What is your name and your current occupation?
I’m Patrick Reyntens,Â an animator/designer from Antwerp, Belgium.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I checked tiny parts for helicopters. I had to push a button if the part was faulty, but I never pushed the button. The company went bankrupt 3 months after I left.Â I once had to crush slightly deformed potato chips for pigs. For half a year or so I gaveÂ drawing classes to prisoners. I once made aÂ caricatureÂ of a prisoner. Him in a ballerina outfit. Afterwards I found out he was aÂ pedophile…I guess that’s why that was the last time I saw him. The last lesson, one of the prisoners wanted to give me a goodbye party and dropped a bag ofÂ marijuana on the table and started to distribute joints to his buddies. That was weird, but what could I do, they were already in prison…
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I worked on a show called ‘Staines down drains’ in New Zealand. The show was really funny.Â I worked on numerous projects after that as an animator and designer. Please check out check out my blogÂ to see what I’ve been up to.
I have been drawing like mad when I was a kid. I drew my own comics. They were mainly about people getting killed in different ways.I remember making drawings on top of each other. After a couple of minutes nothing but a big blue ball (I was drawing with a blue ball pen) would remain…When I had to choose what master degree I wanted to get I chose art history. Basically you had to bullshit about other peoples work and I felt that I’d rather be on the other side of the table so I chose to go to a film school to get my master in animation.
I’m from Belgium, one of the weirdest countries on earth. We are like Canada, divided into two parts, a Dutch part and a French one and we never agree. That’s why we still don’t have a government after more than a year.Â But I can tell you, a country works perfectly without a government. Â I first started to teach art and then I got an offer to work on an animated series for an English studio from Bristol. I could work from home in Flash. I quit my daytime job and went a full time animator from then on.
I like to start the day with some blog searching to get inspired. Then I try to tackle the hard stuff first so I can take it easy in the late afternoon when I get sleepy.
The pre production and the rough animation. I love my rough animation and sketches more than my finished work.Â What I like about the company I work for now is that it is pretty easy going. I’m the only animator in the company but it also means that I have some not animation related jobs to do from time to time and that sucks monkey balls.
Competition is mad. You have tons of freaky young kids who are way more talented than you…Then again, I have a nice smile.
I use a cintiq, toon boom animate, after effects andÂ Photoshop.Â I did a character animation course for 3 months in Denmark guided by Pixar animators but I don’t do 3D animation a lot at my current job. It’s mainly digital 2D.
I wasÂ taughtÂ by Rich Quade, one of the early animators at Pixar. He did the first tests with Woody for Toy Story! Â I once
I once had to share something with someone and it turned out I ended up with less than I had before. Sucks…
In order to remain sane I have a cartoon blog. Please visit it. It is very sad and a bitÂ embarrassingÂ so you will feel much better about yourself after visiting the blog: Â Anyway I have lots of fun with the blog and I plan on animating some of the cartoons. I’m currently working on one!
I can kill God with a single thought and I play guitar!
Don’t steal my job or I will kick your ass! Other than that…Be passionate, if you don’t have passion for it, you probably have passion for something else. Find out what it is and go for it, even if it is beekeeping.