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Michael James Laforestrie

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I am Native New Yorker, a recent grad of Pratt Institute, with an associates degree in Graphic Design. I'm also an illustrator, combining both my skills as a natural artist to modern forms of media. I grew up illustrating and always pursued a carrier within it. I have a passion for the art of Disney, and was inspired to begin illustrating because of the art in the 1959 animated classic "Sleeping Beauty," the attention to detail made in that film, realizing it was all done by hand; fascinated me into wanting to create and do things of that caliber. I attended the high school of Art and Design and majored in AP illustration. Winning a scholastic art and writing award, in my junior year for a Ink illustration of a still life figure. Loving what i did and wanting to expand my knowledge on art and media after school, i attended Pratt Institute to major in Graphic Design; which improved my skills as an illustrator, as well as minoring in photography. Overall sharpening my skills as an artist and designer to a finer point, but constantly learning with new experiences. I am currently freelancing now, and searching for full time work within the field.