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…

Ersi Spathopoulou

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Hi! My name is Ersi Spathopoulou, and right now I’m working as a conceptual artist for a 2d animation educational game, called “Run Marco” and developed by allcancode team, www.allcancode.com

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I worked as an assistant theater stage designer right after finishing my studies. But that ain’t really crazy..is it? L. Sorry, no crazy stories here! Stage design was more like a first step required by my “fate” of ending up in the animation industry, working as a background painter.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?Most definitely the website at www.animad.gr, which was created by animad team, of which I was a co-founder. And right now, my favorite project is the “Run Marco” educational game that makes me really proud of being a member and co-founder of the allcancode team. You should check out both!

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I am from Greece, and I got into the animation business in Continue…

Tyree Morrow

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Tyree Morrow, Co-Founder, Character Designer, and Animator at Creative Overdose Studios.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation? 
I’m not sure if this is crazy but it was fun.  I was a candy cook at a candy store in Savannah.  I made salt water taffy, Pralines and caramel apples.  MMMMMMMMM!
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of? 
There are so many.  I’ve worked on a comic book series called “Animus”  where I was a character designer at Neo Gate Creations.  I’ve also worked on the re-release of “Titanic 3d” as a Rotokey animator for Dzignlight Studios.  Recently and the most fun project was helping develop the game “Stra-Tactics” for Grunt Corps.  My team and I were in charge of the animated cut scenes.  We had a lot of fun working on it and even got to play the beta version of the game.    The game is set for release in December.
How did you become interested in animation? 
I’m a big fan of Loony Toons, Tom and Jerry, Droopy etc.  I was 6yrs old and my mother would watch them with me and Continue…

Einav Deri

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What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Einav Deri. I work as a Character Designer and Artist at Flaregames and KeenFlare.

 

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation? 
Before breaking into animation and video games I’ve worked in the food, clothing, sales, customer service and computer industries. Out of all I’d say customer service was the craziest, talking on the phonefrom 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM everyday for almost 2 years was really crazy, I’ve learned a lot though. =)

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of? 
I recently finished working on 3 different major commercials and animated shorts at Snowball | VFX Studios. I designed all the characters and some of the props in the commercials. Seeing my characters come to life, fully animated with all the textures and lighting was really awesome. I’ve had the opportunity to work as an artist on the animated TV-series ‘The Adventures of Vipo the Flying Dog’. I’ve also just finished working on a huge IPad/IPhone game at Flaregames and Keen Games, here in Germany. The game called ‘Royal Revolt’, I designed some of the characters in the game so it was really an honor.

How did you become interested in animation?
I remember that day clearly, I was 5 years old, I watched Disney’s Snow White, after the movie ended there was Continue…

Pablo Navarro

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What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Pablo Navarro; I’m an Animation Director and Senior Character Animator.  Right now I’m animating for the movie titled “The Congress”, the next project from Ari Foldman, director of Waltz with Bashir.  Besides that I teach animation as a part time job, and I do tutoring to students here in Barcelona and other cities of Spain.  Also I give lectures and conferences about animation and acting around the globe.

 

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Well, I work since I’m 8 years old, I used to work on orange and watermelon plantations helping loading the trucks, after that I was a waiter for many years in the family restaurant……although I am a formerly electro-mechanic technician, I never worked as such, I jump into animation right after finishing my studies.I wasn’t fond of those other activities to continue with them 😉  Don’t know if they’re crazy enough jobs…..but surely they don’t have anything to do with animation.

 

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
The project I am most proud it is a movie called Nocturna. That is my favorite project so far.  I really enjoy working with the same Directors of that movie (Adria Garcia and Victor Maldonado plus Alfredo Torres), they create a studio called Headless and I collaborate with them often for new projects and development.

How did you become interested in animation?
Well, I think that all my life I was interested in animation, but when you’re a kid it is difficult to find out, or to put it into words like say “I want to be an animator!!”  My mother found out that the only way to keep me quiet and not doing too much trouble around the house was giving me a paper and a pencil and I could Continue…