Creating a name in the visual arts industry in the Philippines or any parts of the world may really be a tough one. In this month’s A Convo with You, we will present to you our very first visual artist/ illustrator feature, JC Peñaflorida, or best known as “littlespaceboi” on the World Wide Web.
Let us now discover on how an artist’s small world creates a greater scene for JC’s growing name in the art industry of the country and soon to be the world.
Conversations of Us: Hi JC, tell us more about yourself, especially on where you first found your passion in creating art and also what is your art style now?
JC Peñaflorida: Hi! I’m the youngest among our family of artists. As far as I can remember, I’ve been doing art since I was 5 years old, it was that time when I was watching my eldest brother draw these super cool creatures that lead me to create my own. It sucked. But, I loved it haha! When I was still young my mom used to create these cute and colorful drawings. She was the first person who taught me how to use several types of colors to create this dimension in your drawing. When I was in high school I started drawing female portraits and it was then that I realized and told myself that “Okay, this is me, this is what I love to do.”
My art style is dark but in a subtle way. Though it might seem hard to see since I always draw female portraits, it is because I always find this beauty in corruption (not in a political way of course haha.) Most of the time I draw what I feel inside together with some plants as it represent being lost along the way.
CoU: What or who are your inspirations in each illustration you create?
JC: My inspirations probably came from people who tells something with their eyes. There is always something with people’s eyes that I tend to focus on, rather than the stories that they are telling. But don’t get me wrong I am a good listener too, it’s just that sometimes being lost with someone’s words makes everything different from what they are trying to say.
CoU: What is the biggest challenge you think an artist or even yourself encounters?
JC:The biggest challenge for me being an artist is building up my name, getting myself known all over the world through my works.
CoU: How could you personally relate to your works?
JC: I’m that kind of person who’s just like the mirror, what you see is what you get. Though it’s kind of ironic, because I don’t show it obviously since I don’t want to be a downer when it comes to whom I’m talking to. That’s one of the purposes of the plants that I put in most of my illustrations, since it can actually balance the emotion that the character shows so that it won’t just give you this feeling of loneliness.
CoU: What other art form/s do you want to discover?
JC: Sculpture! I really find it hard to do sculpting I tried making one with Aphrodite of Cnidus as my reference but then it looked like medusa having a diarrhea.
CoU: Who is your favourite artist and what is your favourite artwork?
JC: I have tons of favourite artist but I’ll name a few, my Mom Mayi Peñaflorida , my eldest brother Tokwa Peñaflorida , Soey Milk, Ray Castelo, Kay Aranzanso, Junji Ito, Shintaro Kago.
My all-time favourite art work is the Nymphs and Satyr by William-Adolph Bouguereau.
CoU: What would your dream collaboration be like? And with whom?
JC: My dream collaboration would be with someone whose work is really the opposite of what I’m doing.
CoU: If you could travel with your artworks, what city or country would you take those?
JC: New York! I always dream of having a solo show somewhere in New York or Japan or Germany ahhh I just want to have an exhibit all over the world!
CoU: What’s your dream that you want to achieve through the art that you create?
JC: I always have this fascination over people leaving traces of them in some parts of the world and the story of Pandora’s Box. So if I have the money I’d travel the world and bury some of my works in a personalized box so that in the future I can achieve the idea of being immortal. (I just hope people will have this project and name it as Pandora’s Box.)
CoU: Give us a quote or saying that inspires you to move forward and continue becoming the artist that you are now.
JC: Get excited in doing things you don’t normally do.
Want to see more of JC’s work? You may visit him on these sites: