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

Hi Gabriel, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Since I was a child my parents used to sign me up for art classes during my weekends and summer months as a kid, which has influenced me to pursue a creative career. I learned the fundamentals of art and continued throughout the years expanding on my knowledge. I knew it would be difficult to make an income off art, so in high school I researched different areas of art professions that I feel would benefit in the long term. I stumbled across a YouTube video where Complex visits a footwear design academy in Portland, Oregon called Pensole Academy. The video is the process of the academy where you design a shoe from scratch and turn it into a real sneaker, which you then present to designers at Nike, Adidas, and other sportswear companies. As someone who is a big sneakerhead, I was inspired to go the graphic design route. In high school I took graphic design classes, which helped me learn the fundamentals of the main Adobe softwares like Illustrator and Photoshop. The graphic design industry is continuing to grow to this day and as I enjoyed these classes, I knew this was something I wanted to pursue in college. Attending the University of Texas at Arlington, I have gained new design techniques, sharpened my skills, and learned marketing tactics that will benefit my personal brand, Azcara Design. As of now Azcara Design is my design portfolio but will soon change to my clothing line. As I move forward in my creative career I look to continue to learn more about my profession and network with other graphic designers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. My end goal is to become a footwear/apparel designer for Nike, Adidas, or any other sportswear brand.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a multimedia visual designer who is masterminding a modern wave of creativity around the world. I design various layouts for print, digital, apparel, and motion graphics as part of my profession. My publication “The Extraterrestrial Species,” which was on display at the 8th Annual UTA Typography Exhibition, is among my best-known pieces. My goal in undertaking this project was to produce a classified journal about the extraterrestrial species held in storage at Area 51. The audience is given the impression that they are touching alien skin thanks to the effects and heavy textured paper. Another piece of work I’m known for is the “Bed Races” shirt I made for the Bed Races event at UT-Arlington. My idea was to design a retro race car theme, as the event has been going since 1980. It brings me joy to see other people walking around campus in the shirt I designed, as my ultimate dream is to launch a clothing line. The positive feedback I received on my design also serves as inspiration for new apparel designs in the future. What sets me apart from other designers in the industry is my precise attention to detail, unmatched work ethic, and innovative vision. I am a self-disciplined individual who is committed to achieving my clients’ imaginative visions, by expanding my creative boundaries and implementing innovative concepts to execution.

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 enjoy helping small businesses because I am aware of the challenges and commitment those owners have in building their brands. When my best friend visits the area, the first place I would take them is to Maestro’s Tacos for lunch in Fort Worth, Texas. One of the greatest Hawaiian restaurants in the area is Coco Shrimp, which is another excellent place to eat. They serve their breaded and hand-battered shrimp with rice, salad, and as many as five different dipping sauce flavors. I’ve always been a huge sports fan and attend a lot of local games, including Dallas Cowboy, FC Dallas, and Texas Rangers games. I would take my friend to a sporting event and sit in the all-you-can-eat sections, depending on which teams are in season. Dallas offers a fantastic nightlife that includes bars, concerts, and hangouts. The Katy Trail Ice House, a popular trailside patio beer garden with great margaritas, is an interesting place to visit. Another location in the neighborhood is Deep Ellum, home to Dated Fated Worn, a vintage clothing retailer that offers some of the most upscale apparel from the 1990s. The wonderful 9-mile Cedar Ridge Trail is a great place to visit in the morning. It is pet-friendly and offers some amazing views of the surrounding area. The Dallas Aquarium is a great place to spend a day or two. It usually takes the majority of the day, but it’s well worth it to see some of the most unusual fish, birds, and mammals. These are a few of my favorite places in DFW, places I would recommend to visitors or those who are not locals.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to give a shoutout to my family, my mother, father, and two sisters for always supporting me in my journey.

Website: https://www.azcaradesign.com/

Instagram: @azcaradesign

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gazcarate/

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