What is your name and your current occupation?
Arlyne Ramirez: Clean Up artist and freelance storyboard revisionist at Rough Draft Studios.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I dressed up as the Easter Bunny at a mall. That was interesting.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Good Vibes Season 1, and The Ricky Gervais Show Season 3. And Currently proud to have worked on Futurama season 7.
How did you become interested in animation?
By watching a lot of cartoons as a young child. Ranging from Popeye to Ren and Stimpy.
Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
Born and raised in Southern California. I went to school to learn about animation, and got my first animation job through a friend.
What’s a typical day like for you with regards to your job?
Sitting in front of my light-desk and cleaning up characters, props and backgrounds for 8+ hours on pencil and paper, while listening to the radio on my phone.
What part of your job do you like best? Why?
I like the environment and people that I work with. Everybody is so nice, and it makes me feel comfortable to work. Also love the feeling of working in a team, and being part of something bigger.
What part of your job do you like least? Why?
I’ve developed a bad habit of sitting crooked, so I have to visit the Chiro every now and then to adjust my spine. It’s hard to avoid getting back problems because of the way I have to work.
What kind of technology do you work with on a daily basis?
At the moment, it’s simply a light table, rulers, and mechanical pencils.
What is the most difficult part for you about being in the business?
The lack of job security sometimes worries me. Especially in this economy, it’s hard to keep a steady job. Also hope that the project that you’re working on gets picked up again, or that they hire you back. It’s a very competitive field as well.
In your travels, have you had any brushes with animation greatness?
Describe a tough situation you had in life.
Fortunately, I haven’t had any huge problems to deal with yet. I have friends and family to support me, and I’ve been very grateful for that.
Any side projects or you’re working on or hobbies you’d like to share details of?
When I have time, I like of work on this small comic of a character based on myself wearing a penguin costume.
Any unusual talents or hobbies like tying a cherry stem with your tongue or metallurgy?
I’ve been practicing kung fu for 5 years now. And before that took karate and Tae Kwon do for 7 years. I love martial arts. 🙂
Is there any advice you can give for an aspiring animation student or artist trying to break into the business?
Don’t give up, and take your time developing as an artist. Don’t expect success overnight. Everything takes time, but the results will be worth it. I’m still learning myself, and hope to keep getting better and better over time. Also networking helps A LOT. That’s how I got my first job in the business. 🙂