TEXAS ARTIST, OSEF tells us about the creative process, past trauma which have influences pieces of work, which is why Osef is of donating to Child Sexual Abuse.
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HIGH PRIESTESS / ink and grey-scale markers on 8x10
A bit about yourself? What you do where you’re from?
My name is Osef and I am an artist from Fort Worth, Texas.
How long have you be illustrating?
I have been creative for as long as I can remember but really started taking my art seriously around 2012.
Where did you learn these skills?
Primarily self-taught, never had any formal education for art. Most of it comes from trial and error and help from other artist friends. I just get after it with whatever I have at my disposal.
What do you like to illustrate most?
I love drawing women, hands, eyes, and hearts. I have no specific reason why but those subjects seem to stay consistent in my work.
Do you put your life experiences in your pieces?
Absolutely. I put heartache, love, trauma, fear, insecurities, anxiety, all into my art. It's readily available and is always apart of me.
SPIT (YOU) OUT / Ink on 12x9 bristol paper
How do you know when to not go to far on an illustration?
I think I'm satisfied with the message or emotion I'm trying to convey has been said in the way I feel is just right. When I find myself wanting to add to the piece or overcrowding it with nonsense that takes away from the message or narrative as the main focus or without accentuating it, then it's probably done. There's been many times where I've had to put a piece out of my sight as to not mess with it any more.
What inspired you to donate to Child Sexual Abuse Prevention?
I am a child of abuse. It's something that has taken me a very long time to not necessarily "get over" but to accept that it is apart of me. I've done a lot of things not only to myself but to the ones I've loved that I'm not proud of because I held in these traumatic events for so long and didn't sort them out. I want children to be safe and to not have to go through what I've gone through and if they have, I wish to empower them to speak to someone they can trust or be able to go to someone who will listen. I think that it takes a tremendous amount of courage to do so and I think a little help can do that for them.
DISARM / Ink and sharpie on 5x7
Do you add symbolism in your pieces?
A lot of my work is very nonlinear and not straight forward. Even the gesture of a hand in a certain way to project an emotional pull is symbolism to me. So some of it jumps out at people and they connect with it. Others are just for me and sort of sits hidden in plain sight.
How do you want people to feel when looking at your pieces?
I would hope that ANY type of emotion is a good indication that I've done my part as artist. But primarily I hope that they can relate on some level.
Do you do it digitally or on canvas?
All of my work is done traditionally with my own hands. Either on paper, wood, canvas or whatever.
Why do you like to use sharpies?
Aside from using ink pens(Microns, Faber Castell, etc) sharpies allow me to use other mediums that the ink would hold up on. They offer a different challenge of control and dexterity from regular ink pens. They're cheap and available just about any where. I can walk to the corner store or gas station and pick up a few markers without having to make a trip to an art supply store or wait if I ordered them online.
"I WANT CHILDREN TO BE SAFE AND TO NOT HAVE TO GO THROUGH WHAT I'VE GONE THROUGH...IF THEY HAVE, I WISH TO EMPOWER THEM TO SPEAK TO SOMEONE THEY CAN TRUST OR SOMEONE WHO WILL LISTEN."
Have you donated to other charity’s?
I have donated to MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) and have done a few charity shows to help fund and give art supplies to schools whose art programs were struggling/lacking with funding.
Why do you feel it’s important to donate?
I've worked allot on myself over the past few years and now I'm at a place where I'm able to extend that effort to try to make the world a better place.
What is the art industry like around your location? Collaborative?
The Fort Worth art scene is a great and supportive community. There is a great deal of people doing a range of different things with art. Great shows throughout the city along with some galleries and more coming up all the time. I've done some collaborative art shows and have some art work along side many other local artists at the FWCAC (Fort Worth Community Arts Center). There are 10 or more collectives that are showing there at this time. Shout out to House of Iconoclasts.
What do you find the hardest as an illustrator?
I would say just trying to get some sort of consistent freelance work or push sell art in general is pretty tough sometimes. For me, the act of creating and working is no problem. Never any artist's block on my end.
EMPTY, LIKE YOU / Ink and acrylic on 8x10 bristol paper
What do you love about being an illustrator?
The love for creating. Creating something that never existed other than in my head and putting it on paper, canvas, a sticker, or on a wall, whatever it is just getting to work and hustling to get it done the way I see fit. That alone is so very rewarding to me.
Where can people buy your pieces?
You can buy originals and prints at osefillustration.bigcartel.com