My name is Anthony M. Grimaldi, a resident of New York City, a metropolis of successful and starving artists of every stripe and persuasion. I am content to be either, but never to be neither.
I am a born artist and illustrator, with a fierce creative drive. As a child, I was always drawing, sketching, and building sets for my friends and I to play on with our toys. As a young man, to earn a living, I engaged in many creative pursuits, including theater, acting, drumming, and cooking as well. As my twenties drew to a close, I decided to pursue an artistic career more determinedly and purposefully, so in 2000 I attended the Katherine Gibbs School and acquired an Associate’s Degree in Visual Communications.
After graduating, I personally submitted my resume and portfolio samples to almost every graphic design studio in New York City. With little experience, I was not hired as quickly as I had hoped, so in 2005 I joined the US Navy as a Mass Communications Specialist. In the Navy I was able to utilize my talents for 2 years by designing posters, promotions, and advertisements aboard the USS Saipan and designed layout, banners, text and photo corrections for its yearbook.
After my honorable discharge in 2007, I attended The Institute for New Age Training, acquired employment with EMCOR Services, and decided the best route to working as professional graphic designer was to obtain skills and a Bachelor's degree in Web Design & Interactive Media, upon which I attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online. After graduating in 2010, I decided I did not want to earn a living designing websites, as it was wholly technical, slow, and not creatively rewarding. Illustration, however, was totally creative, artistic, and completely rewarding.
Therefore, I decided instead to promote and market myself as JourneyManDesigns: Graphic Design Artist & Illustrator with the intent of freelancing and acquiring a client base, although still submitting my resume and portfolio to companies for full time employment. The modern business world thrives and functions on global inter-connectivity and communication more than ever, and it will only increase. This is an area I daily explore and navigate with expertise and knowledge, allowing me to discover and establish contact with a vast variety of potential clients and business opportunities to develop and grow my own personal business.
Using nothing but persistence and perseverance has inspired me to strike out independently as a freelancer, globally seeking individuals, companies and opportunities to design and create.
Member since 2011
Region: New York: Metropolitan
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