Put A Bird In It—Featured Maker, Santiago Uceda

Santiago Uceda is an interactive art director, illustrator and motion graphics artist. He has worked with many talented folks and institutions from global brands to non-profits, magazines, bands, and private commissions. His work has been recognized by American Illustration, Latin American Illustración & International Motion Arts Awards. 

Santiago has been part of the WeMake family for sometime now and we’re thrilled he’s participating in this year’s Put a Bird In It auction during WeMake Celebrates. Not only did he create the artwork for this year’s event, he also hosted a sketchXchange earlier this year with Jon MacNair

Let’s give everyone a little refresher about your background as an artist and what you’re doing professionally. Have you been working on any new projects that you’d like to share (besides the birdhouse, of course!).

I have been doing some editorial illustrations and a couple of animation projects, one is for a local ciderhouse and the other one is a title sequence for a documentary about lamprey. Both animation projects are really different, that’s one thing I like about what I do, the variety of projects I get to work on.

Can you tell us how your birdhouse is coming along? What are you finding to be your source of inspiration? Is there a theme?

I really like what I did for the WeMake poster (the Viking mask) so I thought it would be fun to create a birdhouse using a similar design.

How has it been working with a 3D object? Is it intimidating, or do you see the house as just another type of canvas?

3D has always been a challenge for me. It’s really hard for me to visualize a design in 3D. I like the challenge, and I’m lucky to have friends who are willing to lend and hand (and tools) so I can get the birdhouse done.

What are some of your favorite materials and mediums to create art?

It really depends on what I’m working on. Lately I have been working more with collage and monoprints, but for the birdhouse I chose acrylic paint. It’s the medium that makes most sense for this project. I also like working with charcoal, pen & ink, anything that will help me achieve the mood or concept I’m going for.

Put a Bird In It is our way to raise funds to support art and music in Portland’s public schools. Did you have the opportunity to try art and music when you were a child? Why do you think it is important to provide that opportunity to children now and in the future?

I tried both when I was a kid, I really enjoyed listening and playing music, but I’m not a very good musician… I always knew I wanted to be an artist, but wasn’t sure how I would make a living as an artist. Having supportive parents and teachers was really helpful. I think it’s important for kids to be exposed to the arts so they can get hands on experience and learn that it’s another career option.