About the artist

An image of a palm tree with a circle of birds flying above by digital artist Jorge Cabrera

Jorge Cabrera is a freelance photographer/artist. He was born and raised in Southern California and has lived in Los Angeles for over a decade now. Art has consistently been part of Jorge’s life: as a child, there was always an outlet such as colouring and drawing. Into adolescence and part of his young-adult life, he played several instruments, including drums in a punk band. Jorge was later introduced into photography by a relative and that, in turn, led him into digital art; they have been his forms of media for the last decade. In case you haven’t noticed, Jorge has a thing for architecture; creating surreal abstract digital sceneries using his photographs of buildings. Although balance is vital in imagery, Jorge also likes to give the viewer a sense of disorientation. People have said his style reminds them of M.C. Escher.

How did you first get into digital art?

I was a digital photographer that had an obsession with creating ‘perfect’ images. I would spend ages editing out small imperfections such as cracks in buildings and also make things more symmetric. Often I found myself cropping and moving things around to the point that my photos were no longer photos; my obsession with placement and symmetry led me into digital art.

Why did you choose digital art as your medium?

I’m a father, and I also have a full-time occupation. My life is incredibly busy (in a good way), and I’m always on the go, so photography is practical for my lifestyle. The moments I have for myself is when I create. This media suits my life best for the time being.

To which artistic styles are you particularly drawn?

I enjoy looking at vintage graphic art – the artwork of Saul Bass in particular.

What inspires you?

Honestly, adversity brings the most colour out of life. You have to experience the lows to really appreciate the highs. I hate to sound like the damaged artist but I think adversity is the foundation for most art, otherwise everything is just vanilla. Also meditation helps.

What is your artistic motivation?

To offer the viewer a different perspective of life by taking something static and recreating it to the point of destruction or disorientation; to create something that makes you think about life’s impermanence, perhaps even ones mortality.

Which three words or phrases would you use to describe your work?

Impermanent. Unsettling. Disorientating.

Name three artists who inspire you.

M.C. Escher, Saul Bass, and everyone I follow on Instagram.

How do you think you’ve improved as an artist compared to when you first started?

In the past I used to be passive about certain styles and techniques: I had this idea that if it wasn’t complicated, then it wasn’t art. I was probably projecting because I didn’t believe in myself. Now I understand what it means to feel art and also to observe it on a different plain. This has allowed me to not be so structured in my technique and to be more experimental with my style by letting it flow and giving it a chance.

What advice would you give yourself if you could go back to when you started making art?

Take a chance. Don’t listen to others. You are ready now because you will never be ready.

What devices/equipment do you use to create your art?

I’m always on the go. I shoot Canon with a wide lens for the most part. My images are edited using iPad Pro and Apple Pencil and sometimes I use my iMac.

Which apps/programs do you use to create your art and which are your favourites?

Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom on my iMac. My favourite, though, is Affinity Photo on my iPad Pro, it’s a solid editing app!

Do you use images from stock sites as well as your own photos and if so, which are your favourites and why?

I only use original images I have captured. Sometimes I’ll collaborate with other artists.

And finally, do you find that digital art is often dismissed as a valid art form?

Yes, sometimes it seems that way. I do believe that idea is becoming smaller with time, however, especially with people’s attachment to their devices and social media; It puts digital art on a bigger outlet.

Thanks so much for sharing your ideas and work with us, Jorge!

Where to find Jorge’s artwork online