by Borderstan.com November 18, 2011 at 3:00 pm 1,443 0

"Borderstan""Juana Medina"

Juana Medina at Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. You can follow Luis on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos and at One Photograph A Day.

Juana Medina first relocated to DC nine years ago from Colombia and was immediately attracted to Dupont Circle. What she didn’t know in 2002 was that it would have a huge influence on a new part of her life.

While waiting for her physiotherapist professional title to be validated, Medina started taking classes at Georgetown University which later lead her to change paths and start her studies in Graphic Design at DC’s Corcoran College of Art+Design and continue at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).

While Medina knew she had a talent for drawing, it was the inspiration she found in Dupont Circle that encouraged her to attend art school.

“The Circle, the people, the buildings, their roofs, the lines and patterns of movement are everywhere in my art and my illustrations, ” Medina said.

At Corcoran and RISD she discovered tools and ways to express her art. She even became a faculty member at RISD and now, being back in the DC area, she teaches at the Corcoran.

Medina was born into family where everyone knew how to draw. So it wasn’t until later that she discovered that she had a true artistic gift — and that not everyone could draw well as her. But, Medina was also interested in the human body, and the way it moves and expresses itself — hence her first career as a physiotherapist.

“To have a gift implies that you have to be disciplined at making it better every day. Drawing makes you watch people, makes you draw all the time. But it is also important to know what is out there in terms of styles,” Medina said. She describes her drawing style as “cartoony.”

“You have to just your style flow. Style just happens… but it is nourished by everything and every day. It is also a matter of the tools you use to convey your art. Even the type of paper on which you draw influences your art,” Medina said.

Medina’s work has appeared from exhibitions in Colombia to Jumbo Tron screens in New York’s Times Square. She has also illustrated books for Random House, Alfaguara Editores, Texas University Press and Editorial Norma. Medina’s work has been awarded by the National Cartoonists Society and is a contributor for the Cartoon Movement, based in Holland.

Juana likes to think of her art as a celebration of the human body as a means of expression. There is a possibility of being genuine without being rigid. Her projects are always personal and her sketch book goes with her all the time being a constant source of inspiration.

"Borderstan""Juana Medina"

Some of Juana Medina’s drawings. (Images courtesy of Juana Medina)

by Borderstan.com October 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm 0

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Mid City Artists held their Fall Open Studios weekend October 22-23. Click above for more images (Luis Gomez Photos).

More photos of Mid City Artists!

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos on Picplz and at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

It was a busy weekend for the Mid City Artists in Borderstan. On Saturday and Sunday they had their Fall Open Studios weekend. We visited some of the artists in their studios — sadly we couldn’t make it to all of them. But here is a list of Mid City Artists that we have profiled.

The next Open Studios weekend will be May 19-20, 2012.

Mid City Artists Profiled on Borderstan

by Borderstan.com May 19, 2011 at 9:30 am 0

Mid City Artists, Borderstan, Ryan Epp, Luis Gomez Photos

Ryan Epp is one of 28 Mid City Artists participating in their open studios tour this weekend, May 21-22. (Luis Gomez Photos)

If you haven’t partaken of a Mid City Artists Open Studios weekend, it’s a great opportunity to discover artists in the neighborhood. You’ll have the chance to meet some great local artists, 13 of which have previously been featured on Borderstan — check out the list below.

Download a Mid City Artists map with studio locations and hours for May 21-22. A total of 28 studios (at 21 locations) are open this weekend; the artists also host a fall weekend session.

Profiles of Mid City Artists

Check out the 13 profiles of Mid City artists by Cecile Oreste.

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