Country of origin: Mexico
In which Residency Program(s) did you participate?
Illustration and Visual Storytelling: Art and Industry, 2013
What led you to participate in the Summer Residency Program?
I felt the urge to move forward and to immerse myself in a powerful and creative environment so I could get the best of me.
What was the best part of your experience at SVA?
The enthusiasm and creativity of all my classmates; we shared tips, techniques and the experiences each one of us have been gathering from our own countries. It's a tough experience in the best possible way. This program pushes you to your limits while living in NYC, a city full of inspiration.
How did the Residency Program contribute to your development as a professional artist?
I learned how to focus on my career as a professional illustrator and just make what I do best no matter what: tell stories the way pros do. Also, I've always loved comics so having Paul Hoppe as a teacher was one hell of an experience. From him I learned the best methodology to tell stories through comics, something I struggled with before the residency.
What's going on in your studio now?
I'm doing a series of comics based in a lot of crazy stories I've heard through my life. After finishing this I will find a way to self-publish this body of work.
Is there anything else you'd like to share about your experiences in the program or after?
This program is the best way to learn the inside of the illustration industry in NY from some of the best, and the experience of living as a student in Manhattan will be with you for the rest of your life. Crazy and fantastic things happen here all the time, you just have to pay attention.