Alexis Ventura

The passion we want to pursue and the path we want to take on in our lives don’t always seem apparent at a young age. Some people may know it from the very start but it could also take time for others before they realize the dream they want to chase. We know this to be true hearing success stories of different individuals, such as the story of Alexis Ventura, Contributing Artist of Brew Your Best Year & founder of Ink Scribbler.

I used to think that you should see signs of your ‘passion’ as a kid, but now I know it can come from anywhere, at anytime. There is always something to learn.” Remember: we are all on different journeys. How it starts for one person may not be how it starts for you, but that’s the beauty of it- you make your own story, find out more about yourself, and discover new passions along the way. The important part is to stay open, and to keep growing in your capacity so that you are ready when the opportunities present themselves. Never stop learning!

Read all about her story as an artist and her thoughts on pursuing passions in this week’s Contributing Artist feature!


 

WHO IS SHE? Alexis Ventura

WHAT DOES SHE DO? Alexis is the 28-year-old founder and owner of Ink Scribbler, the first and only calligraphy design agency in the Philippines, and The Craft Central, a specialty store for arts and craft product.

1.Tell us about your story as an artist. How did you discover your love for art?

Growing up, I didn’t really think of myself as an artsy person. It’s actually a huge surprise to see myself doing art as a full-time job now. It started about 5 years ago, when I was simply looking for a new interesting hobby to try, to save myself from boredom. I tried calligraphy and kept on writing, until I felt it was time for me to pursue it. In the process, I also discovered watercoloring, lettering, and a whole world of creativity. I used to think that you should see signs of your ‘passion’ as a kid, but now I know it can come from anywhere, at anytime. There is always something to learn.

2. What kind of artist are you? Describe your style/niche and how has this changed through the years.

On a daily basis, I do watercolour, lettering, and calligraphy. It used to be very raw and organic. Over the years and with much practice, it is now more refined but still freehand.

3. What is the highlight of your practice so far?

So far, my greatest achievement is being able to shift from a freelancer into a full- fledged business owner. Working with a team opens new worlds—, allowings us to create more art more efficiently. I am blessed with a team of talented artists and staff. To be able to churn out beautiful works as a team is what moves the brand.

4. Where do you get inspiration?

My inspiration mostly comes from things I encounter on a daily basis. This ranges from ideas I consume through the internet, to random midnight reflections before sleeping. These are what inspires me to keep on creating, whether a painting, a handwritten artwork, or a new product.

5. What is your creative process like?

I like doodling and sketching anywhere and everywhere. I like thinking of new ideas, making mind maps, tables and charts. Apart from actually painting or doing calligraphy, brainstorming takes the biggest slice of my creative process.

6. Do you experience creative blocks? What do you do when this happens?

Thankfully, this doesn’t happen often. When it does, I ask my teammates to help. It really is a blessing to work with a team because I get feedback and suggestions.

7. How do you choose what artwork to create?

I write what speaks to me the most. I love bible verses that remind me of how great and good God is.

8. Who are some of the individuals you look up to in line with your craft?

Locally, I was first inspired by Fozzy Dayrit. She’s one of my sources of inspiration when I first started trying out calligraphy. Her dedication and discipline to the craft is inspiring. It is amusing to see her practice grow over the years.

9. What’s your favorite artwork that you’ve written/created?

So far, my favourite piece would be my calligraphy of Psalm 27:4. It’s quite a random piece that I did in transit. It wasn’t converted into a product or project, and I’m not sure where it is right now,. but I love it because I fully believe in the meaning of the words and I’m very attached to the verse. This is what I love most about calligraphy—, it’s an opportunity to share a message in a beautiful way.

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10. What kinds of challenges are an associated with your craft/job and how do you overcome them?

Perhaps the biggest challenge is self-doubt. A few months into pursuing the craft full-time, I came across a Facebook post bashing my works. It made me rethink what I was doing, and in that moment, I also honestly felt that my work wasn’t that good.

But I realized that that’s the blessing—: I’m given much more than what I deserve, and I should be grateful. Sometimes, we receive a hundred encouraging comments and one ugly remark. There’s no benefit in obsessing with that one remark, I should just challenge myself to become better at at my craft.

