Our incredibly talented Art Director Brandon Jaime has an interesting story to tell. From his favorite artist, to where he draws inspiration for his work, get to know Brandon.
When did you first start gaining an interest in art/design and why?
I’ve always been creative as long as I can remember, drawing, sketching, and taking pictures as a child. But it was traveling to Europe in my teens and twenties that opened my eyes to the world of art and design. Seeing the works of the masters from various art movements made me fall in love with all styles of art. They showed me that I didn’t have to only be a painter or a designer or a photographer, etc., I could be all of them.
What sort of art are you most attracted to and why?
With paintings, my favorite styles are Impressionism, Abstract, and Pop Art. They have that “anything goes” attitude for both subject and colors. For architecture, it is definitely Art Deco. The bold shapes and the machine look are what do it for me. With photography, my favorite style would be black and white candid portraits. Something about capturing the true emotion of a person.
Who is your favorite artist and why?
Claude Monet. The guy basically started the French Impressionist movement. I love his style of art, being more about the light and how it effects the objects he is painting. Also the fact that even as he was going blind with cataracts he was still doing what he loved to do. A close second would be DaVinci. As a renaissance man, he inspires me to do more.
Where do you look for inspiration? Websites? Museums? Everyday life?
Everywhere! From my family, to the music I listen to, the books I read, the shows I watch and the websites I visit. Inspiration is all around us.
I listen to anything from classical to hip hop and in between. Check out my spotify 🙂 We’re Jamming.
Here is a small list of the creative websites I visit routinely for inspiration: Abduzeedo.com, DarkRoastedBlend.com, KoiKoiKoi.com, Booooooom.com, ffffound.com, Designboom.com, ThisIsColossal.com, Streetsy.com, SmokingDesigners.com, Tumblr.com I also love going to museums. The Getty is my favorite. It’s so inspiring to see the works of artists and to know the kind of blood, sweat, and tears they put in to make something so great.
What is your favorite period in art history and why?
The Abstract period. They really began to push the limits of art during this time. It was taking the subject completely apart, down to the basic shapes and reimagining it in a whole new perspective. The art became more about the artist and their interpretation, than the subject that was being painted.
What is the best life lesson you’ve learned through art?
Have patience. Don’t quit when it looks bad, because you never know how it will turn out in the end. Have courage. Do not be afraid to express yourself. Be passionate towards something you love.
Where can we see more of your stuff? Website? Publications?
I am in the process of building my new website, you can check out my work here RadBrandonCreative.com I also love taking photos so you can check out my shots on Instagram.
What’s your personal favorite moment as an artist?
Selling my favorite piece of art in a gallery to an anonymous buyer. It was a collaged art piece embedded with military images, uniforms, and flags from my time in the Army. I only ever thought it would be meaningful to me, but to know someone bought it and might have it hanging up in their home makes me happy.
In your opinion, what’s the next big thing in design?
BASICS! I think we are going to see a back to basics looks. Geometric shapes, patterns and subtle colors.
MULTIDISCIPLINARY. Nobody wants just a photographer or just a designer who specializes in one style, they want the creative who knows how to do it all.
STYLE RECYCLE. It looks like the design of the future is a merger of the 70s, 80s and 90s. People want to see that classic look, modernized.