Karly MacDonald


What is you’re name and current occupation?Karly MacDonald,I am a character design artist .
How did you become interested in animation?
I always liked drawing and painting from the time I was a child. Growing up watching lots of Disney and Don Bluth, animation was a natural career choice.

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business? 
I am from Fox Point Nova Scotia, Canada. After graduating from animation school in Toronto, I was soon hired by a local animation studio doing character design.

What’s a typical day like for you with regards to your job? 

A typical busy day at work goes by quickly, at times hard to believe I get to draw for a living, it’s great!

What part of your job do you like best? Why? 

I like creating beautiful characters, I like it best when the director and clients are also pleased with results.

What part of your job do you like least? Why? 

In general I do not like it when people are vague in communication, it wastes valuable time.

What is the most difficult part for you about being in the business? 

When there is work, ALL you do is work, and when times are slow it can be very tiring always hunting for new projects.

What kind of technology do you work with on a daily basis? 
Flash, Toonboom, Photoshop, Correll Painter

In your travels, have you had any brushes with animation greatness?

Yes, while still in school I was working a Fan Expo convention for a comic book store I worked at, after the convention- Stephen Silver, David Coleman and Joe Weatherly came to our store for a book signing…it was my first time feeling star stunned and tried my best not to appear like the geeky fan girl that I truly am : )

Describe a tough situation you had in life. 

My first job out of high school I was hired by a small animation company as an animator, after being there about a month I realized that all of my colleges had been to a college to learn specific animation  skills and I had been self taught. Once this caught on the studio could no longer pay me as they were everyone else because I did not have the “skills on paper” but I was more than welcome to stay and keep working for free. I left the studio, moved to Toronto and attended an animation school…I now have a animation diploma and have begun a fantastic career! (So far no one has asked to see that that $50,000 piece of paper) but I have the confidence to compete in industry.
Any side projects or you’re working on or hobbies you’d like to share details of?
I  illustrate children’s books, landscape and wildlife painting, freelance comics, and enjoy outdoor sports like hiking, swimming, snowboarding- anything outdoors in nature.
Any unusual talents or hobbies like tying a cherry stem with your tongue or metalurgy?
None that I am aware of.
Is there any advice you can give for an aspiring animation student or artist trying to break into the business?
I still feel that I am only beginning to break into the business. Work hard for what you want, live with passion! And as simple as it sounds- Be good to people.

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