#ArtdropSpotlight | Jappy Agoncillo
Jappy has not only succeeded at establishing a signature style but, he's also been a walking reminder of the importance of showing up and working hard for your dreams.
"I try to wake up early each day, as if there was something I need to get done. I try to start every day with intention and to be deliberate in my actions, because in the day to day of staying at home, anxious with the situation, it doesn’t help to not have a game plan each day. I set my goals out one by one and try my best to accomplish them all within the day; things like working out, reading, doing something productive, and learning something new."
Have you been working on new projects, collections or pieces while in lockdown? Any other venues where we can support you?
"As for projects, I’ve mostly been working on developing my personal work, my style and trying new things. I’ve gone back to painting in gouache, which is my favorite painting medium and I’m happy I get to play around with it again."
"I’m feeling a lot like I did when I started out, that is, I’m just making things regardless, and that feels good."
"Other than that, I started my own Sunday art talk show, Jappy Days! I do these on IG live, and post the episodes to IGTV after so people can rewatch. It’s just something fun I like to do. Its part educational, part comedy, part hanging out. I talk about topics that aspiring artists like to ask me frequently, and try to help them achieve what they want to go after. I’m in no way remotely qualified to be teaching people, but its my way of giving back, of being for them what I needed when I started out: a guide. I will also start guesting artists soon and hoping to move this to Youtube if it works out."
Preview of the artist's newly launched website. Photo from Jappy Agoncillo Online.
Jappy says he takes things day by day, much like everyone else in this situation. "There’s no way around it, the situation is going to be this way for a while. But I hold on to the fact that each day is another chance to grow, to be better than who you were yesterday."
With a new website and weekly live show, it's quite an exciting time for him. These are new platforms in which he shares lessons he's learned in his journey, encouraging new artists and his fellow creatives in so many ways. Jappy Agoncillo is a walking reminder of how important is to show up and work hard - and we're so excited to witness how much further these values will take him.