Bryan Ballinger

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Associate Professor of Digital Media Arts,  Freelance Illustrator, and Collector of Absurd Non-Perishable Food Items.

 

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Shoveling out chicken coops was probably the craziest.  Between kamikaze roosters and all the airborne particulate matter, it wasn’t the most effervescent experience…
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
One of my favorite projects was doing the artwork the popsicle stick theater segments for some episodes of the VeggieTales Animated series , Another project was doing the art work for an animated TV spot for the National Associate of Broadcasters.   I also did some illustration work for a Finnish Blues Band called The Milk Cows.

How did you become interested in animation?
When I was a kid my dad used to show me the old original Popeye cartoons, which he himself loved. So that’s probably when my interest started. What really  blew my socks off though is when Continue…

Paolo Libunao

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What is your name and your current occupation?
I’m Paolo Libunao. Not much of an animator. I’m into pre-visualization i.e. story boarding and concept art. I also illustrate comic books and other stuff. I work freelance.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I don’t think I’ve done any crazy jobs.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
There’s “Armor Quest” a graphic novel from Rising Star Studios. Concept art for “Earth-Steel-Stone”. As for story boards, well there are those that I made for video game cinematics for Raptura Games.

How did you become interested in animation?
As a kid we all loved watching cartoons, I loved drawing them. It became Continue…

Daniel Swartz

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Daniel Swartz, Assistant Professor & Freelance Illustrator.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into illustration?
Most of my earlier jobs have been crazy! I worked in a popcorn factory for awhile to pay for undergrad. I was constantly covered in oil and grease. It was a great incentive to finish school! I also worked at state and county fairs for a couple summers. 14 weeks of fair food is not as fun as it sounds.

 

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
A few years ago I did the illustration for Virginia’s summer reading program for tweens. I enjoyed knowing that my illustration was helping promote reading. I read a fair amount, and think it is imperative we pass on the joy of reading to the next generations. My first children’s book is coming out soon as well. (Duckville, Wesleyan Publishing House) It is executed entirely in natural-media and I just love the tactile, accidental feel of the illustrations. My big dream is to do a Little Golden Book, and I think this project moves me closer to that goal.
How did you become interested in illustration?
I really didn’t even understand what illustration was before college. Fortunately, Continue…

Jez Tuya

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Jez Tuya is my name, and I am a freelance illustrator.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I had a brief stint of working part time as a shop floor assistant in a retail store (in charge of the toy and kitchenware department) while still in art school. I have so many horror stories from my experience, and I decided to quit after two months of working there, and promised myself to never work in retail ever again.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of? 
Pretty much most of the work that I’ve done is for publishing, and one of my favourite projects is illustrating a picture book based on one of Roald Dahl’s poems called “Television.”
How did you become interested in animation? 
I actually wanted to be an air force pilot after I graduated from high school. I had an obsession (and in some ways I still do) with airplanes, but with the grades that I had in high school, and because of my apparent allergy to maths and physics, I came to the conclusion maybe flying planes was not for me. But I’ve always had a fascination for art and animation since I was a kid. I didn’t grow up with video games or cable television when I was wee lad, and drawing was something I did for fun. (That, and making airplanes out of Legos). I remember my parents would always bring home boxes of scrap paper for me to draw on, and it would feel like Christmas whenever they do, and I think they may have unintentionally encouraged me to enjoy making art because of that. I also watched LOTS of cartoons, and whenever I visit my grandparents’ house, I’d rot my Continue…

Lois van Baarle

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What is your name and your current occupation?
I’m Lois van Baarle and I’m a freelance illustrator/animator working in the Netherlands.

 

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I am sometimes ashamed to admit that I have never really had a ‘real’ job until becoming a freelance illustrator/animator. As soon as I graduated from college I was getting enough job offers to start working independently, so that’s what I did! So I’ve had a lucky life of not having to work random side jobs and basically only ever having earned money by drawing or animating.

 

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I’m really proud to have directed ‘The Art of Pho’, an online motion comic (artofpho.submarinechannel.com). Besides being a really
interesting multimedia project, it was really great to direct a project from beginning to end. I also really enjoyed contributing a
few tutorials to D’Artiste Fashion Design by Ballistic Publishing, a publisher that I’ve looked up to for many years now!

 

How did you become interested in animation?
I decided to study animation in high school because I was determined to Continue…

David de Rooij

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What is your name and your current occupation? 
My name is David de Rooij and I am a freelance Animator/Storyboard Artist/Character Designer.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation? 
While I was doing Art School, I had a couple of little jobs like working at a supermarket, a zoo, a club. I also made a little comic for a division of a big Energy Company.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of? 
I haven’t been part of many big animation projects yet, but during my internship at Anikey Studios I got to work on a couple of very nice short animated films: “Paul and the Dragon”and “Little Quenton”!

How did you become interested in animation? 
I have always watched cartoons and even made my own comics and flipbooks. I tried to animate digitally in GIF Animator and Flash, drawing with my mouse! I just never realized that I could become a professional animator. After finishing high school I studied Graphic Design at two different Art Schools, because I Continue…