ROCK FALLS – As a child, Mitchell Vizensky happily watched cartoons for hours. His favorites were Ren and Stimpy, Rocko’s Modern Life and Beavis and Butt-Head.
It’s a love that lasted well beyond childhood.
Vizensky, 22, a 2007 Rock Falls High grad, is just weeks away from graduating from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design with a Bachelor in Fine Arts.
His passion is drawing and animation. The cartoons he used to watch in the ’90s are his inspiration.
“If you see my artwork, a lot of personality comes out in it,” he said. “I consider myself expressionist. I create my entire world.”
He plans to broaden his horizons even further.
“This summer I am going to produce a short film,” Vizensky said. “I want to get into the film festival circuit. After I see how that pans out, I would get a studio saying, we like your short film, we would like to turn it into television or a full-length feature film.”
Vizensky plans to apply for a wide variety of jobs in the industry, at companies such as DreamWorks Animation and Pixar.
He’s also skilled in technology and Web design. He designed his personal website, mitchellv.me, which showcases his drawings and portfolio. On campus, he has a job as a computer technician.
He also does patent drawings on the side, illustrating inventions for entrepreneurs who want to make their vision a reality.
This summer, when he’s not looking for a job, he also will be illustrating a children’s book written by Rock Falls High School teacher and author Brenda Fiorini.
Vizensky’s mother, Louise Ochoa, said she has watched her son create artwork for a long time.
“He and his little sister [Amy] knew growing up what they wanted to be,” Ochoa said. “He always told me he wanted to create, and I think he is well on his way to do that.”
She and other family members went to Milwaukee to see his senior thesis showcase; she was extremely proud, she said – her son was one of only three students who was awarded $500 to help pay for his senior project.
“That helped me a lot,” Vizensky said. “I was super surprised I got it. Our school is more worried about industrial design. Usually the money goes to that program.”
Vizensky encourages young adults with a passion to pursue their dreams at full speed.
“If I could go back and tell myself something, it would be to never stop drawing,” he said. “If it’s not fun, it’s not going to be good. If it’s not fun, it’s going to show that you are not enjoying yourself.
“As long as you are true and doing what you love, you are going to succeed.”
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To see his work
Artist Mitchell Vizensky, 22, is the son of Louise and Frank Ochoa, and has a sister, Amy, 18, and a brother, Eric, 32, all of Rock Falls.
Go to www.mitchellv.me for a gallery of photos, more information and contact information.