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Armando Elizondo

Illustrator, Graphic Designer and Owner

Armando Elizondo was born in Compton, California on April 1, 1983. Both of his parents migrated from Mexico to the United States in the pursuit of a better life for themselves and future children. He is the middle child; he has an older brother and younger sister. Armando grew up in Compton, and at the age of 5, he gained an interest in art.


As a child, Armando spent a lot of his time learning to draw during grade school and after class. Having overprotective parents, Armando didn't venture out alone much because the city that he grew up in was notorious for gang violence. Drawing became one of his favorite.


As a child growing up in the 90's, Armando became familiar with a lot of the pop culture at the time. Super Mario, Street Fighter II, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghost Busters, Batman, Spider-Man, The X-Men, Dragon Ball Z, and Godzilla were some of his favorites. Armando thrived through the compliments from his friends and peers. Each day he would practice drawing and slowly become better as the years went by.


Influenced by 90's cartoon such as Batman, X-Men, and Spider-Man. Armando became a huge comic book fan. High School is when he learned about comic book artist Joe Madureira from his cousin. He had a sample comic book of Battle Chasers, Crimson, and Danger Girl. Out of the three sample pieces, Armando fell in love with Battle Chasers. Joe Madureira's artwork was a huge inspiration to his art, so much so that Armando wanted to become a comic book artist. These inspirations were his fuel to pursue a career in art. In 2002, Otis College of Art and Design accepted Armando as a student.


During his first year at Otis, Armando learned a lot of traditional art fundamentals such as life drawing and still life. When he selected his college major in Digital Media, his mind was overwhelmed with the vast amount of learning material. At this point, Armando had zero knowledge of digital art, but he did his best to learn as much information about the subject. Learning the basics of how to use Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Final Cut Pro, 3D Studio Max, Maya, and Softimage.


Being a part of the Digital Media program at Otis, his focus on becoming a comic book artist changed. Now wanted to become a concept artist for video game companies. Thus he learned how to use a Wacom tablet and paint digitally in Photoshop. For his senior thesis, he created a series of illustrations of Olympic Greek Gods. On May 13, 2006, Armando earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Digital Media.


After college, finding work was hard but not hopeless. Armando continued to learn on his own, creating a website for his portfolio. He decided to better familiarize himself with Adobe Illustrator and InDesign. Because finding a job as a concept artist for a video game company was difficult for him. Armando then pushed himself in a new direction and decided to start a career in graphic design. However, he continued to paint digitally with hopes of finding a job in games.


It wasn't long before, Armando landed a job as a graphic designer for a small mom and pop trophy shop in Gardena, California. His time at the company was short because it was going out of business. After the trophy shop, he worked for another mom and pop company called Logos Two. This company was a screen-printing and embroidery shop located in Paramount, California. He worked as a graphic designer at Logos Two for four years and gained a lot of valuable experience in T-shirt design. This work experience would help him for his next job, working at Crystal Art Gallery as a Graphic Artist.


Armando currently works at Crystal Art Gallery and has been with the company for two and half years. He has designed several pieces for Pier 1 Imports, Hobby Lobby, Big Lots, Kirkland's, Wal-Mart, At Home, Family Dollar, and Dollar General. Working at Crystal Art Gallery has also given him the opportunity to explore with watercolors, which has become one of his favorite mediums to create art.


In 2016, Armando created a business called Dream Pigment. A company based on his life interest and work experience as a graphic artist. His love for his wife and pop culture is why he creates now.


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