Ep. 081: Jack Kasprzak – Animation Director for DreamWorks TV, VFX Animator, Podcaster and More! – Part I

Jack Kasprzak is no stranger to the world of animation. After graduating from art school and working for nearly 10 years as a VFX artist for Digital Domain on such films as X-Men: Days of Future Past, 2012, TRON:Legacy, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Ender’s Game, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, and many more, he made the leap to becoming an animation director on DreamWorks TV’s Spirit Riding Free. In part one of our interview Jack shares his love of making films at a young age with his family and friends, the joys and trials of working in the VFX industry, creating his own personal art, pitching ideas with his business partner and more!

Jack Kasprzak’s Websites

Website
https://sketchbookjack.bigcartel.com

Orange Wolf Content
https://www.orangewolfcontent.com/home

SketchZone Podcast
http://sketch.zone/podcast/

Facebook
@sketchbookjack

Instagram
@sketchbookjack

Twitter
@sketchbookjack

Southern California Animation Events 

Women in Animation
Screening of Cartoon Saloon Shorts: Late Afternoon
Tues. Oct. 16, 2018
7:00 pm
http://womeninanimation.org/2018/10/04/oct-16-screening-of-cartoon-saloon-shorts-late-afternoon/

Animation is Film Festival
Fri. Oct. 19th – Sun. Oct. 21st, 2018
https://animationisfilm.com

Black Women Animate Boot Camp
Sat. Oct. 20th, 2018
https://www.bwabootcamp.com

Gallery Nucleus
A Tribute Exhibition for the 20th Anniversary of Mulan
Sat. Oct. 20, 2018
7:00 pm
https://www.gallerynucleus.com/gallery/696/exhibition

Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy Panel & Book Signing
Sat. Oct. 27, 2018
2:00 pm
https://www.gallerynucleus.com/event/694

Gnomon School
Google Spotlight Stories: Age of Sail
Thurs. Oct. 25th, 2018
7:30 pm
https://www.gnomon.edu/community/events/google-spotlight-stories-age-of-sail

DesignerCon
Fri. Nov. 16th, 2018 – Sun. Nov. 18th, 2018
https://www.designercon.com

Ground Zero Animation Expo is now accepting vendor applications for 2019:

Professional Application
https://gzaexpo.com/industry-professional-form/

Up-And-Coming Application
https://gzaexpo.com/up-coming-form/

WonderCon is now accepting vendor applications for 2019:

Artist Alley Application
https://www.comic-con.org/wca/2019/artists-alley/exhibitors

Exhibitor Application
https://www.comic-con.org/wca/2019/exhibitors

Comic-Con International: San Diego is now accepting vendor applications for 2019:

Artist Alley Application
https://www.comic-con.org/cci/2019/artists-alley/exhibitors

Exhibitor Application
https://www.comic-con.org/cci/2019/exhibitors

The Podcast

Website
www.theanimatedjourney.com

Tumblr
www.theanimatedjourney.tumblr.com

Facebook
www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

Twitter
@animjourney

Instagram
@animjourney

The Host – Angela Entzminger

Website
www.sketchysoul.com

Tumblr
www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

Instagram
@SketchySoul

The Host – Jeff Schuetze

Website
www.jefbot.carbonmade.com

Comic
www.jefbot.com

Tumblr
www.jefbot.tumblr.com

Twitter
@JefBot

Instagram
@Shootzee

Ep. 080: The making of One Small Step with TAIKO Studios – Part II

One Small Step tells the story of Luna, a Chinese American girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut. In part two of our interview with the masterminds behind TAIKO Studios we spoke with CG Supervisor and Rigger Joy Johnson and Head of Pipeline and Technical Animator Andrew Jennings! Join them as they discuss their days in college, working at Disney Animation Studios and making the jump to TAIKO. They share the importance of working collaboratively with coworkers at home and abroad, the power of visual communication and what it was like sharing the film with a live audience. It’s a fantastic story you won’t want to miss!

