What is your name and your current occupation?
Arthur Loftis, Background Design/Painter and Prop Design at Six Point Harness
Axe murderer. Next question.What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
My first job out of college was BG clean-up artist on The Goode Family. It was a Mike Judge show on ABC that few people seem to remember, but it was genuinely funny and I learned a lot while I was there. Way more than I did from the murdering.
I’m from Redondo Beach, CA. I got into animation right after I finished up my BFA at USC. One of my professors, Phil Hayes, helped me land the clean-up job on The Goode Family. I owe him a lot.
What’s a typical day like for you with regards to your job?
I show up in the morning, check on my list of backgrounds that need to be roughed out, and set to work on those. We’re a small studio, so when the roughs are all in, I’ll end up doing some of the clean-up and painting myself. It’s a great place to get a lot of experience doing different jobs. I have portfolio pieces that I can show to people and say, “I handled this whole BG from start to finish.”
Impossible deadlines. I don’t think any of us enjoy seeing the product suffer because of a crazy deadline. But it happens.
Cintiq 21UX, Windows 7, Photoshop. Sometimes Flash. Sometimes SketchUp. And the most powerful computer of all: the human mind.
In your travels, have you had any brushes with animation greatness?
I got to work with Carol Wyatt at Six Point Harness. She’s one of the best colorists out there.
Describe a tough situation you had in life.
Deciding to go into art in the first place was challenging. I know a lot of people who, like me, had a hard time convincing their families that art is a legitimate profession that you can make a decent living in. I spent a year in engineering school before I finally made the big switch to fine art, and I’ve never looked back. The way I see it, you have to work hard to succeed in anything. But if you’re going to work that much, you may as well do something you enjoy.
Always seek out new inspiration. Anyone can tell you to work hard and practice constantly, but once you’re inspired it gets a whole lot easier to motivate yourself.