Paul Michael Montelongo, a digital artist living in Santa Clarita, CA was born in 1979.  Having an appreciation for art at an early age, from pre-school through high school you could always find him drawing and creating.  It was not until college that he was introduced to the concept of digital media, the first computer art class he took was Painter,  at Rio Hondo in Whittier, CA.  The next course that would take him even deeper into Digital media and change his direction to digital art, was Photoshop 5.0.  He had found his calling with digital art, and Photoshop was his main tool. Paul did not jump into becoming a digital artist right away; during college, he went on to use his Photoshop skills as a graphic designer. He soon spent the coming years growing his talent as a freelance graphic designer, providing work for clients from startup to medium size businesses with branding, logo development and marketing designs. Even with a nice career as a graphic designer for 16 years, he knew this was not where his passion was.

 

In February 2016, now married with 3 kids, Paul decided to take hold of that passion and create for himself.  Encouraged and motivated by his wife, he created his first 6 piece series, “Heart”.  His first creative piece titled “Red Heart”, which was the birth of the design style he would eventually adopt throughout the theme of the series and even within the next two.  As a digital artist, he is thankful for the opportunity to finally create with the imagination and talent God had blessed him with. Urks Design is the final stamp of claiming this art career as his own, taking on a nickname given to him growing up.  Paul now brands himself as a digital artist, using the same skills he had used for so many years as a graphic designer.

"Creating art is like a performance, even if no one's there to watch it."

There’s a hidden appreciation in finding life in something that has been cast away for being old or even broken.  My work combines Photoshop with Photography to convey my creative imagination.  The beauty of distress I combine with that of each model gives a perfect balance for each piece created. Being able to take what was an idea or a concept, than see it  finally completed in print form is a rewarding feeling as an Artist. Knowing that people appreciate my work is amazing, but  finding freedom in creating for myself is deeply rewarding.

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 Paul Michael Montelongo, a digital artist living in Santa Clarita, CA was born in 1979.  Having an appreciation for art at an early age, from pre-school through high school you could always find him drawing and creating.  It was not until college that he was introduced to the concept of digital media, the first computer art class he took was Painter,  at Rio Hondo in Whittier, CA.  The next course that would take him even deeper into Digital media and change his direction to digital art, was Photoshop 5.0.  He had found his calling with digital art, and Photoshop was his main tool. Paul did not jump into becoming a digital artist right away; during college, he went on to use his Photoshop skills as a graphic designer. He soon spent the coming years growing his talent as a freelance graphic designer, providing work for clients from startup to medium size businesses with branding, logo development and marketing designs. Even with a nice career as a graphic designer for 16 years, he knew this was not where his passion was.

In February 2016, now married with 3 kids, Paul decided to take hold of that passion and create for himself.  Encouraged and motivated by his wife Melissa, he created his first 6 piece series, “Heart”.  His first creative piece titled “Red Heart”, which was the birth of the design style he would eventually adopt throughout the theme of the series and even within the next two.  As a digital artist, he is thankful for the opportunity to finally create with the imagination and talent God had blessed him with. Urks Design is the final stamp of claiming this art career as his own, taking on a nickname given to him growing up.  Paul now brands himself as a digital artist, using the same skills he had used for so many years as a graphic designer.

"Creating art is like a performance, even if no one's there to watch it."

There’s a hidden appreciation in finding life in something that has been cast away for being old or even broken.  My work combines Photoshop with Photography to convey my creative imagination.  The beauty of distress I combine with that of each model gives a perfect balance for each piece created. Being able to take what was an idea or a concept, than see it  finally completed in print form is a rewarding feeling as an Artist. Knowing that people appreciate my work is amazing, but  finding freedom in creating for myself is deeply rewarding.