South Miami’s Senior Artists: Part One

South Miami Senior High is distinguished as a School of the Arts, with some of its programs not offered anywhere else in the county! Within our five magnets offered are the Graphic Design and Illustration and the Fine Arts programs where many passionate students use their talent and skill to make beautiful art. Learn more about some of our school’s most passionate artists below!

Jesus Bracamonte

Jesus Bracamonte, or as he likes to be called, Jeez, is a speed-runner artist with big dreams and impressive art. Ever since he was eight years old, Bracamonte has been picking up the pencil, stating that he is inspired to get better as time goes on because he feels a drive to transcend his idols. “My biggest motivator are the people that are already good at what they do, makes me want to surpass them,” he stated.

Spending most of his time creating art, Bracamonte is able to push out as many as two pieces per day. According to him, he never gets an artist block. “Just draw what you want to draw,” he advises as a simple yet truthful way to overcome a stump. Using tools that you enjoy and are comfortable using also aids the art process. Focused on using digital mediums, Bracamonte creates digital pieces of his own and popular media characters. As can be seen in the artwork provided, his work features an exciting mixture of stirring light, lively texture, thoughtful composition, and extraordinary environments. All these components put together make Bracamonte’s art easy to get lost in. The artist himself would describe his work as soft and pleasing to the eye; however, there is no doubt that one feels electrified viewing his work. 

Although one may argue he has come far enough, he wishes to pursue other mediums such as oil painting to further improve his skills. “I believe having experience with other mediums can make art look better, so I’d like to try that,” he explained. Bracamonte has also come across his own challenges, such as struggling to stay on one art piece until it is finished.  By attempting to conquer the piece from a different approach, he believes the redundancy and the monotony of a time consuming piece of art can be overcome. 

Bracamonte wishes to continue making art for a living, with the possibility of being a content creator or working as a senior artist with a company. He believes that success as an artist is fully obtained when one comes to peace with their skillset. Right now, the young artist does not want to change anything drastic about his art, claiming that “everyone has their own journey and it’s all about progress.” As he builds his way to the top, Bracamonte is excited to receive recognition from other aspiring and renowned artists and to follow his own advice of spending less time focusing on video games to continue with what seems to be his never-ending “art grind.” If you are interested in keeping up with his journey, follow his art socials @jeezartz on instagram and @jeezart on twitch for live art!

Jacky Morales

Jacky Morales is a senior in the Magnet Fine Arts program with Ms. Hunter. Morales first took a deep interest in the art world when she turned 12 years old, but begins with a story from her even younger years. During elementary school, Morales had a classmate whose art was adored by all their peers, including her. Seeing such a great passion for art in another student motivated her to improve her own; however, Morales stated, “she was my motivation, but not inspiration.” According to the young artist, her early inspiration was her middle school fine arts teacher, Ms. Fuller, who beamed with dedication and encouragement for her students. In recent years, our very own Ms. Hunter inspires Morales to keep moving forwards. “Ms. Hunter is by far the best art teacher I’ve ever had. She’s taught me so much, and I hope to give back in some way someday.” Morales explained.

Her supportive family has also played a part in Morales’s art journey, as they push her to do what she loves and do not hesitate to purchase supplies for any art piece she feels inspired to create. She is grateful for such an upbringing and does not believe she would have made it as far as an artist without them. 

As for the art itself, Morales has experimented with a variety of genres such as caricature, pop/abstract art, and hyperrealism- always integrating patterns into her work. Currently, she has found herself gravitating towards realistic, monochrome portraiture. However, Morales has expressed a desire to venture out into different mediums. “I wish I could paint! I never had the steady hand for it, but I’m excited to give it a try. Printmaking is also really fun. I wish I’d practice that more,” she confessed. As of late, watercolor, colored pencil, and graphite are her go-to tools, but she wishes to experiment more with color in the future to make her work more cheerful. 

Morales is considered an art career in the future, leaning towards writing and illustration children’s books. She says that, as a kid, she loved tracing the art on her picture books and getting lost in the illustrations. Creating work that can be timeless and beautiful for others is one of her goals as an artist. Morales advises other aspiring artists to stop second-guessing themselves and to “listen to your gut and go for it.”