Hola! My name is Gonzalo Alvarez and I am a First-Generation 23 year old Mexican-American Illustrator, Creative Director, and Game Designer from Port Arthur, TX. I am currently working on a BFA in Drawing at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX and my projected graduation is fall 2017. After graduating I plan to either acquire an MFA in Interactive Media and Game Development at SCAD or begin working full-time on personal projects and in the video game industry.
My work consists of designing and illustration quirky characters in whimsical worlds for comics, illustrations, and video games. Much of illustration influences come from an early fascination with the creepy fantastical stories of my Mexican culture along with the grotesque imagery of Saturday morning cartoons, Tim Burton, and Kentaro Miura.
Growing up, I also had an obsession with the rules and mechanics of video games ,board games, and collectible card games, and remember designing games on paper as early as 8 years old. This has contributed to my current work in the field of game design.
My goals are to mend both of my passion and skillsets for art and game design to create beautiful 2D worlds alongside fun and engaging gameplay.
With only a year of self-taught experience and collaborations, I have produced 2 games.
My first published video game , Borders a small gamejam about immigration inspired by the stories my parents told me growing up, received international attention after creating an art installation for it and led to being interviewed for popular news sites such as Telemundo, Univision, Washington Post, and an invitation to Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017 and E3 2017, along with many other opportunities such as a PBS TV show to air in 2017.
My current full video game project is Paleo Hunter, a hand-drawn local multiplayer brawler where two prehistoric tribes compete to hunt, kill, and return a large boss creature to their base, in a game of capture the flag. This project is currently in development.
I am also working on a Mexican fantasy comic series, The Legend of Polloman, about a about a Chicken warrior and magic Roach travelling the land of Mezzico to defeat Mexican folktale creatures such as La Llorona, El Cucuy, and El Chupacabra. This comic book is part of an effort to expose a greater audience to aspects of Mexican history, folklore, and culture.
I have traveled abroad to Japan and enjoy traveling among others things like playing video games, public speaking, and creating.
If you are interested in commissions for a project, press inquiries, or just simply saying hello, feel free to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org