Ok so I got really lucky with these first blog post. My roommate is a rapper so I was easily able to interview him. The Brown Artworks gallery was super lucky because I somehow managed to get in contact with a teacher I never had and managed to make the connections to get in contact with him.
After this blog post I’m gonna have to start looking outside for some more artist. Because I got lucky for the 3rd time. My other roommate happens to be a artist. I mean, it’s not a bad thing. It makes it easier but in the future I want to try to get more artist that are outside of my connections you know? I’m just glad that these first 3 were kinda freebies.
I held off writing about Adonay Galan, because although I met Adonay and Jerm the same day and Adonay happened to be in the same living area as us. I knew about his art last because he was pretty quiet about it.
Jerm Deezy was pretty vocal about his rap, he just started showing us his songs and we immediately thought “Wow this guy wasn’t joking”. Mr. Brown and his family is super vocal about his gallery, the only reason it took me so long to find out about it is because his coworker told me, teachers can’t advertise to students.
But wow, the way I learned about Adonay is interesting. It was a day or two after we had just moved into the dorm. It was late at night and I think I was eating Pizza Rolls. While I was eating, Adonay started getting water or something and then we sat down at the table.
Then I started talking… For like 4 hours…I kept telling him all the work I had been doing up to that point to get into college and basically just a recap of Middle and High School. I am pretty sure he just kept listening because he thought it would be rude if he left or something. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was mad in his mind like…
“Awww… I just came here for food not a recap of what this guy did in the last couple years…”
But he kept listening after I ran out of things to say I ended up asking about him since it was kinda rude to just have someone listen to you without listening to them. This dude just listened to me rant it was the least I could do.
I remember him going something like… “I don’t really have much to say”.
I called him out, there was no way this dude doesn’t have anything to talk about. I managed to do it, he should too right?
Adonay is a humble quiet dude, he keeps to himself. It’s not a bad thing, hell I respect it. But then he started telling me how he did parkour and was an artist. He then told me how his parkour with his friends led to some crazy stories and how he managed to sell some art pieces back at home.
I was surprised, we kept talking. Later he showed us some of his art, all of us (The rest of our roommates including Jerm). Pretty much all of us thought his artwork was cool and Jerm actually wanted a doodle of his drawn in Adonay’s style.
Another reason I wanted to write the blog about Adonay after The Brown Artworks Gallery is because I helped Adonay get in touch with Mr. Brown. I thought Adonay’s art was THAT good, he now is actually selling some merchandise there. Which I recommend you get because it looks awesome.
“I started simple doodles, watched a lot of cartoons so that’s where my art style came from” said Galan.
Adonay got introduced to art by his dad, and his fathers inking into his own work.
His artwork is abstract in a simple way. He draws tons of his own little monsters that form some shape or surround a real life or realistic looking thing, such as a portrait of himself or a girl. The reason he draws is varies.
“I think it depends, I think it just depends on the mood. Unless something is going on or I ask people like… ‘Hey what should I draw? What do you think I should draw?’ or a message then yeah, but otherwise it’s just like me just drawing.
Adonay came to Chico State as a engineering major, but I guess the recent events of him getting connected with Mr. Brown and seeing people’s reaction to his art has gotten him to change things.
“I’m actually thinking of switching majors now. I mean, I came here looking for an engineering major, might go into business and minor in art”. Said Galan. “Mainly because right now, there has been a lot more of people asking for my art. Back home there is this company, they’ve been contacting me I have been doing a lot of work”.
I wonder where Adonay would be doing had I not asked that, or if any of us found out about his art. I was glad that I was able to connect him with Mr. Brown and have the two working with each other. It helps out Mr. Brown by having another artist in his gallery providing something new, and it helps out Adonay by having a outlet for his art. Jerm was already doing his own thing and I am happy to find out that other people just know him because he is so popular.
I’m just glad I asked Adonay to talk about himself, I hope as this blog goes on people discover their own talents or become more open about what they have done. I asked him what he hopes to accomplish with art, this is what he said.
“Probably just… I don’t know… Make people see that you don’t have to be that skilled, honestly. My doodles aren’t like you can say ‘Oh, there professional’ or whatever, they’re just based on other cartoons I have seen. Any creation I can think of. Basically doodles to me are my little creations, my little monsters. So I mean it’s nice to have what you created on paper, it’s not like anybody can say ‘Oh, you copied off of someone’ or ‘Hey that looks like somebody elses cause it’s not you creating the doodles”.
I guess if there is anything I learned about this blog is that anybody can be a artist. Look at where it has gotten them so far.
Here is some of his artwork.
All credit for this artwork goes to Adonay Galan.