Jose Checa is a freelance Visual Designer and Art Director based in Spain that creates stunning 3D images.Throughout his career, he has worked for companies such as 1st Ave Machine, CHRLX, Dvein, DDB and Roof Studio.
(All artists have to answer the same 10 questions.)
1. First and Last Name
2. Where are you from? And where are you currently living?
Spain, currently living in Zaragoza.
3. What’s your main influences?
Movies, cinematography, video games, design, fashion, art, nature…
4. How was your path until this moment? How did you start?
After finishing my degree in Computer Science Engineering, I worked as software engineer for a short period of time. At that time, I used to spend a lot of my free time learning After Effects, Photoshop and Cinema 4D just for fun. At some point, I realized I really wanted to focus my professional career in the design industry.
I studied a Master’s degree in Communication and Art Direction and almost at the same time, I got an internship at the UX department of a big telecommunication company in Spain. A few months later, I got a job as a motion designer at a production company in Barcelona where I learned a lot of the foundations of the design industry.
In 2011 I moved to New York City and joined 1st Ave Machine, where I worked full time for more than 2 years, first as a motion designer and gradually as a visual designer and art director. It was an incredible experience and I had the opportunity to get involved in a lot of great projects and work with a bunch of super talented people.
It was an incredible experience and I had the opportunity to get involved in a lot of great projects and work with a bunch of super talented people.
Since 2014, I work remotely as a 3D Designer and Art Director for different studios and agencies around the globe, most of them in US.
5. Where do you see yourself next?
Keep learning and growing as a professional and pushing myself to explore different styles and other aspects of design. Directing, collaborating and joining forces with other designers are things I’m definitely interested in.
6. Knowing what you know now, what would be your advice for people in the same area?
Focus on what you love. Work hard and demand more from yourself than anyone else. Do personal projects. Always try to surround yourself with people better than you, you’ll learn a lot from them.
Work hard and demand more from yourself than anyone else.
7. Is there something you are terrible at :)?
8. Tell us 3 things you like
9. And 3 things you don’t
- Muggy days
10. Last question, what are you listening at the moment (band, specific music or album)
Vaults, Justin Hurwitz and Run the Jewels to name a few.
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