Student Artist: Yasmin Y. Bautista
June 26, 2020
Pre-Major: Fine Arts
Why did you choose NVC and what do you like about it?
I was told it was the best Alamo college to attend if I was interested in the arts, which I sure am, so I consider myself very lucky since it's the shortest commute compared to the other colleges. I love the lake and flora and fauna that are around here, the differences in aesthetics of different buildings, and have had splendid experiences with all of my professors here so far.
Describe your background. What made you decide to be an artist?
Art started as a hobby very early on, it was a great outlet for being bored or buzzed with ideas and I thought it was nice to be known as that "one art kid". Eventually though, I realized that art meant more to me than doodles on a worksheet, considering the amount of time and energy I was spending into developing and creating my works. Art is a telling personal expression in my opinion, and with the mass amounts of art in the world, I'd like to be part of that expression creating community. I'm just one version of an artist in sea of ever growing creators, but I'm my own version of an artist, and if I can, I hope I can share some of the inspiration and amazement that I felt in art to someone else.
Which classes or faculty members impacted your work and your life?
I've had many splendid professors, but I think my time in Art Appreciation with Dr. Andra Ramirez and Humanities with Professor Dain Zachery where especially inspiring in my views of humanity and history of humanities creations. Their energy and the class topics where always so cool and new to me, I left classes feeling invigorated and informed with miscellaneous knowledge I hadn't before known. Their courses and presentation of them gave me new appreciations for the various forms of art in the world and in history, and that fuels my excitement for the modern evolutions of art, of my evolution of art, and their current and future impacts and interpretations, and I'm forever grateful for that.
Describe your work’s concept, aesthetic, and your process of making it.
My style of art and theme focus is very dependent on what inspires me at the moment, be it a piece of media, music, a concept, art around me, or my own emotions. Some days I'm feeling a warm palette with a painted look, perhaps semi-realistic but still stylized, other days I may wanna focus on line work and a more cartoon-like style, perhaps I want shape and gesture to be the focus, maybe lighting or a story, who knows. Because of this, I personally don't think I have a single consistent style or aesthetic, but I hope with each piece I make there's always that piece of me in that moment in time in creating it. Art is an experience after all.
I tend to work on one piece on and off to completion or at least till the jist of my inspiration and motivation is jotted down in it. If I'm not feeling that piece anymore, I'll put it aside and work on the next, can't get stuck in one place after all. Always got to have music or some type of background noise playing as it's a big factor in my focus. I'm very much a 'go with the flow' type of artist with personal works, because not every piece comes out as planned, sometimes an intended sketch turns into a full rendered piece, cell shading turns into a painting, big plans remain sketches.
Which artists inspire and/or influence you the most and why?
I don't really have specific artists that inspire me, let alone names that aren't screen names. Besides music, I tend to get the majority of my influence and inspiration from tons of online creators who share their works, always have since I was a kid(Flipnote Hatena was my origins). Anatomy, gesture, concepts, feelings, coloring, style, all of it is a mass collection of influences and interpretations over the years from my time online. Just like I don't have a single style, I don't have a single type of influence. We're very lucky to have such a mass amount of art diversity readily at our access, so I take that advantage of that and run with it, sharing my own works as well when I can.
What kind of plans do you have set for your future as an artist? Are you planning to pursue a Bachelor's degree?
If I do continue my education past an associate's it may be a Bachelor's in Fine Arts at UTSA, or some other illustration degree in another state. As for now, I'd like to see what I can learn on my own and in the world outside of school, with an associate's and best hopes.