England’s ArtsThread.com recently conducted an interview with our very own Frank Espinoza. This UK based creative site showcases the portfolio of shining up and coming talent, focusing on recent design graduates. The interview was conducted by…special guest columnist, visual arts career coach Rod Berg of Rod Berg Creative. A small excerpt of the interview can be found below…
New York-based Rod Berg brings us the first of a series of posts on careers advice and interviews with up and coming creatives. Rod is a professional visual arts career coach and also has worked since 2003 as Associate Director of Career Services at Parsons The New School for Design.
Rod recently had the pleasure of teaming up with Frank Espinoza, an amazing conceptual illustrator and artist, with expertise in comics, graphic novels and animation. Based in Brooklyn, New York, Frank is a rising star in the industry and recently completed a wonderful comic strip promo for Rod’s consultancy.
Frank Espinoza: I started my career as an illustrator at the end of my sophomore (second) year at Parsons School of Design. I did freelance work as a character designer for a small independent 3-D animation studio. As a comic book artist, in mid 2010, I started my business, The Art of Frank, Inc. and I’m currently self-publishing my original comic book entitled, Regenesys™
RB: What advise would you give to a young illustrator with a passion for drawing and an interest in starting a career as a comic book artist?
FE: Two things, first, find a way to support yourself financially through a stable full or part-time job, design field or not. Second, any waking minute you’re not working at your ‘day job’ use it to produce your comic book! Comics take a great deal of time, effort and money invested to create and market but its all a matter of establishing your name and growing a following for your books.
The interview can be read in its entirety by clicking the following link: http://blog.artsthread.com/2012/02/careers-advice-rod-berg-interviews-illustrator-frank-espinoza/
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