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Meet Jaime Ugarte

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jaime Ugarte.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was born and raised in Mexico City. I learned to be tenacious from everyone in my family, particularly my parents. They never gave up in the face of adversity, and that has stuck with me until today. After finishing high school, I moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, where I attended the Vancouver Film School for various programs. I knew I was interested in the entertainment industry, but I didn’t know what I wanted specifically. After my year at the Foundation of Visual Arts, I decided to move into Classical Animation. That’s where I discovered it was a very difficult art and an even harder industry. I worked freelance and in a studio, but I decided it was not for me. So, I went back home to Mexico City, where I focused on finding my true love. That’s where I discovered The Yetee, a company that combined my two loves, Video Games & Merchandise. I started creating submissions for the site until I finally got something printed. It was during that time that I discovered my true style and what I wanted to do. It’s up until today that I still create merchandise that is video game related. My actual job, as well as freelancing, is as an Assistant Graphic Designer at IGN. It may be an unconventional road, but I feel like I finally found my right place in this crazy world.

Please tell us about your art.
One of my main inspirations is my family. In particular, my Grandma who recently passed away. She used to be very artistic, and I still remember her spending time with me creating my t-shirts with some old school paints. It’s a loving memory. I will never forget and keep forever. It was that joy during my childhood. That is why I chose to create a happy looking artwork that ignites precious memories. It may look simple, but sometimes less is more. It also helps me think and break down something into its purest form. In the end I hope people look at it and smile. It all comes to making other people as happy as my Grandma made me.

Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
The hardest lesson I learned is this is a tough and very personal business. You gotta treat people like human beings. You can’t just go around hurting people, because it’s also all about collaboration. People are different, and that’s what makes this industry a lot better. If we were all the same, it would be very boring. So, never feel like you might be alone, there are plenty of people that are going through the same thing as you. Just be brave, and keep moving forward. And if it becomes too much, stop and take some time for yourself. It will help you relax and get even more creative than you thought!

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
People can follow me on twitter @haimeh_ugarte. They can also check out theyetee.com where a lot of my work gets printed on or at my store bit.ly/jaimeteepublic.

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Image Credit:
All art drawn by Jaime Ugarte. Characters owned by their respective companies.

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