Being a designer & animator is my passion. I design the day away wielding my mighty tablet pen and won't rest until I've run out of my beloved Bustelo coffee (my sole core fuel source and secret behind all my designimator powers... shhhhhh). I love what I do for a living. I'm fortunate to have found others that enjoy design and animation as much as I do and have asked for me to play along with them.
I'm currently based in New Yawk but I was born & raised in Puerto Rico. In 1992, I moved to the USA. Barely able to speak a lick of English then; today, I'm very proud to say I finally know that the emphasis on the word focus (fô-kus) is on the first syllable and the last part of that word isn’t pronounced “use”.
Many years, many odd jobs later and with mastery of the language finally mine, I graduated in 2006 with my BFA from the School of Visual Arts.
I live with my husband Wilfredo Rodriguez, Jr. and our cute little Frenchton, Olivia Blue Cheese somewhere in Northern New Jersey and I commute a lot.
This is my second time around working as a designer/animator on the Netflix’s hit show Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj.
Exciting times! Another Punanimation Event happened in October 2018! It was a well attended panel event with Erica Gorochow, Joyce N. Ho and Simone Noronha hosted by Sharon Harris.
It's been a busy, busy year as I got involved with establishing and running the local NYC chapter of Punanimation along with Emily Suvanvej. It's been wonderful and rewarding to meet so many local women/trans/non-binary designers, animators and illustrators and to provide space for all of us to meet and support one another. Recently, we had our first big event at Adobe Headquarters with guest speaker Michelle Higa Fox owner of Slanted Studios and over 50 people in attendance.
I was recently featured in Adobe's Creative Magazine and was asked to be an Adobe Collaborator. I designed templates for their Visual Trends Multilocalism theme campaign and you can download them for free here.
ACCOLADES, RANDOMNESS, FEATURES AND THINGS I DO:
Won an ADC Bronze Cube for work on MTV's TRL
Featured in School of Motion's Alumni Spotlight
Nominated for a 2016 Promax BDA on the Art Direction/Design category for my work on the Centric Network ID for Mother's Day.
Read my interview on Motion on the Art Director's Club blog.
-- Excerpt: "Animation takes time. A lot of time. We don’t just press a button and boom. done. Animation does not work like that at all. I wished that this was taken into account more often. But for some reason, it never is.”