Olga Stern

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What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Olga Stern. I mostly work as a visual development artist. So, sometimes I create visuals for feature films, sometimes for children’s television, and sometimes for illustrated magazines or children’s books.  I love constructing worlds in my mind and translating them into visual images.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Hmmm….I am not sure if I would describe the jobs as crazy. I worked in a sportswear store, I worked in a restaurant as a hostess, I worked a camp counselor teaching swimming, diving, synchronized swimming and arts and crafts, and I taught children art for a few years in a small private art studio during college.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I loved working on “Justin Time” with Guru Animation. I think that the message conveyed by the show is great for children, the visuals of the show directed by Brandon Scott and Keith Lee are stunning and I loved working with Brandon Scott, Harold Harris and the rest of the guru crew.

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I was originally born in Kaliningrad and then lived in Odessa Ukraine, (still part of the Soviet Union at the time) until I was about 8 years old. Our family then moved to Toronto Canada where I grew up. I was lucky enough to audition and get into Claude Watson School for the Arts located in North York Ontario. Claude Watson is an amazing school for young minds. It combines drama, jazz, mime, art, choir, orf, and musical theatre classes with a regular academic curriculum classes. The program spans from grade 4 until grade 13, in grade 9 you choose what subject of the arts you would like to specialize in. I chose art. I was not sure what I wanted to specialize in when I was Continue…

Yating Sun

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Hi, my name is yating sun and now I am a student studying in Academy of art university.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I have published one children’s book, it is not very crazy, but for me, to publish my own book is a dream, and this is my book link http://www.flyingbooks.me/publisher/ilustrator/13  I think this is a very interesting story for children.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I have in a game company, create a very big MMORPG game, but it have not been released, so I can’t say much detail, their world view and concept are really amazing.

How did you become interested in animation?
I have seen so many animation by Disney ,PIXAR ,Dreamworks. Monster inc is one of the very impressed animation for me, since that I start to Continue…

Patxi Peláez

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Hello. My name is Patxi Peláez and I work as Character Designer and Visual Development.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
In my student days I worked part time as a waiter in different cafes and pubs of my town.I even worked on the beach putting drinks… sounds fun, but it was a shit.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I have worked as character designer for feature films and TV series, as illustrator and comic artist, 2D animator and story boarder,here in Spain. I am not particularly proud of either. I always hope that the next project will be better than previous, and to do my job better.  Anyway, I’m happy with the different children’s books I’ve illustrated. It was fun to make them, it is very gratifying to work for children.

How did you become interested in animation?
As a child, my favorite pastimes was the comics and animation series on TV. It’s a hobby that has always been there. But I Continue…

Carolyn Guske


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What is your name and your current occupation?
Carolyn Guske Freelance: Background painter, visual development, character painter, illustrator, fine artist

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Gave horseback riding lessons, night manager at the Pottery Barn.

 

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
The Black Cauldron, Tazmania, Roger Rabbit, The Little Mermaid, Prince of Egypt, Eldorado, Spirit, Surfs Up, the Tinkerbell books

How did you become interested in animation? 

My neighbor growing up was Al Wilzbach a Disney animator, he always encouraged me to Continue…

Justin Rodrigues

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What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Justin Rodrigues. I’m currently a freelance character designer and visual development artist. Some of my clients include Fisher-Price, Starburns Industries, and Wonderverse Studios.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I spent quite a few years in retail, which can be torturous. It involves long, crazy hours and some horrible customers. I managed a comic book store for a couple years, which wasn’t too bad. It was cool to see that side of the industry and I got to read all the comics I wanted to for free. I also spent a year moderating chat logs for an online MMORPG. There are some pretty crazy stories I could tell about that one!

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I’d have to say I’m pretty proud of the project I’m currently working on. I’ve been on it since the very beginning and I’m really happy with how it’s coming along. I’ve had a hand in a lot of different roles – from character design to backgrounds to prop design, so I’m really honored to be a part of it. I can’t say much more about it just yet, but I think it will be really cool once it’s released.

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I grew up in Fresno, California. I’ve had a passion for art and drawing for as long as I can remember. I moved to Los Angeles to go to college, thinking I would try and get into the music industry of all things. I very quickly failed a calculus class and realized business wasn’t for me. I remember walking past the Continue…

Craig Elliott

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Craig Elliott, I am a visual development artist and character designer, as well as an illustrator and fine artist
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I only had one job, as a paperboy, before I got a job at Disney. Not a very exiting or crazy job, unless you consider a glass perrier bottle blowing up and cutting my hands up with flying glass exciting… or being unable to carry the papers some Sundays and sitting crying on the driveway at 3 am alone! There was the occasional dog that chased me for several blocks, making me have to come back later on to do the deliveries in that area. That always made customers mad, and they would call to complain about late papers. What can you do? I didn’t want to get eaten alive! These occurrences seem less common in animation for some reason…
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I think Treasure Planet, and Enchanted are some of my favorites. There is something about any project that is a joy though. The challenge of turning a story into a visual is always rewarding no matter what the final outcome, or even if my work is used in the film. I always enjoy shows that require a greater amount of imagination- Treasure Planet definitely qualified in that sense. The movie wasn’t set in a specific place that is real, so anything goes! My mind and energy really get pumping in a situation like that. On Enchanted, Kevin Lima (the Director) asked us to come up with a Disney forest world, but with a twist. It was that twist that had us trying all sorts of creative things to help Kevin find what would satisfy his vision. I think it was my friend Christophe Vacher that thought to suggest we try using the Art Nouveau movement as a springboard. We all took off, working from that starting point. I put together a 30- something page style guide with Art Nouveau cues throughout, and even had a chance to speak with Alphonse Mucha’s Great Granddaughter on the phone at length as part of my research!
How did you become interested in animation?
I think I always was attracted to animation because of it’s limitless possibilities for Continue…