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Meet Corina Curiel of CoriCuri in Northridge

Today we’d like to introduce you to Corina Curiel.

Corina, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Like every artist, I was a creative kid. I did everything from simple comics to world-building fictional places. In my middle school years, I decided to become an artist. How I got here is thanks to my parents, my family and friends who believed in me.

I graduated from Cal State Northridge with a B.A. in Art and concentration in Illustration. Initially, I wanted to pursue a degree in animation but an experience turned me off and I thought it was simply not in the stars.

During my time, I also took a year to study in Florence, Italy under the Cal State system. I also took classes at L’Accademia di Belle Arti, right next door to Michelangelo’s David! A year of painting and drawing around gave me time to really think and make decisions for myself. I eventually came back knowing that I deserved to be in animation. I graduated, I took additional classes and have had my portfolio looked at by every major studio in Burbank and beyond.

I am currently moonlighting as a background painter while working as a full-time illustrator and graphic designer by day.

Has it been a smooth road?
The journey is long but the experiences have given me such wisdom and patience!

My first major hurdle was graduating from high school in one piece. The recession was in full swing, my dad briefly lost his business, really dumb teen angst, and I squeaked out of high school with an abysmal GPA. By the time I had my orientation for my university, I was jaded and disappointed in myself. Studying abroad really brought me out of that negative headspace and gave me the strength to keep going.

Networking after graduating was also a major hurdle. School did not really cover how to approach events like these or how formal one should be. Eventually, I got over my shyness and events like these are a breeze to me.

Please tell us more about your art.
I paint backgrounds for animation! I have recently provided some painted and designed backgrounds for a few projects. I have been moonlighting as a BG painter for quite some time, and I’m aiming for studio work sometime soon!

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
With everything that is happening, I know animation will get even more competitive. It’s definitely possible to work remotely sure, but an experience of being in LA, I feel enhances it.

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Personal photo and images included are taken and created by Corina Curiel

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