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Meet Emily Menendez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emily Menendez.

Emily, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was not always confident that I was going to be an artist. In high school considering my career track for when I would go on to college was very important to me. I did love art, but I thought of looking for other careers non art-related. I did fear about all the obstacles an artist had to face. However, soon after, I realized art is really all I wanted to do. All the struggles an artist has to face, I was prepared to take on. So I gave it my all to become as great as an artist I can be. By the time I entered college at California State University Long Beach majoring in Illustration, I had already received my first job as an art instructor at an art studio. I also participated in many art events and galleries such as the Long Beach Art Walks, Expo Art Center at Bixby Knolls, and the Museum of Latin American Art. Currently, I am finishing my education and pursuing a career as a character designer and storyboard artist in the animation industry.

Has it been a smooth road?
One of the big questions an artist eventually asks themselves is, how do I put myself out there or get noticed? This is where the competition comes in place that I had once feared. I was able to overcome this fear by maintaining an optimistic state of mind, constantly. I have noticed in the art community there is a lot of self-doubt. To be successful, I always think I am making progress everyday and I know I am getting closer to my goal. I don’t make time for doubt. I am always on a lookout for any opportunity posted anywhere on social media or by my local coffee shop. I made sure to promote myself and post my art everywhere. However, I learned to not focus solely on likes or number of followers but to notice if you’re improving as an artist. Growing as an artist is where it really counts.

Please tell us more about your art.
I am focusing my career in the animation/comic industry primarily as a character designer or storyboard artist. Though I like drawing in the naturalistic style, cartoons is where I have the most fun. I have a clean style that is versatile to fit any mood such as comedy, children’s books, action, and more. Either way, I love to stretch and exaggerate what characters can do in the fictional realm. I always put a bit of myself and my humour in any work of art I make. I usually strive to make people laugh with what I draw and gain a reaction. I have made stories that are fit for a comics, video games, and TV animation production. I make sure my work is exciting looking and tells a story.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I like LA a lot because of all the connections one can make. It’s a great hub for all kinds of artists to network with each other. LA might be full, but I think that’s exciting. To see a busy city makes me feel productive and excited to be within that community in a studio also creating entertainment for many to see.


  • I do offer commissions, personalized artwork, that range from $15 to around $100 depending on the project.

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