The artist known as Nes is bringing creatives together for friendship and great causes.
Ernesto Dagnino, more commonly known as Nes, is a high school freshman in Wisconsin who’s passionate about making art and encouraging artists. With an impressive digital illustration portfolio already, he’s continuously pushing himself to improve while also uplifting all the creatives in his life. He recently introduced an online community to bring creators together for encouragement, and out of that group, ideas for charitable projects are springing up. In an interview, Nes detailed the inspirations for the community and shared his uplifting view on the state of the arts today.
How long have you been making digital art, and how have you developed your skills to this point?
I’ve been making digital art since around the middle of 2017, but I’ve been making art since I was little. I’ve improved my skills to where I am now by trying to find time to just practice and make new things every day. Everything you do helps you improve!
Absolutely—your dedication really shows in your art. You recently started an online art community called FORM. Could you tell us about that?
FORM is a Discord community dedicated to artists and creators of all mediums. The inspiration originally came from a Discord I was in around two years ago that was centered specifically around visual artists, and while I liked it, I felt a place where all creatives can congregate, talk, and share their work with one another could be a lot more inclusive and fun. Artists of any kind are more than welcome, and if you are simply an admirer of art, this is a place to find a bunch of talented creators! You can join here!
Spaces like FORM are so important for creatives. What’s your take on the state of arts education and art in general in our culture?
From what I’ve seen, arts education is definitely improving, which makes me happy to see. I feel everyone needs some sort of creative outlet, and some people really go all in with it, which brings me to the state of art in our culture. I think it’s super sick to see all these innovative and creative ideas not only in the visual art scene but also things like the music and photography scenes, and while I think the wait for the general public to understand and enjoy the ideas as much as we as creators see their beauty will be long, I definitely think it’s important to cherish and share these things with more and more people and get everyone hyped for the future of art as a whole.
Your view is extremely encouraging! What are your personal dreams for the future as an artist?
My biggest dream as an artist would have to simply be inspiring others to create as well. Art has such a special place in not only my life but many, many other people’s lives as well, and I want to get as many people as passionate as I am about my craft and others’ work and to get the ideas floating around in their heads created and shown to everyone.
Inspiring others to create is a great dream! Aside from art, what are your everyday inspirations?
My biggest inspirations would definitely have to be music and my little experiences throughout life that are meaningful to me, as well as all my friends.
Before we go, is there anything else you’d like readers to know?
FORM is doing a charity album called Afterparty that’s being released December 7, 2018, featuring submitted music from a bunch of our talented musicians at FORM. You can find out how to get involved in the Discord!