Abril Gutierrez

BFA, Time Arts

https://www.abrilarte.com/

Artist Statement

“Space Girl”, is an animated short film based on a Frances Forever’s song. This film follows the story of Hoshi, a space fanatic, discovering the truth out in our galaxy as well as finding more than she was looking for. Using programs like Clip Studio Paint and Adobe AE with 2D animation, I wanted to recreate this love story with my own characters. This animation is a young LGBT+ love story. As someone who’s been struggling to open up about my own sexuality, this is a huge step for me in embracing myself for who I am as a young queer artist. I hope others will watch this film and feel represented and some connection within the story and characters. In the end, we all deserve to be ourselves without feeling ashamed. 

Biography

Abril Gutierrez is a Times Art BFA candidate with a minor in Deaf Studies at Northern Illinois University with an interest in digital illustration and storyboard animation. They were born in 2000 and live in Belvidere, Illinois. They were self-taught from a young age until they attended Rock Valley College in 2016, where they received their Associate of Art in 2018. They’ve received several awards at the Rembrandt Illinois State Convention, including an Outstanding Artist Award in 2017 as well as being selected for a prize of $500 for their piece in 2018. In Feb. 2018, they were a part of the Illinois High School Art Exhibition, where they received the Senior Scholarship Exhibition Award. They are currently part of NAWA Game Lab Challenge working with international students to create a video game. Aside from NAWA, they are working on creating an animated short film. 

Space Girl, 2021
2D Animation, 1920x1080px 

Space Girl Cover, 2021
2D Still Image, 1920x1080px 

Space Girl Turnabout, 2021
2D Still Image, 5500x3000px

SG bg 1, 2021
2D Still Image, 1920x1080px 

SG bg 4, 2021
2D Still Image, 1920x1080px 

Demo Reel, 2021
2D Animation, 1920x1080px 

Hoshi Turnabout, 2021
2D Still Image, 937x1149px 

Space Girl Turnabout 2, 2021
2D Still Image, 5500x3000px

SG bg 6, 2021
2D Still Image, 1920x1080px 

SG bg 5, 2021
2D Still Image, 1920x1080px 

SG bg 3, 2021
2D Still Image, 1920x1080px 

SG bg 2, 2021
2D Still Image, 1920x1080px 

Abril Gutierrez

BFA, Time Arts

https://www.abrilarte.com/

Artist Statement

“Space Girl”, is an animated short film based on a Frances Forever’s song. This film follows the story of Hoshi, a space fanatic, discovering the truth out in our galaxy as well as finding more than she was looking for. Using programs like Clip Studio Paint and Adobe AE with 2D animation, I wanted to recreate this love story with my own characters. This animation is a young LGBT+ love story. As someone who’s been struggling to open up about my own sexuality, this is a huge step for me in embracing myself for who I am as a young queer artist. I hope others will watch this film and feel represented and some connection within the story and characters. In the end, we all deserve to be ourselves without feeling ashamed. 

Biography

Abril Gutierrez is a Times Art BFA candidate with a minor in Deaf Studies at Northern Illinois University with an interest in digital illustration and storyboard animation. They were born in 2000 and live in Belvidere, Illinois. They were self-taught from a young age until they attended Rock Valley College in 2016, where they received their Associate of Art in 2018. They’ve received several awards at the Rembrandt Illinois State Convention, including an Outstanding Artist Award in 2017 as well as being selected for a prize of $500 for their piece in 2018. In Feb. 2018, they were a part of the Illinois High School Art Exhibition, where they received the Senior Scholarship Exhibition Award. They are currently part of NAWA Game Lab Challenge working with international students to create a video game. Aside from NAWA, they are working on creating an animated short film. 

Space Girl, 2021
2D Animation, 1920x1080px 

Space Girl Cover, 2021
2D Still Image, 1920x1080px 

Space Girl Turnabout, 2021
2D Still Image, 5500x3000px

SG bg 1, 2021
2D Still Image, 1920x1080px 

SG bg 4, 2021
2D Still Image, 1920x1080px 

Demo Reel, 2021
2D Animation, 1920x1080px 

Hoshi Turnabout, 2021
2D Still Image, 937x1149px 

Space Girl Turnabout 2, 2021
2D Still Image, 5500x3000px

SG bg 6, 2021
2D Still Image, 1920x1080px 

SG bg 5, 2021
2D Still Image, 1920x1080px 

SG bg 3, 2021
2D Still Image, 1920x1080px 

SG bg 2, 2021
2D Still Image, 1920x1080px 

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