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Rising Stars: Meet Benjamin Dynes

Today we’d like to introduce you to Benjamin Dynes.

Hi Benjamin, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Originally, I started out by drawing cartoon characters when I was little and drew still life when I grew older. Someone on my Dad’s side of the family named Thomas Vroman inspired me to become an artist when I was younger. I loved his illustrations, and he told me that I had potential to become an artist when I grew up. I took his advice seriously and kept taking art classes in High school and created work on the side at Mission: Renaissance. When I went to Orange Coast college, I got into Graphic Design after taking an Intro to Computer Graphics course. Later on that year, I was accepted to attend Otis College of Art and Design, and my major was in Communication Arts with an emphasis in Graphic Design and I minored in Digital Media. During my time there, I had two internships, made the Deans List twice, got two posters on display, and built up my portfolio in Graphic Design and Motion Design. I am currently working as a full-time Production Graphic Designer at Pacific Coast Sportswear.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The road was rough growing up. When I was a teenager, I applied to Orange County High School of the Arts for Illustration, but I was rejected twice. I also tried to get into an Advanced Placement art class when I was in High School but despite having an A in the class, I wasn’t admitted. Some other obstacles involved having my work rejected consistently by a lot of people at college fairs. My final obstacle was getting employed during the pandemic because when I graduated Otis College of Art and Design, I was unable to find a job anywhere despite averaging 1-2 interviews a month. Some of my favourite studios and advertisement agencies rejected me, and I was among the last of my peers to obtain a full-time job in Graphic Design.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I specialize in Multimedia, Motion Design, and Apparel Design. I am currently most proud of my Senior Project where I branded my own American Football team for San Diego. What sets me apart from others is my illustrative style of imagery that I incorporate into my projects using photoshop painting or vector illustration. If I don’t use it, I also try to incorporate movement in my typography and colorful design.

Is there any advice you’d like to share with our readers who might just be starting out?
My advice would be to experiment a lot when you’re starting out and to put yourself into your work.

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