley, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
It really all began from when I was a child taking my first art class in elementary school. Since a young age, I’ve been encouraged to be creative and take art classes. I suppose I really started drawing in the margins of my notes in class because it would help me focus. I never did well in school though, but as I got older, I became increasingly more involved with art. I quickly discovered that creative projects and assignments are what definitely helped me pass those classes, and it felt great. Drawing and creating were no longer activity or hobby, but something I loved to do all the time. I became attached, carrying a sketchbook with me constantly and doodling anything everywhere I went in middle school. This is where my appreciation for texture truly developed, I touched everything I could and loved the experience of it all. I began to see more patterns, complicated structures broken down into shapes, and have a deeper appreciation for not only art but design too. I began collecting paper, got into bookbinding, making comics, began creating zines, and creating as much as I possibly could with my limited materials and resources. I enjoyed it all, but always had this haunting thought of not having my own style yet, which was super frustrating because I enjoy many mediums.
I remember it not being enough in high school though, I kept drawing and creating but I wasn’t being challenged or growing. I soon began giving myself creative projects on top of the art classes and AP studio art. I eventually turned 18 and knew that art and design are incredibly fulfilling, so I ecstatically pursued to my further education at The Savannah College of Art and Design, where I studied Graphic Design and Advertising & Branding.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It’s been a wild road for sure, a lot of eraser marks and tears at first, but it’s a road absolutely worth taking. One of my truest struggles I’ve had as an artist so far was not knowing my own style. I didn’t want to stick to one medium and a lot of artists that inspired me did. Very confusing, I got lost in the sauce there for a minute but thankfully got out of that funk.
If I could give advice to a stellar young artist, it’s to just never give up and keep on exploring, grow your creativity because you will absolutely get better if you practice and have a positive mindset. Keep drawing, collect pictures or pages from magazines that inspire you, observe, explore, be curious, and keep it all safe in a folder or sketchbook.
It’s important to remember that art can be found everywhere around you too, especially now with this digital age, there’s a lot of similar content that’s being shared and produced, I think it potentially hinders creative diversity and that’s why you see a lot of the same stuff online. It’s okay to be inspired by others, but don’t forget to also motivate yourself and have fun with it because that’s really important. Keep on being curious, flexing your creativity, feeding your imagination, and you may just become the next Matisse or even create a completely new genre of art. Most importantly – have fun with it, that’s what it’s all about.
What should we know about Ashley Pimenta Design? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I have a BFA from SCAD in Graphic Design and Advertising & Branding and categorize myself as a visual designer and conceptual artist. I’m interested in a lot of mediums, but my illustration based style is an anatomical approach with clean line work. It all can be so difficult and disheartening drawing from observation, so I draw these confident punk monsters, that I’ve ultimately decided to call ‘Monster Anatomy’ with these common to uncommon insecurities that people tend to have, big hands for example, because I know for sure mine is proportion within the human anatomy. I’m confident of my capabilities though, and the kaleidoscopic perspective that I see the world in, I’ve come to appreciate that and have accepted that it’s totally okay to be different.
I would have to say that I’m known for loving texture, collecting paper, and making these tiny ‘bite-sized sketchbooks’ which is wild given the scale that I want to create now. This past year, I’ve been spray painting and practicing on these large surfaces because I’d love to paint a clean mural in Atlanta one day.
On a professional level, I love designing for companies and creating logos for them. I’m really looking forward to growing my design sensibilities though and expanding what I currently know over time.
Looking back on your childhood, what experiences do you feel played an important role in shaping the person you grew up to be?
For sure, since I was a child, my parents have always encouraged me to try my best and do what I love. My mum has always been supportive of me and is full of life, she’s taught me to live genuinely, do kind things, and live a purely creative life. We would doodle together and she’d help me create these seriously fun but complex creative projects all throughout primary school, each one was more intricate than the former and I loved it. My father balanced it out with the materials that I needed and helped me discover SCAD. He helped me brand myself and build my passion into a career that I absolutely love. My parents have played the largest role and I’m thankful for everything that they’ve helped me with and have provided me.
Even my friends have helped encourage me! All of my friends are creative in their own way and I just found that surrounding yourself with positive people, friends, art mentors, and family definitely can make a big difference. I’m entirely grateful for all of their support.
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