James Lopez is a freelance Illustrator, Motion Graphic Artist, 2D Animator, & 3D Sculptor currently residing in Las Cruces, NM.
When did you graduate from CMI?
What was your area of emphasis at CMI?
Animation/VFX – ANVE
Where are you and what are you doing now?
I’m still in Las Cruces, NM and I am a freelance Animator, Illustrator, and Graphic Designer.
What do you like most about what you’re doing?
I like taking someone’s ideas and making it a reality. Especially when to comes to animating something.
What are some projects/jobs that you’ve worked on since graduating?
I’ve done logo design for a few local businesses as well as animations for people who create their own content online.
What classes and learning experiences at CMI were the most valuable in building towards your current job?
Motion Graphics and 2D Compositing were two classes that helped me tremendously. Those classes reinforced a lot of principles of animation and gave me a chance to work with a multitude of industry standard programs.
What are you doing when you aren’t working?
I love to read comic books, draw for fun, and watch movies.
What’s some advice you would give a CMI student (or maybe potential CMI student) about their time at CMI?
My first piece of advice to a CMI student is to hibernate during the summer to stay awake all semester. My second piece of advice is to get as much feedback from your colleagues and professors to improve your work.
Where can people see your work?
I regularly post my work to my Instagram (@exploding_bunnies), Facebook, and Behance.
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What’s next for you?
I’m looking forward to creating more art that people can buy in the form of t-shirts and prints. Simultaneously I want to build up my portfolio and do more animations in the near future.