Polly Jiménez – Short Stories Studio

Polly is an incredible and immensely talented artist. At WhataWonderfulWomensWorld, we love how her colorful and splendid pieces of art illustrate simple moments of life! We are a huge fan of her ability to draw everyday life moment so well! She makes us feel bubbly and made us realize how everyday moments can be special.

How would you describe yourself?

I’m not pretty good at talking about myself but I guess I could say: I’m a very honest person who can’t really stay quiet of every thought I have and I guess that is why im an illustrator, because is a way I found where I can shape my thoughts when I’m not able to put them in words. I’m also a very happy person, I think is beautiful to stay in touch with the small details in the world that can make a difference in your day, like watching a bird through the window or smelling the rain.

Wonderful illustration from Short Stories Studio
Wonderful art from Short Stories Studio

How would you describe your art?

My art is very narrative driven, I think there is always a story behind every image, could be a simple thought or emotion, like trying to put somewhere the anxiety I can have sometimes, or something nicer like the love I have for food, or more deep like having self consciousness about our female bodies. I think is very introspective but also very aware.

How would you describe your field?

I think I could say drawing and illustration, recently I decided to pursuit my interest for ceramics and I’m currently learning how to apply drawings to ceramics, that is something I love about illustration, is full of options and ways to apply it, sizes, mediums, techniques, are an infinite world and I want to explore as many as I can.

What do you want to say through your art?

I guess anyone can make their own interpretation about my work but I think the purpose of my illustrations is very obvious, acceptance of female bodies and create awareness of our own bodies is one of my biggest concerns.

What / Who inspires you?

People inspire me a a lot, other female illustrators play an important role of inspiration not only in my work, but in my life too.

Music and lecture is an everyday “discipline” I try to practice in order to keep my brain nourished.

Traveling makes my mind and soul to be open and out of my comfort zone which is always good to give perspective to my work.

Does your work comment on your social or political issues?

I try to always give a positive purpose to my drawings, if I can empower another woman to pursuit her goals or encourage a girl to stop hating her body is when I can really feel that my job is well done, so I could say it does reflexes my social concerns but try to shape them in a positive way, this world already have tons of negative messages, especially for us as women.

Wonderful illustration from Short Stories Studio
Beautiful illustration from Short Stories Studio

What obstacles have you faced?

Luckily my family was always very supportive about my interests, I guess I didn’t really faced an obstacle until I took illustration as my full time job, is very hard for people in general to take this as a serious profession, also trying to make a good living from this could be very challenging but I always try to stick to my beliefs and as scary as it can look sometimes, I remember that I’m already a lucky person for being able to live from what I love the most and that gives me courage to keep my brain creative and find ways to profit my work.

What is the best advice you could give to someone entering the same industry as you?

I think is an industry that requires a lot of self confidence and commitment, I would recommend to have a lot of patience and not to give up when things start to get real. Also big TIP: not compare your self and your work to others, can be a dangerous place for your own artistic development.

On a more pragmatic level have you been supported during your project?

My family has always supported me, ever since I wanted to go to art school til I decided I wanted to be a freelance illustrator, I always try to be creative in the sense of how am I gonna sell my work and luckily I’ve been fortuned enough to have worked with international brands.

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