About Me

My name is Christian Paz and I am a third-year at City Tech. I aspire to be a professional animator and storyteller and to create a piece of media that many people can enjoy. This dream of mine all started when I was 7 years old. I have an older sister who is 3 years older who would always draw cartoon animals in front of me. They looked very fun to draw, so I started taking my class notebooks and started making my own doodles inside of them. Throughout, my childhood I would find it to be one of my favorite hobbies. One of my favorite things to do was crudely stapling together pages of copy paper and creating my own comic books with a cast of characters I would find myself drawing often. At the age of 12-13 was when I found my true calling as an artist and a creative. I often found myself watching a lot of internet animations and was truly inspired by these amateur or independent animations found on websites such as youtube and newgrounds. Most creators that I followed, had a, “learn it yourself philosophy” that inspired me. When I got my first laptop at the age of 13 I pirated Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Flash CS5 and began teaching myself, how to make cartoons. By the time I got into highschool, I already knew that I wanted to become a professional animator. High School was a game changer for me because my older sister let me borrow her Adobe Creative Cloud she was using for college. No more pirated programs, I was now able to learn with up to date programs and with many more of them at my disposal. In highschool I taught myself how to use Adobe Animate, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After effects and even dabbled in some Illustrator.
By the time I came into City Tech, I had found it to be a true learning experience. Many concepts that are taught throughout the classes are concepts that I already understand about the programs or they’re easy to pick up. I am enjoying creating work at City Tech that will soon end up in my professional portfolio. I hope to not only help myself, but to help others along the way on my journey as an inspiring artist.