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BURBANK ART STUDENT'S WORK STANDS OUT IN THE L.A. SCENE.

Byline: Nathaniel Greely Staff Writer

Jaime Cuevas has drawn portraits of his family for years, but when he finished a portrait of his son for class, the 29-year-old Burbank art student didn't expect to see it towering over Los Angeles at the Tallest Art Show in L.A.

Cuevas is one of four winners whose art is displayed on banners 15 feet by 25 feet, suspended 130 feet high over Park LaBrea. His entry in the university student category, titled ``My Son,'' combines the traditional medium of colored pencil with the new techniques of computer art to express a simple love for family.

Cuevas said his family is the inspiration for most of his art. They were also the inspiration for his move to the United States from Mexico eight years ago.

``I got married and I thought there was more opportunity in the United States,'' Cuevas said. ``I was already a citizen, because I was born in East L.A. and moved to Mexico when I was 6.''

Although drawing has been a passion for Cuevas his entire life, he started his education in electronics and communication. After moving to the United States, he spent four years in the Navy, which helped pay for his art schooling at Woodbury University in Burbank.

During that time, he became interested in the possibilities presented by combining traditional art and computer art.

``The computer is just a tool,'' Cuevas said. ``Some people think the computer will do all the work for them. It helps you work faster, but it's just a tool.''

Cuevas plans to start a career in Web design, but he also hopes to continue drawing color pencil portraits like the ones he does of his family.

``I want to continue to develop my traditional art skills as well,'' he said.

The Tallest Art Show in L.A. banners will be displayed over Park La Brea, at Third Street and Fairfax in Los Angeles, through the rest of the year. Commissioned by Park LaBrea management, the banners will anchor the exhibit at Art in the Park festival 2000. Art in the Park supports Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times.

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Photo: Jaime Cuevas stands atop Park LaBrea, where his portrait of his son is on display.

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