Local Student Brings Paper to Life

3 years 5 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, March 05 2019 Mar 5, 2019 March 05, 2019 10:45 PM March 05, 2019 in Sports

EDINBURG - Everybody has a special talent. Maybe you're the star athlete, or speak well in front of a crowd.

Well Joe Ruben Gutierrez Jr's special talent is making a plain piece of paper come to life.

(JOE GUTIERREZ: "I just sit there at my desk, put some music on in my headphones, and just start drawing, and it's like my day just got a whole lot better," said Joe Ruben Gutierrez Jr.

Gutierrez Jr picked up the colored markers at a young age, and never looked back once he began.

"I remember one time my brother started started drawing, and we went over to his friends and his friend was also drawing, and I always admired him drawing," said Gutierrez Jr.

He took an interest in cartoons. But more recently has been testing his skills with sport pieces.

"I found it really entertaining and a lot of fun to sit down and start drawing my best friend, and his teammates, and it really caught my attention to start doing those," said Gutierrez Jr.

The former Economedes graduate is now attending UTRGV. But you wouldn't believe what his major is.

"I am here for an RN, I want to be a nurse when I grow up," said Gutierrez Jr.

But has just recently decided to change his major to pursue his passion.

"I want to become an animator, I want to be able to work for the big companies like Animation, for Disney, for Cartoon Network," said Gutierrez Jr.

One thing the UTRGV freshman has learned once going public with his talent is that not everyone is going to be your biggest fan, and that shouldn't stop you from pursuing your dreams.

"For negativity, I use that as my motivation to be honest," said Gutierrez Jr. "Eventually you just have to learn to do your own thing, you cant let the world judge you, or let that effect who you want to be in life."

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