Christian Suarez

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What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Christian Suarez and right now I´m a freelance artist and a part-time art director at Levalo Studio (a little illustration studio in my city)


What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Maybe the craziest was working as the security guy in a disco when I was younger.


What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
The useful ones, projects for several NGOs. I´ve tried to collaborate at least in one of them each year working on my free time.


How did you become interested in animation?
I´ve always loved cartoons since I was a child. And now lot of friends of mine are working on animation, it´s impossible not being interested!


Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I am from Madrid, Spain. Sometimes clients needed to develop some concept art for animations, apart from the regular services of illustrations, and I started to make it.

What’s a typical day like for you with regards to your job?
I´m spent the most of the day working at my studio, working with my studio mates. It´s great when you have companions to share ideas with and keep a creative work ambient.


What part of your job do you like best? Why?
Create things, imagine them. The very first part of the job, when you are just sketching, it´s maybe my favourite.


What part of your job do you like least?
Why? When you´re imagining something, but can´t draw it as you have in your mind. Some days that happens.


What kind of technology do you work with on a daily basis?
Despite I studied Arts, I have no time to work on canvas or paper. Photoshop, and the Adobe software are the tools for my everyday.


What is the most difficult part for you about being in the business?
It´s always hard being a freelance, requires a constant search of jobs and clients.


In your travels, have you had any brushes with animation greatness?
I met Stephen Silver at a Comic con in Agouleme three years ago.


Describe a tough situation you had in life.
When I started working and I didn´t knew anything about making business.


Any side projects or you’re working on or hobbies you’d like to share details of?
I´m preparing a cool book of pin ups! It´s taking me a lot of time, but I have no hurry.


Any unusual talents or hobbies like tying a cherry stem with your tongue or metallurgy?
I love reading, about one book each week.


And Is there any advice you can give for an aspiring animation student or artist trying to break into the business? Don´t drink at work, boys.

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