Airbrush artist Daniel Esparza of Riverside, CA., has been airbrushing for twelve years. “I’ve been doing art in general all my life,” say Daniel. Daniels first art class was when he was in sixth grade at Davis Middle School in Compton, CA. “The only reason we had an art teacher was because our real teacher never showed up to class and the school didn’t know what had happened to him. The substitute teacher wasn’t a real teacher, he was an animator, and so instead of teaching us math or other school work, he showed us how to do figure drawings and animation.” The substitute teacher was only expected to be there for a week but ended up being there the rest of the school year. “He showed us how to draw people and he noticed that I kind of knew how to draw; so he would spend more time helping me develop my art skills.” Right out of high school Daniel got his first airbrushing job, even thou he had never picked up and airbrush before. “My friend got me the job since he knew that I was an artist. He told me that I would learn how to airbrush there since all we would be doing was airbrushing. I picked it up within two weeks.”
Daniel entered an art piece at the LA County Fair and took “best of show”. After that, the same art piece competed against winners from other “best of show” contests through out the state and took second place.
“I’m Mexican and my family is really into anything that has to do with Mexican culture. It just seemed right that my art would reflect my culture.” Daniel has produced several Day of the Dead art pieces and will be working on several more before moving into something different. “I have all these ideas in my head of stuff that no one has done before.”
“Live life as if you will die tomorrow is a saying that I have heard a lot, but you will have no preparation in life if you decide to live like that. You will have no preparation for life and you will be out there celebrating nothing. I believe it is better to work as much as you can for a few years and hopefully after that you can live life the way you want.”
See more of Daniels artwork at BrainStormGallery.com.