TAIKO Studios’ Websites

Watch the short on Vimeo!
One Small Step

Website
http://www.taikostudios.com

Facebook
TAIKOStudios

LinkedIn
TAIKOStudios

Instagram
@taikostudios

Twitter
@TAIKOStudios

Southern California Animation Events 

Studio Ghibli Fest 2018
Sun. Sept. 30th – Tues. Nov. 20th, 2018
https://gkids.com/2018/06/22/studio-ghibli-fest-2018/

Breaking the Glass Frame
University of Southern California
Fri. Oct. 5th – Sun. Oct. 7th, 2018
https://www.breakingtheglassframe.com

The Art of Sonder
Gallery Nucleus
Sat. Oct. 6th, 2018
https://www.gallerynucleus.com/event/693

Animation is Film Festival
Fri. Oct. 19th – Sun. Oct. 21st, 2018
https://animationisfilm.com

Black Women Animate Boot Camp
Sat. Oct. 20th, 2018
https://www.bwabootcamp.com

DesignerCon
Fri. Nov. 16th, 2018 – Sun. Nov. 18th, 2018
https://www.designercon.com

Ground Zero Animation Expo is now accepting vendor applications for 2019:

Professional Application
https://gzaexpo.com/industry-professional-form/

Up-And-Coming Application
https://gzaexpo.com/up-coming-form/

WonderCon is now accepting vendor applications for 2019:

Artist Alley Application
https://www.comic-con.org/wca/2019/artists-alley/exhibitors

Exhibitor Application
https://www.comic-con.org/wca/2019/exhibitors

Comic-Con International: San Diego is now accepting vendor applications for 2019:

Artist Alley Application
https://www.comic-con.org/cci/2019/artists-alley/exhibitors

Exhibitor Application
https://www.comic-con.org/cci/2019/exhibitors

The Podcast

Website
www.theanimatedjourney.com

Tumblr
www.theanimatedjourney.tumblr.com

Facebook
www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

Twitter
@animjourney

Instagram
@animjourney

The Host – Angela Entzminger

Website
www.sketchysoul.com

Tumblr
www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

Instagram
@SketchySoul

The Host – Jeff Schuetze

Website
www.jefbot.carbonmade.com

Comic
www.jefbot.com

Tumblr
www.jefbot.tumblr.com

Twitter
@JefBot

Instagram
@Shootzee

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Ep. 079: The making of One Small Step with TAIKO Studios – Part I

One Small Step tells the story of Luna, a Chinese American girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut. In part one of our interview with the masterminds behind TAIKO Studios, the company behind this amazing short, we interviewed studio Founder and CEO Shaofu Zhang, Head of Development and Co-Director Andrew Chesworth, and Art Director and Co-Director Bobby Pontillas. Join them as they share their experiences from working at Disney Animation Studios to embarking on the journey to bring an animated short to life! And join us next week when we feature CG Supervisor and Rigger Joy Johnson and Head of Pipeline and Technical Animator Andrew Jennings!

TAIKO Studio Websites

Watch the short on Vimeo!
One Small Step

Website
http://www.taikostudios.com

Facebook
TAIKOStudios

LinkedIn
TAIKOStudios

Instagram
@taikostudios

Twitter
@TAIKOStudios

Southern California Animation Events (And Beyond!)

Ottawa International Animation Festival
Fri. Sept. 26th – Tues. Sept. 30th, 2018
https://www.animationfestival.ca

The Magic Book of Spells: Signing with Daron Nefcy
Sat. Sept. 29th, 2018
1:00 pm
https://www.gallerynucleus.com/event/690

Artist Lodge and Tim Burton/LAIKA Tribute Gallery
Fan*Alley
Sat. Sept. 29th, 2018
5:00 pm
https://fanalley.wordpress.com/upcoming/

Studio Ghibli Fest 2018
Sun. Sept. 30th – Tues. Nov. 20th, 2018
https://gkids.com/2018/06/22/studio-ghibli-fest-2018/

Animation is Film Festival
Fri. Oct. 19th – Sun. Oct. 21st, 2018
https://animationisfilm.com

DesignerCon
Fri. Nov. 16th, 2018 – Sun. Nov. 18th, 2018
https://www.designercon.com

Ground Zero Animation Expo is now accepting vendor applications for 2019:

Professional Application
https://gzaexpo.com/industry-professional-form/

Up-And-Coming Application
https://gzaexpo.com/up-coming-form/

WonderCon is now accepting vendor applications for 2019:

