Today we’d like to introduce you to Michelle Garcia.
Michelle, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I grew up in California, in little city called Atascadero. Just like many kids I loved Sailor Moon and all Disney princess movies. They really inspired me to draw and write for women. I started drawing portraits for family and friends. Seeing them smile was what inspired me to continue drawing and making art my life passion. I just didn’t know where to start
Being second generation Mexican American has always come with a great deal of expectations. I was afraid to bring up college, let alone going to a private art school. So I gathered up the courage to ask my parents. They were surprisingly supportive. My mom especially. She is my biggest supporter and I truly appreciate everything she has done for me.
I studied at The Art Institute in Santa Monica and met so many wonderful artist, who I can now call lifelong friends. I learned a lot being there but the sense of community really made it all worth it. After graduating in 2011, my first job in my field was at a children’s book publishing company called Cinemation studios. An opportunity I’ll always remember and cherish.
Today I’m an Art Director for an animation advertising company, called Tadapix, where I’m surrounded by amazing artist and mentors.
I am currently focusing on my storyboard mentorship through WIA (Women in Animation). Creating a pitch for a TV series, and building my social media brand.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I like to describe my style as whimsical with a side of sparkle. I mainly work in the digital format but I put most of my ideas on paper first. I work on many programs but Photoshop, Animate (Flash) and After effects are by far my favorite.
I wear lots of hats, some would say. I can storyboard, illustrate and animate. I put a lot of myself into my art and I hope people can resonate with it. I tend to draw happier subjects. There is just so much bad and sadness in the world, so why contribute to that? My inspiration for making art is simple, if it makes someone smile, then I have done my job.
The stereotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
I would say always have that side gig! I know many people feel like they need to be in art full-time to be considered a “real” artist. I say, screw that! You need to take care of you first. So keep that side job kids!
Commissions, KO-fi, and Patreon, are another way to earn extra cash but you will need an online presence before you spend way to much time on this.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
You can find me on Instagram at @artofmichi
- Website: www.artistmg.com
- Phone: 8189833881
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/artofmichi/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1207581832
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArtofMichi
- Other: www.michelle-boards.com