Today we’d like to introduce you to Jasslyn Cesario.
Hi Jasslyn, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Growing up, I was always the kid who doodled on their school papers, during lectures, on the back of a test, the desk, pretty much anything. Home life was stressful so I always looked forward to the art class school provided as an outlet. Middle school was probably when I realized I could actually draw and create anything if I really took the time. It made me excited to make something ‘pretty’. High school was really a tough time in my life with more family problems which reflected in my grades. Sewing & Art class really being my only escape, those four years I was really focused on perfecting my craft and absorbing as much information as I could to make my art better. I started to collect quality art materials (a good sketchbook & some ink liners) which for me was a big deal. Only a few people really knew I did art, I was very shy to show anyone what I made during those times but very proud to show those who were granted a peek. I graduated high school got kicked out of my house but decided to pursue business in college, of course my heart and mind wanted to be consumed by art so I took one art class. Working and going to school full time to pay for my bills were pretty difficult.
I really thought the only good thing about making my own money was finally being able to go to a real art store and buy good paint & real canvases or the random goodies I found. Everyday I came home from work or school, I stayed up and painted or drew in my black book. I started to get comfortable sharing my art so I started to post my art on social media. I painted a small piece inspired by some anime (Naruto) I was watching at the time. One of my followers on IG messaged me interested in purchasing it, I didn’t even consider myself an artist at the time so there was no way I would know what to charge someone. She was very sweet and we negotiated, I think I charged her like $20 or something hahaha she lives in Texas so I thought it was really cool someone would actually pay for something I made. After that, I consulted with some close friends to make sure I wasn’t crazy to charge people for paintings. I really looked at myself in a different light. I offered commissions online, painted random things I was influenced by at the time which was a lot of anime, women, bright colors. I still struggled with charging people money for art because I really felt like my art didn’t fit the standard wall art.
So I worked hard to fund all my art supplies. I started to expand my mediums and paint bigger canvases, wood boards, clothing. I wanted my clothes to match my art aesthetic so I expanded my brand into clothing which surprisingly sells way faster than any of my paintings. I gained more supporters and eventually had people asking me to have my art display in their dispensary, retail store or pop up party. This was a game changer for me, in my eyes I finally was apart of the art scene! I made a website, stickers, business cards, I really was excited to call myself an artist. I met my boyfriend Aldo while we were both dropping off art/ clothes at the same store. Aldo has supported my art in so many ways from business advice to genuine work for my business. He actually is the person who surprised me with my airbrush machine and supplies for me. So for the past couple of months, I have been really really enjoying creating with that. I’m now feeding myself off the income I make from my creations and that alone is so awesome. I’m very grateful for all my supporters and I hope to continue making cool stuff for everyone’s eyes to feast on.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Absolutely not, growing up I was focused on other things instead of what I liked to do. I am the oldest of 3 girls so a lot of my growing up involved taking care of my sisters, dealing with my parents being separated & not having a lot of money. I only had time to do art during school so that was difficult. I grew up in the mindset of ‘which job will I pursue so I can make the most money because doing things you like won’t make you money.’ A lot of the struggle is working/ going to school all day and then coming home and finding that inspiration to start/ finish that project that you know you have to do. For me as an artist, I can’t create under pressure or force creativity. To me if I don’t create no one will buy my work but If I don’t go to work I can’t support my art career. This is a loop I see myself stuck in constantly. Maybe when I start charging thousands for my art but until then… I do work part-time.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I call myself arttbaee because I do not limit myself to one medium. I specialize in making art you can feast your eyes on, anything I make you will want a piece of. I’m most known for making clothing for women, painting unique looking women, using bright and contrasting colors and making my customers feel/ look their best. So far, my most used mediums include Acrylic, Airbrush, body paint, clothing, digital media, gouache & graphite. I’m most proud of my airbrush pieces because they are pretty unique and mean a lot to me. It’s something I’ve always wanted to pursue. I’m glad everyone loves them as much as I do.
We’d love to hear about how you think about risk taking?
I’ve taken a lot of risks in my art career that have taught me a lot. I think the most important outcome from being a risk-taker is that you always learn a lesson. I would’ve been stuck with a business degree and debt if I wouldn’t have dropped out and pursued my art full time. I learned so much about running a business from being in the field and not behind a desk. I moved away from my home town to someplace where I don’t know anyone. Taking risks can really make or break you, it’s always the lesson you take from it in my opinion that matters the most. I can definitely say if I wouldn’t have taken any risks, I would not be where I am today.
- Airbrushed Full Hoodie $70.00
- Airbrushed Full 2 Piece Set $90.00
- Email: Jaznrsepaints@yahoo.com
- Website: arttbaee.com
- Instagram: Instagram.com/arttbaee
- Facebook: facebook.com/arttbaee
- Twitter: twitter.com/arttbaee
Isaac Cesareo for modeling