Today we’d like to introduce you to J Salvador.
J, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I moved to LA in 2008 and delved into the Art scene with hopes of finding an audience for my work. La Luz De Jesus, Copro, The Hive Gallery, and Gallery 1988 were my first stops and my work was accepted into various group shows. Then in 2012, friends suggested I try showing and selling my work at comic conventions. I shared a few tables and quickly realized I should get my own. Wondercon 2013 in Anaheim was the most successful event of my career as an artist and I promptly quick my day job and put 100% of my efforts into my work. Today I am still selling out at conventions and collaborating with licensors to create products based on my work.
Has it been a smooth road?
The road has been slow but steady. I have been lucky to find moderate success with plenty of eating and sleeping so I cannot account for much of a struggle. Although it did take me many years to find a concept that I enjoyed working with that could pay the bills. I delved into comics, web design, animation and even video games looking for my thing, but once SuperEmoFriends clicked, I was ready to stay.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with SuperEmoFriends – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Basically, I’m a painter and my main subject is an ironic tragedy in popular culture. My first piece is a mockery of Batman, the dark foreboding antihero but in my depiction, he is diminutive with a huge head and a sad face. He is on a solid bright yellow background and below him the words “My parents are dead”. This image took the brave hero and turned him into a sad weakling. It was both sad and funny and this feeling could be found in other super heroes. My work is primarily satirical and inflated with film criticisms and sarcastic remarks on fictional characters.
The paintings are scanned, printed, and framed in 5×7 format. These framed prints are my main product but I’ve also found success in t-shirts, posters, and now toys. I could say, my emotions are what set my work apart. So many depictions of characters in media and product design lack any emotion beyond the plastic smiles and agro machismo.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love the weather and the food in our city. What I like least is the lack of respect for our land.