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Meet Marco Elizalde

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marco Elizalde.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Marco. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I dabbled in music and was in choir from Middle School and High School and started a Hardcore Punk band. During that time, I got back into design and drawing to make merch for my band and started collecting mangas and copy page to page, eventually drawing like my favorite artist. I didn’t know what I wanted to pursue Senior year so I just continued with giving community college a shot. I grew up in East Los Angeles, El Paso, Texas, Mexico & Riverside and finally going full circle to study back and forth from LA to Riverside to workshops and atelier classes as well as community college. After finding my passion when taking a couple of drawing classes, I knew this was my future and this is what I wanted to do. I tried getting to Calarts and by no surprise, I didn’t get in. For my last try, I took my teacher’s advice for the Art Center College of Design and I got in! I loved the school’s classes they had and knew some friends that go there, but I had another stumble and found out I couldn’t afford it. So with that, I’ve been pursuing A full-on freelance career in Animation and Illustration and also painting and drawing tutor.

Has it been a smooth road?
It has been anything but, I had dealt with countless and countless rejections. Frustrations with my skills and wondering If I’ll ever be fit for this lifestyle. I’ve always felt insecure by my work because I am not an Art-School trained artist and socially and economically, People that have only studied at junior colleges have been seen as a lower-tier and I want to fight that assumption. I’ve had amazing mentors and a circle of friends that helped me push through and become the best I can be and still hungry to learn.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I’m a freelance Artist/Illustrator, I specialize in Animation and Editorial style art. I love to create Moments of every day, melancholic, sophisticated moments of life in the streets, inside and around the world. I’m known for having a strong sense of color and how I use it to give a feeling. Also, my storybook, mid-century, expressionistic, playful, and at the same time Matured sense of Design, also showcasing my Latinx heritage In my art to show how colorful and how nuanced it is. I’m proud of how I have been accepted into the art industry with my illustrations as well as the lively and lovely vibe they can get from it. What makes me different Is how much I put feeling FIRST in a drawing rather than thinking about technique first. Because I think the common eye will catch the emotion and feeling before they noticed the minuscule techniques and marks made.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I Love how much of the world is packed into our city. All the food you can get is so amazing and how much you can learn from a kitchen is always a way to get to know another culture. Which is for me is so interesting since my second interest is cooking. As well as I can meet people from all walks of life. Since I can’t drive, I do rely on transit so sometimes I do wish the city would pay attention to how more sufficient and greater the city would be If they put more effort into buses and their subway lines.


  • Available for Commissions start from 80$+
  • Freelance long term projects I start at $30/hr

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