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Meet Carlos Hernandez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Carlos Hernandez.

Hi Carlos, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
As a young boy, I loved cartoons, comics and video games. I would spend hours drawing and coloring my favorite characters from the Ninja Turtles to the Super Mario Bros. My father worked at a print shop in the South Bay and would often bring me prints of movie posters or art books they had printed. These works of art had a strong influence on me as a boy to want to pursue a career making art. As I grew older, I kept working and practicing my craft and discovering new artists and techniques along the way. I attended Westwood College and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communications. Attending college opened up new mediums for me to experiment with such as sculpting. I always loved collecting toys and figures as well as working on model kits. This lead to designing my own figures and kit bashing and painting small toy cars into post-apocalyptic death machines.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I never really liked sitting in a classroom for hours or doing homework, so college was really challenging for me but I did learn a lot of new skills which I’m grateful for. Also, learning to interact with an audience and explaining your work has been challenging for me, but the more I do it the easier it becomes. Learning to use new mediums is also challenging but fun at the same time, like making molds for toys for example. Using social media to promote yourself as well has been met with some struggles. I’m not really into putting much personal information about myself out there in social media, but I do see their value as far as promoting your art and business.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I really like the post-apocalyptic setting such as the Mad Max movies so most of my artwork revolves around that. I paint and build wasteland death machines, cars that have been turned into instruments of war. I mostly use Hot Wheels and Matchbox toy cars and strip them, sand them, glue other parts to them and paint them to look rusted up and battle torn.

I also sculpt and produce my own figures. These are characters from the wasteland that would be driving the cars and battling each other. Monsters and people that have been deformed by the nuclear fallout and struggle to survive the barren wasteland.

Who else deserves credit in your story?
My family has always been supportive of my work helping me through college and always encouraging me to keep doing what I do. My father especially, he provided me with lots of reference material as a child and a teenager. He would buy me art books, movies and video games. My wife, which is also an artist and photographer, has supported me along the way as well. We get together and brainstorm ideas for projects and help each other with critiques of our work.

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