Magazine article Variety

Miguel Jiron

Magazine article Variety

Miguel Jiron

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"I started drawing before I learned how to write, which is why I grip pencils with four of my fingers," says Miguel Jirón, who was born in Baton Rouge, La., to Nicaraguan parents who spoke Spanish at home. "Growing up, I never felt like I was the same as my peers, just because I ate beans for breakfast," Jirón says.

At first, the young artist was reluctant to incorporate his heritage into his work, although he came around to the idea in grad school at USC, where his explosively colorful (and personal) thesis film, "Lagarto," playfully recreates a childhood trip to Nicaragua, where iguanas come to life in the sun and the sound of rolling R's fills the sky.

"While I was at USC, I learned a little bit of CGI, just enough so I could wrap my brain around it, but it's nothing like putting pen to paper - or stylus to Cintiq these days," says Jirón, who makes his living as a storyboard artist on Illumination's "Minions" movie by day, but spends his nights and weekends working on a short film and comicbook projects. …

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