We had the good fortune of connecting with Christine Gutierrez and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Christine, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I have always been interested in all things creative. I participated in robotics for most of my life and I typically leaned towards designing the robots and branding. I’m also really big into reading comic books, and early on knew that was what I wanted to do. I picked up an internship with a local robotics company where I worked as a graphic designer and I knew instantly that that was where I wanted to focus. I went to school for a degree in art so I could learn the basics and use that in whichever creative field I wanted to pursue, and then spent 8 months in NY where I developed my focus for comic book-styled illustration. I enjoy being “a creative” because every day brings a new challenge and I also get to push myself every day to be better than the last and I can track that improvement over time. 

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I feel like what sets me apart from others as an artist is that I tend to blend pin-up illustrative styles, comic book or “Pop Art,” and robotics. These are all things I’ve grown to enjoy and appreciate and have thus incorporated into my art. I am incredibly excited to be working on my first-ever published comic which will be out later in 2021 from Black Hole Comics and Entertainment. Getting to this point took a lot of leg work, as well as luck and a lot of help from other people. I picked up an internship with a local robotics company in high school where I worked as a graphic designer and I knew instantly that that was where I wanted to focus. I went to school for a degree in art so I could learn the basics and use that in whichever creative field I wanted to pursue, and then spent 8 months in NY where I developed my focus for comic book-styled illustration. Through these experiences, I’ve been able to come out of my shell and find my style and what I liked to do.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people I would like to thank for helping me get to this point in my journey thus far. I know for a fact that I would not be where I am without the support of my family. Even though going from engineer to artist might be some parents’ worst nightmare, my family supported me the entire time, and I could not have reached this point without them.

Website: ComicsChristine.com
Instagram: @comicschristine
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christine-gz/
Twitter: @comicschristine

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