David Concepcion

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What is your name and your current occupation?
David Concepcion. I work as a Flash Animator and Graphic Designer for a Web Company in White Plains, NY

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I was a flower delivery boy at one time. I also worked in a steel mill on a lathe turning out nuts and screws.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I started at Don Bluth as an animator straight out of art school. They were in the middle of “An American Tale”.  Since I started late on it I didn’t get full animators credit but I did receive Additional Animation credit.  I also enjoyed working on various TV shows like Mighty Mouse, Doug and Dora the Explorer.  You can see more samples of my work at my blog.

How did you become interested in animation?
When I was a kid, I saw Jungle Book in the theater for the first time. I was mesmerized by it.

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I’m from Newark, NJ and was told by a friend about a school in Dover, NJ called, The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art. After graduation I packed up my small family and moved out west.

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

I work in White Plains and at home on e-cards and full illustration for landing pages for the gaming web sites. Not to mention a few freelance gigs I do during the year.
What part of your job do you like best? Why?

Everything..I like to start new jobs and develop them into something from nothing..It’s a lot of fun.

What part of your job do you like least? Why?
The commute. I hate driving in. It’s about an hour and half drive so I tend to work from home a lot.

What is the most difficult part for you about being in the business?
Finding extra jobs on the side..Not much out there these days…

What kind of technology do you work with on a daily basis?
I work on my Cintiq at home on a PC. At work I work on a Mac. I work in Flash, Photoshop and Sketchbook Pro
along with Illustrator and Painter..
In your travels, have you had any brushes with animation greatness?
Yes I was fortunate enough to have as my teacher in art Milt Neil. He was such a talent from the old days at Disney.
He worked on Donald Duck cartoons and animated on Fantasia and Dumbo..He would tell us what it was like to work at Disney
around the 1930’s and 40’s. Great stuff.

Describe a tough situation you had in life.
I once had Spinal meningitis.
Any side projects or you’re working on or hobbies you’d like to share details of?
None right now.
Any unusual talents or hobbies like tying a cherry stem with your tongue or metallurgy?


Is there any advice you can give for an aspiring animation student or artist trying to break into the business?
Study the greats…learn from them and then do your own stuff…Learn how to draw and study the human body. Never give up and push ahead.

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  1. I bought a box of animation art at a auction in London Ohio many years ago and just stumbled on your things and wondered if you wanted it back.

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