We had the good fortune of connecting with Angy Angrand and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angy, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My thought process behind starting my own business was not so easy. I knew I had the talent, but the execution process was the challenging part. I was the type of designer that just wanted to do the work and not run my own business. I was reluctant on starting my own for a very long time. I finally told myself not to let my talents go to waste and use it to help other small businesses and up and comers grow. I find many new business startups do not know where to begin in finding the elements to bring their brand to life, so I decided to start my own business and use my talents to assist others.
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.
What set me apart from other artists is the fact that I can create everything from scratch. I’m very old-school and when I couldn’t find something I would draw it myself. I am an artist at heart and if a client need something created from their imagination, I draw it and produce it for them without having to use clip art or something existing for their brand. With a lot of designs today, if you were to search online carefully, you may see reproductions and elements that someone else has done before of your own product. I do not practice that in branding your business.
The project I am most proud of is working on a low budget movie called “The Kids from 62-F 1n 2016”. I worked on the main alien concept designs and the spaceship design for this movie and was very excited to see it go from concept to screen.
How I got here today professionally is having the will to stay relevant in the graphic design field. Being a graphic designer in this fast moving industry is not easy! It’s very challenging, Once you have learned a new program or a new process to further your skills for your business. The industry changes and allows the ordinary joe to become their own designer. This make it tougher to be unique among the rest of the ‘drag and drop’ designers of today. So I continue to stay on top of this fast moving industry by learning as much as I can keep up with. The lessons I’ve learned in this industry is to be patient and be aware of the ever changing industry in my field. It help to know what upcoming product or service that may interrupt my business and get ahead of it. Or just learn the new process and use it wisely. As the old saying goes “if you can’t beat them, join them!”
I like the world to know that my company “angranddesigns.com“, provide something most other companies may not offer, and that is the love of the work. I love what I do and I tend to carry that across to the projects that I design for my clients no matter what the job is.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Upon my best friends arrival in the Longbeach area, we would first have lunch at ‘Shenandoah at the Arbor’. A small restaurant in Los Alamitos where the American cuisine is very tasty. Next we will take a nice walk down to Shoreline Village in Longbeach where the there’s plenty of things to see and do, We will have dinner at Parkers’ Lighthouse. This upscale supper club offers an unforgettable dining experience. On day two we would head out to Downtown Disney where we can hang out all day. Lunch will be in La Brea Bakery Cafe for artisanal sandwiches and fresh California cuisine. For dinner we will do Naples Ristorante. The charm, cuisine and spirit of southern Italy is excellent to finish off the night. Day three will be fun and easy with a mini golf day at Golf n’ Stuff in Norwalk. For dinner that day will be at Maderas Steakhouse in Los Alamitos where the meals are delicious and plentiful. Day four will be a relaxing day of shopping and eating at Seal Beach. Lunch at Finbars Italian Kitchen will fill us up as we walk about the pier to take in the view of the beach life. We will end off the night with dinner at the Abby Main Street Pub and Grill. Day five, will be a day to visit Santa Monica Pier where there’s plenty of fun and dining experiences there to choose from. Day six we will visit Laguna beach. Here, we will visit the art galleries, the shopping centers and explore the beach life. Day seven we will take a trip to the Hollywood Observatory and then have lunch and dinner at the many surrounding restaurants of their choice.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First, I’d like to give a shoutout to the creative talents that I have the pleasure to work with directly providing the opportunity to build upon their projects and allowing me to add my creativity to their brand. Although, there are many inspirational artists in the comic book world that inspired me to do what I do growing up. Artist’s like Jim Lee, Scott Campbell, Todd McFarlane and way too many more to list. On that note, I like to shoutout my personal friend and mentor Ryan Benjamin who was sort of my stepping stone to the world of comics and fine art in general. Just watching him work sent my imagination soaring to the things that I can accomplish today. Another close friend with a talent that I grew up with, (that practically took me under his wing), is Orlando Plein. His mastery of making cosmetic gold fronts out of Miami, Fl., he gave me the opportunity to startup an airbrushing business at an early age. I also would like to thank my friend Frank Oliver of Phat Auto Wraps in Miami, FL., for introducing me to the world of vehicle wraps. He thought me the basics since the beginning and I am ever grateful for that knowledge.