What is your name and your current occupation?Barry Reynolds – Character designer/Concept/Visual development artist
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
It was pretty much feet first into animation so no tales of stitching clown shoes, yeti herding or selling doors door to door I’m afraid..
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Being the character designer on “The Secret of Kells” was something I have to say I’m very proud of and it was great to see it get the Oscar nod – completely unexpected but a great boost to the whole crew who put their heart into making something we hoped would be worthwhile.. Also, the upcoming “Arthur Christmas” from Aardman and Sony Pictures Animation is another project I’m very happy to have been a part of – working with fantastic and fun people who made coming in to work every day a jolly experience – definitely one of the favourites so far! Others include Irish language graphic novels, “An TÃ¡in” and “Deirdre agus Mic Uisnigh” where I got to expand upon old Irish legends and bring them to a new audience in my own style of drawing…
Apparently I’ve been interested in animation since seeing “The Jungle Book” at the tender age of 4 – it seems I announced my intention to draw for a living back then and apart from brief flirtations with wanting to be an astronaut, a dinosaur hunter and a zoologist, I’ve stuck to me guns..
Depending on the particular project, its a mix of emails, calls and drawing – but mostly drawing..
Designing characters is the best part for me – getting inside their heads and fleshing out personalities with pencils is like magic..
I suppose the constant worry about landing the next job and the fact that there’s no guarantees in this industry…you always have to have one eye out for the future
Hmm, see above..
I’ve been lucky enough to rub shoulders with people like Richard Williams, Glen Keane, Eric Goldberg, Andreas Deja, a lot of the Disney guys from the old Paris studio and also in LA – also Pete Doctor, Mark Andrews and the lads from Pixar – not forgetting Nick Park and all the Aardman chaps like Tim Watts, Matt Jones etc..and everyone I’ve worked with in Europe – all mucho talented and lovely people…
Honestly, whatever life throws at you, you can always take positives from – and the downs make you appreciate the ups so in all fairness I cant say I’ve had it tough…I’m still here!