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Meet Felipe J. Ramos

Today we’d like to introduce you to  Felipe J. Ramos.

Felipe, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was born and raised in Montebello (East Los Angeles).

My passion for art began at a very young age. I was always a dreamy kid, but I also enjoyed playing sports, video games, and watching films. It wasn’t until high school where I began to get more serious about art. I was getting good at drawing and painting from photographs and life. Unsure of how I was going to pursue a career as a professional artist, my sister urged me to go to a junior college. When I finally transferred to Cal State Fullerton, I decided to study animation/entertainment art. I realized storytelling and illustration is what I really enjoyed.

I currently work as a freelance artist/illustrator. I’m also an independent author. I created an illustrated storybook called Strange Sun. I am very proud of this story because I was able to combine more than one of my artistic strengths. And the story is influenced a lot from growing up in Los Angeles as brown kid. My goal is to turn it into an animation and a film in the near future.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Now that I look back from when I first started to pursue art, It had some challenges but nothing very major. Sometimes my family came in the way of my studies. I had to help my mom with rides and other things. Finances was always an issue for me but I always learned to push through with the resources I had at the time.

Confidence was never an issue for me but the fear of success was always something I thought about. Sometimes our minds can be our worst enemy. I still do some freelance work that I don’t necessarily want to do. It can sometimes burn you out from the real passionate work you want to do. But I am grateful for being able to make any money when it comes to using my art.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I also lean towards fantasy art, where I create natural subjects and juxtapose them with fantasy. But also sending deep universal messages. I also write and arrange music, mainly in acoustic guitar.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I am currently working on a couple of stories. I want to make films and animations where I can include more people of color.

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