College life

Hello!

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Louis Castro Jr. I have been a Graphic Designer and Illustrator since 2008. I am a graduate from Full Sail University with a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design.

I am currently freelancing with a variety of clients from local community start-ups to a leading niche companies. My creative abilities and work experience are far-reaching, from creating logos to brand campaigns, creating and editing motion graphics and video, and designing front-end web pages and templates. My traditional background in illustration has also played a role and is an asset in my design process.

As a designer I strive to create innovative and eye-catching designs for viewers and to obtain a challenging and rewarding position within a growing organization that will utilize my skills and experience in new and creative ways.

My experience and skills includes illustrations, comic book design, character creation, digital and motion graphics, logo and information graphics for print and social media, graphics for mobile gaming, and tutoring.

Check out and enjoy my work.

http://www.lcjrdesigns.com

www.behance.net/LouisCastroJr

If you would like to contact me directly, you can do so anytime at [email protected]

I’ve gone on this ride twice in my life. Two different rides; two different experiences and both were memorable chapters of my life. College is that right of passage, where you’re stepping away from being a kid and stepping into your future role as an adult. You’re set on that path of exploration of who you are, who you’re going to become, and what you’re planning and hoping to do for the rest of your life.

Back in 2005, entering the School of Visual Arts for the first time, I thought I knew exactly what I wanted and who I was going to be; a famous comic-book artist. All the way to my junior year that was my path. Then one day I changed my mind. Ok, It’s a little more than that and a lot of factors played into my decision, but in the middle of my junior year I decided to switch majors and go from comics and cartooning to doing something I never thought I would do, Computer Arts. From learning motion graphics to 3D animation, the best way I can describe that experience was like jumping into the deepest end of the pool and sinking. As much as I learned and gained new understanding of techniques and software, I was overwhelmed and eventually crashed.

All college experiences comes with its own set of intensity levels and you’re in for one heck of ride and it’s going to give you a lot of different emotions. You’re going to have some highs and you’re going to have lows but there is a balance and there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Aside from all the fun and games you will have and be a part of, there is always more work to be done so the rewards can and will be greater. I’m not first nor will I be the last to take some time off and experience the real world and face the responsibilities of everyday life. I worked as a freelance artist, I tried different careers fields and at the end of the day I felt incomplete and I couldn’t accomplish more because I didn’t finish what I had started.

As I was working I decided to go back to school and finish my education and truly begin my career. Going to Full Sail University Online was a whole new challenge and reward in itself. Changing my major yet again to Graphic Design, which for me was the perfect balance from my background in Cartooning, Illustration, and Computer Art, I had finally found my career role. Though I had more flexibility, don’t let online education fool you; the work and deadlines are just as intense as being on campus and sometimes even more so. Teachers are just as invested in your success and classmates, even through a Skype session, are just as helpful and awesome. I’ve designed some incredible projects and made some lasting friendships and in 2014, I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design.

When you reach the end of the ride and you’re wearing that cap and gown; you’re handed that degree, and your ready to begin the next chapter of your life, the sense of accomplishment is beyond blissful. All that hard work, all those late nights with the caffeine I.V. connected to your arm to get through a project or midterm and all the sacrifices you gave to friends and love ones just fades away because you made it. It finally paid off.

One piece of advice is enjoy every second of your college experience. Take the good with the bad and use it in your work; pushing through to the end and accomplish something truly rewarding. You’re going to grow and learn things about yourself that you didn’t expect. You’re going try new things and you might even find a new career path and that’s ok because this is the time to do it. At the end of the day you will have a story like mine to share and inspire.

Thank you so much for taking time to read my article and if you would like to see my work, please visit my sites below and enjoy. If you would like to contact me directly you can do so anytime at [email protected]

All the best and good luck,

Louis Castro Jr. New York, NY

http://www.lcjrdesigns.com

www.behance.net/LouisCastroJr

 

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