Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Introducing Our Product Design Director, Leah Eropkin

Hello to all the fellow readers out there! My name is Leah, and I recently joined the creative team at Accent Studios as a graphic designer and illustrator. Naturally, becoming a member of the team was a very exciting moment for me. I feel very honored to work with a group of such talented and ambitious people. With that said, I am greatly looking forward to my creative journey with Accent Studios, and growing a wonderful future here with the amazing founders of the company, Steven and Garrett. Their hard work and dedication at Accent Studios has inspired me to give it my all here, and I'm quite excited to see what the future holds for us all.

Now to share a little bit about myself with you all--let's see, where to start? Professionally speaking, this adventure began with my education at Laguna College of Art and Design, a private art college located in Southern California. Initially I set out to major in illustration. However, my curiosity in experimentation with mixed media led me to take a graphic design course during my freshman year. After doing very well in the course, and falling in love with the discipline entirely, I decided to change my major to graphic design. I felt like graphic design was the perfect major for me because it allowed me to continue using my skills in traditional illustration, while not limiting me to one box.

For example, if I was working on a tee shirt design, I could start off with an illustration in pencil, then manipulate and color that drawing on the computer, turning it into digital artwork. Interestingly enough, I think the fine line between graphic design and illustration became a very blurred one in my work by the time I graduated LCAD. As the years went on, I ended up incorporating both skill sets into my work, thus merging design with illustration to create a fusion genre. It started to become part of my signature design style, and laid the groundwork for all my forthcoming projects. So in short, that's basically the nature of my work today, and how it evolved over the years.

I believe that my strong background in illustration is what led me to Accent Studios as well. I truly feel like I found my niche here since I get to use both my design and illustration skills to create fun wall graphics for our wonderful customers all day. I love the variety and versatility of this job. The fact that our products are so diverse and widespread makes the projects here very enjoyable. I never know what I will be working on next, and I thrive on the element of surprise. Additionally, I feel that our customers definitely shape the look and feel of our products. Because of that, it is my number one priority here at Accent Studios to create that perfect design for everyone. Here at Accent Studios, we are very opened to suiting the needs of every customer, so never feel shy to let us know what you want next. That is why I am proud to be part of this team!

Thank you all for taking the time to read this! I hope it helped you get a better sense of who I am, and my personal goals here at Accent Studios. With that all said, I am looking forward to creating some amazing products for you all! I want to deliver the very best for everyone.

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