‘I love drawing women, cats and witches…’
By Isabelle Turner
Introducing Jenifer Prince. A Brazilian-born artist known for her eclectic Pop Art-inspired illustrations and her long-standing support for the LGBTQ+ community. After scrolling through Insta, we came across Jenifer’s artwork and immediately fell in love <3. Yep, a picture really does speak a thousand words. Bold, passionate, and most-importantly thought provoking, her work depicts everything from social issues to her love of astrology, cats, and witches. In between collaborating with us on our Pride initiative, we sat down to ask her how she became an artist and what inspires her on the daily.
When did you first start illustrating? And what lead you to this moment?
I’ve always liked to draw! I was that kid that most of the time would rather be drawing than playing outside. I’ve always used illustration as a means to express myself, my feelings and sort of give life to whatever was going on in my mind and that never changed. My personal work around lesbian and sapphic love and life was always with me, it actually helped me to understand better my own feelings and desires and I truly hope that sharing that work online is helping and bringing joy to someone!
What or who inspires you the most?
The short answer for this question is: life in general. I get inspired by the media a lot (music and movies especially), but what inspires me the most is definitely what I have been through in my life. My girlfriend and our relationship, my own feelings, people I loved and love and moments we shared. Visually, I’m always drawn to vintage aesthetics, especially comics from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s and pulp covers.
What’s the best thing about being an artist?
To me, it’s being able to connect with people through a subject that is so important to us.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far in your career?
Well, it might sound a bit cliché but my girlfriend said to me once something like “your best works are the ones that come from within you”. I was so anxious about what I was doing when she said that and I swear that changed my perspective about everything.
What does your art mean to you?
It truly means everything to me. It’s my way of connecting to my community, to people and to myself.
Describe your artwork in three words.
Vintage, yearning, and sapphics.
Why did you choose Pop Art as your creative style?
I don’t think I consciously chose it; it came quite naturally to my style. I’m a very nostalgic person and I believe that aesthetics conveys this feeling pretty well. I also have always loved vintage comics— they can be so dramatic! The textures are just amazing and I love that I’m able to create a whole story in just one panel.
From concept to finish, typically, how long does it take to create a piece of artwork?
I don’t have an exact number. It can take 2 days or one week depending on the concept and complexity of the illustration. I would say most of them probably take 3 to 4 days.
How do you overcome a creative block?
I usually try to work on another project and write down what I’m thinking and feeling, this helps a lot! If it doesn’t work, I try to rest my mind and take the pressure off doing something unrelated to work. Sometimes your mind just needs a break.
What mantra do you live by?
You only live once.
If you could give your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be?
I’d probably tell her she shouldn’t be so hard on herself and that’s ok to be who she is.
What is you ultimate favorite illustration of your own?
Currently, it’s “anywhere else but here”, the one with the girls kissing in the car. I don’t know exactly why, I just love them.
If you had to choose, who would you say is your favorite artist, dead or alive?
Oh that’s a hard one! I can’t choose only one person. I’ll say Hayley Kiyoko because right now she’s the one I’m following the most. I love her music, her videos and how she’s very vocal about her identity and social issues.
Finally, what’s next?
I’m working on my first short comic! I’m really excited about it. It’s my first time attempting to work on something longer than a few panels, so let’s see how it goes! Other than that, I’ll keep making my one panel sapphic stories.
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