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Art & Life with Lorenzo Crump

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lorenzo Crump.

Lorenzo, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Hello! My name is Lorenzo Crump and I am Latinx and part of the LGBTQ+ community! Throughout my childhood, I always drew. From finger painting to off-brand colored pencils. Sometimes it became an escape from reality, especially during middle school which were one of the hardest years to get through. Dealing with a sudden housing move, a change of school, and bullying. I hid myself since the real me were called hateful things. That false image followed me through high school and junior year of high school is where things started to flip around. There was an animation class at my high school and I immediately signed up, no hesitation. In that class, I realized that I could actually do something with art and show who I am through this medium. My teacher at that time recommended me to Ryman Arts, an after school high school program that taught students how to better your skill. I applied to join in my senior year, and luckily got in the program where it was held at Otis College of Art and Design. This was eventually the college I went to because I fell in love with the campus as well as knowing that I will be joining other peers who have the same interest as me! I am currently a recent graduate, Class of 2020, and throughout my four years, I became my true self, expressed the way I felt, as well as truly becoming part of the LGBTQ+ community. I initially wanted to be in animation and was in that major for one year, but soon realized that I didn’t want to do that for the rest of my life. Luckily, Otis had a unique major called ‘Toy Design’ where I soon switched in and it was the best decision I have ever made. Toy Design reawakened my passion for art and gave me a purpose to truly pursue and work the hardest I can to achieve my ultimate career.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am a Toy Designer for kids! What I ultimately do is design, illustrate, and concept ideas for child products. Since I studied animation for a little bit, I fell in love with character designing and I wanted to make these characters come to life. Not just through motion, but physically. When growing up, I had many toys ranging from Bratz to Hot Wheels to My Little Pony. They all inspired me to have a creative imagination and play is so important to a child’s development. Yes, I had video games that I would spend a lot of time on, but I would always come back to my toys since that was my comfort. I want to eventually create something that children hold dear to them and even look up to. When I was younger, I felt embarrassed when I did have dolls that I wouldn’t tell anyone. I would even hide under the counter at McDonald’s and ask my mom to get the girls toy from the Happy Meal. So for my work, I want to be inclusive and diverse as possible. I want children of all color and sizes to look up to something that looks like them. My duty as a toy designer is to create a range of toys that all children can play with.

Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
My advice is to listen. Critiques, at first, are somewhat heartbreaking when you hear someone talk about the mistakes in your work. Overtime, you build a thick skin where instead of thinking about how awful someone is talking about your work, you listen to what they are saying so you can apply that to your current or next piece. Always work hard for what you love to do. I would say to always keep an open mind on your future. I originally went to school for animation, but I struggled a lot trying to have that mindset of wanting to do that for the rest of my life and made a bold decision to completely switch what I intended to do. When going to a college for art, at first you see many people and have that competitive thought that these are the people you are going up against to get that one job. In fact, it can be true, but that doesn’t mean you have to distance yourself from those people. Make friends with everyone, don’t see them as a networking connection. Build true friendships because at the end it is one of the most rewarding feelings. And for my last advice, for design, I would say to go bold. Start out with wild ideas, go as big as you can because if you start small, it will be a lot harder to reach what you want. And of course, work hard.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can support me through my Instagram @crump.jpg

Now, with what is currently happening with COVID-19, my graduating class did not have a Senior Show where we displayed our work and it all affected us. I wanted to share the link to the class to showcase everyone else’s hardwork!

For my major: toydesign2020.carrd.co

For my 2020 class: https://www.otis.edu/annual-exhibition/2020#exhibitions

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Image Credit:
Cave Club – Mattel
Disney Vampirina – School Project
PWM Doll – PWM Magazine

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