11. What are your biggest lessons as an artist?

Know your priorities and just focus on that. Let go of the little things, and ask for help when you need it.

12. What do you believe is an important factor in creating a good piece of art?

Art is something that is not tiring to look at. It’s very different per person. I like creating art with light themes—.something that is nice and easy, and won’t make you think or feel too much.

13. What advice can you give the community, especially emerging artists?

There may already be a lot of artists and enthusiasts delving into art, but try not to compare yourself too much. If you are determined, you can always make space for yourself. Just keep one doing what you do, frequently and relentlessly.

14. What is Brew Your Best Year to you and how has it inspired you as an artist?

For me, to Brew Your Best Year is to keep looking forward. As a creative, it means enjoying the moment and not losing enthusiasm for the small wins. Though I need to constantly push myself to be better, brewing takes time, and I also need to be patient with myself. So in the meantime, I just enjoy the process

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15. What is the highlight of your practice so far?

So far, my greatest achievement is being able to shift from a freelancer into a full- fledged business owner. Working with a team opens new worlds—, allowings us to create more art more efficiently. I am blessed with a team of talented artists and staff. To be able to churn out beautiful works as a team is what moves the brand.

16. Where do you get inspiration?

My inspiration mostly comes from things I encounter on a daily basis. This ranges from ideas I consume through the internet, to random midnight reflections before sleeping. These are what inspires me to keep on creating, whether a painting, a handwritten artwork, or a new product.

17. What is your creative process like?

I like doodling and sketching anywhere and everywhere. I like thinking of new ideas, making mind maps, tables and charts. Apart from actually painting or doing calligraphy, brainstorming takes the biggest slice of my creative process.

18. Do you experience creative blocks? What do you do when this happens?

Thankfully, this doesn’t happen often. When it does, I ask my teammates to help. It really is a blessing to work with a team because I get feedback and suggestions.

19. How do you choose what artwork to create?

I write what speaks to me the most. I love bible verses that remind me of how great and good God is.

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20. Who are some of the individuals you look up to in line with your craft?

Locally, I was first inspired by Fozzy Dayrit. She’s one of my sources of inspiration when I first started trying out calligraphy. Her dedication and discipline to the craft is inspiring. It is amusing to see her practice grow over the years.

21. What’s your favorite artwork that you’ve written/created?

So far, my favourite piece would be my calligraphy of Psalm 27:4. It’s quite a random piece that I did in transit. It wasn’t converted into a product or project, and I’m not sure where it is right now,. but I love it because I fully believe in the meaning of the words and I’m very attached to the verse. This is what I love most about calligraphy—, it’s an opportunity to share a message in a beautiful way.

22. What kinds of challenges are an associated with your craft/job and how do you overcome them?

Perhaps the biggest challenge is self-doubt. A few months into pursuing the craft full-time, I came across a Facebook post bashing my works. It made me rethink what I was doing, and in that moment, I also honestly felt that my work wasn’t that good.

But I realized that that’s the blessing—: I’m given much more than what I deserve, and I should be grateful. Sometimes, we receive a hundred encouraging comments and one ugly remark. There’s no benefit in obsessing with that one remark, I should just challenge myself to become better at at my craft.

23. What are your biggest lessons as an artist?

Know your priorities and just focus on that. Let go of the little things, and ask for help when you need it.

24. What do you believe is an important factor in creating a good piece of art?

Art is something that is not tiring to look at. It’s very different per person. I like creating art with light themes—.something that is nice and easy, and won’t make you think or feel too much.

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25. What advice can you give the community, especially emerging artists?

There may already be a lot of artists and enthusiasts delving into art, but try not to compare yourself too much. If you are determined, you can always make space for yourself. Just keep one doing what you do, frequently and relentlessly.

26. What is Brew Your Best Year to you and how has it inspired you as an artist?

For me, to Brew Your Best Year is to keep looking forward. As a creative, it means enjoying the moment and not losing enthusiasm for the small wins. Though I need to constantly push myself to be better, brewing takes time, and I also need to be patient with myself. So in the meantime, I just enjoy the process.

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