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

Hi Quintin, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Learning how how to enjoy the journey, but never getting too comfortable with my process.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My journey was very interesting in that I generally knew what I wanted to do, but by casting a wide net, I tried many different approaches to a creative career. I learned product design, animation, 3D modeling, oil painting, and much more to craft a comprehensive outlook of what I did and did not want to do. What I didn’t realize was that it is very easy to get caught up in the loop of learning. What I gained in a sudden surge of skills, I lost in a creative voice. It wasn’t until I started working professionally that I began deconstructing how and why I made images. I’ve always struggled with being too rigid in my technical approach. By breaking down my influences and embracing the organic aspects of image making, I soon discovered how to focus on what was important and care less about technique or finish. Being open minded has been the largest factor to my early successes. I’ve always been hungry to learn and improve. Now it’s about keeping things fun, while moving forward. At best, my challenges are refreshing. It’s honestly focus that is fleeting. I get busier every year and notice that the time I had to create independently was much more precious than I realized. Those moments of self exploration are what I live for currently. I want people to know that anyone can create work that makes them happy. I was never the best at art growing up, but I just kept pushing forward, experimenting, and growing until I found that fulfilling path.

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?
I would immediately take them to Koreatown for late night filled with soju, kbbq, and dancing. For the next day, we’d grab a coffee at Cafecito and make our way to Jewel just up the street for brunch. If it’s summer, I’d want them to experience Zuma beach. Spring or Fall, I’d take them to Huntington Gardens to sketch and paint. For dinner, we’d head to Spoke Bicycle Café and grab a few beers at the Frogtown Brewery. By late into the night, I’d keep our travels close to the NoHo Arts District where we could play some pool, drink, and hit up the nearby food trucks. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Dave Pasciuto. I first met Dave when I was studying entertainment design in Chicago. His classes opened my eyes to the drive and dedication required to work as a professional artist. Dave and I have collaborated on several projects over the years and launched several Kickstarters. Robot Envy being our largest to date. We’re currently running an online school together, Chimirus. This will be my first time teaching and I wouldn’t have this opportunity if it wasn’t for all the years I spent working and studying alongside Dave. He provided me with a creative foundation that allowed me to seriously pursue my dreams.

Website: https://www.quintinpuebla.com/

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