Dexter Santos

artist, illustrator, graphic designer, animator

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My experience as a graphic designer comes from 5 years working at (now, an online arts & culture events calendar in San Jose, California. I designed various graphics to help maintain functionality and overall design of the Artsopolis website while also creating graphics for promotions, programs, ticketing, events, and marketing campaigns. During that time, I've done work for various Bay Area organizations such as Ballet San Jose, San Jose Jazz, Renegade Theater Experiment, Tabard Theatre Company, and Team San Jose just to name a few. I also work with dance and event organizations creating designs for their postcards, posters, t-shirts, and websites.

I have been drawing since I was 3 years old and have always been fascinated by art. My inspiration came from reading comic books and watching cartoons. I have a BFA in Character Animation and Visual Effects from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California.

I've done illustration work for author Patricia Kearney's Auntie P children's book series: Where's Grace?, What's Sharing, and Positively Upbeat. All three books are available online through and Barnes & Noble. Where's Grace? received an American Graphic Design Award Certificate of Excellence in 2013 by Graphic Design USA. A fourth book is planned for the future.

My artwork has been featured in art shows, postcards, posters, t-shirts, restaurant menus, children's books, the internet, bus billboards, and even projected on movie screens.

Other interests:

I like drinking mochas and cortados, all things Star Wars, riding motorcycles, traveling the world, dancing to Blues music, going on walks and runs, cooking, watching movies and theater, reading graphic novels (Batman and Star Wars) and books (poetry, historical fiction,sci-fi, and fantasy), practicing yoga, I have a fondness for animals, I like doting on my nephews and niece, listening to music: Jazz, Blues, Soul, Classical, and film scores, and occasionally strum the ukulele.