Artist Alley Application
https://www.comic-con.org/wca/2019/artists-alley/exhibitors

Exhibitor Application
https://www.comic-con.org/wca/2019/exhibitors

Comic-Con International: San Diego is now accepting vendor applications for 2019:

Artist Alley Application
https://www.comic-con.org/cci/2019/artists-alley/exhibitors

Exhibitor Application
https://www.comic-con.org/cci/2019/exhibitors

The Podcast

Website
www.theanimatedjourney.com

Tumblr
www.theanimatedjourney.tumblr.com

Facebook
www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

Twitter
@animjourney

Instagram
@animjourney

The Host – Angela Entzminger

Website
www.sketchysoul.com

Tumblr
www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

Instagram
@SketchySoul

The Host – Jeff Schuetze

Website
www.jefbot.carbonmade.com

Comic
www.jefbot.com

Tumblr
www.jefbot.tumblr.com

Twitter
@JefBot

Instagram
@Shootzee

Ep. 073: Lila Martinez – Storyboard Artist for The Simpsons, American Dad!, and More!

 

Episode 073 features American Dad! storyboard artist Lila Martinez! Lila grew up in Mexico City, studied graphic design, attended Vancouver Film School to study animation, and created her own animation boutique studio BEFORE moving to the states to pursue storyboarding and working for some of the longest running animated shows in history. Find out how she did it and her advice for up-and-coming artists in today’s episode!

Lila Martinez’s Websites

Website
http://www.lilastory.com/site/

IMDB
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3325902/

Twitter
@Lila_Martinez

Tumblr
http://toinglicity.tumblr.com

Southern California Animation Events

Center Stage Gallery
Life Drawing from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday
$15 at the door / $12 online
http://centerstagegallery.com/events/

CTN MEETUP presents Impressions: Gouache & Oil works by Tiffanie Mang
Opening Reception – Thurs. June 14th, 2018
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
https://bit.ly/2sgIgp2

The Art of God of War 2018
Opening Reception – Sat. June 16th, 2018
7:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
https://bit.ly/2JBlIu5

The Art of Incredibles II
Sat. June 23rd, 2018
2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
https://www.gallerynucleus.com/event/670

Project Anime: Los Angeles
Tues. July 3rd – Wed. July 4th, 2018
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
https://bit.ly/2kAi9oK

Anime Expo 2018
Thurs. July 5th – Sun. July 8th, 2018 (Preview night July 4th)
http://www.anime-expo.org

Comic-Con International: San Diego
Thurs. July 19th – Sun. July 22nd, 2018 (Preview night July 18th)
https://www.comic-con.org/cci/attending-show

Loop de Loop
The Theme: Dog
Deadline Sun. July 29th, 2018
11:30 p.m. in your timezone
www.loopdeloop.org

DesignerCon
Fri. Nov. 16th, 2018 – Sun. Nov. 18th, 2018
https://www.designercon.com

CTNX
Fri. Nov. 16th – Sun. 18th, 2018
http://www.ctnanimationexpo.com

The Podcast

Website
www.theanimatedjourney.com

Tumblr
www.theanimatedjourney.tumblr.com

Facebook
www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

Twitter
@animjourney

Instagram
@animjourney

The Host – Angela Entzminger

Website
www.sketchysoul.com

Tumblr
www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

Instagram
@SketchySoul

Twitter
@SketchySoul

The Host – Jeff Schuetze

“Lucky” Loop de Loop
https://vimeo.com/273833248

Website
www.jefbot.carbonmade.com

Comic
www.jefbot.com

Tumblr
www.jefbot.tumblr.com

Twitter
@JefBot

Instagram
@Shootzee

Ep. 070: Bonus Episode – News, Events and Infinity War!

What’s happening in the world of animation? Well, we had so much fun talking about news, SoCal events and Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War that we decided to turn it into an entire bonus episode. Enjoy!

Southern California Animation Events

Center Stage Gallery
Life Drawing from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday
$15 at the door / $12  online
http://centerstagegallery.com/events/

ASIFA-Hollywood
Members only screening of Big Fish & Begonia 
Thurs. May 10th, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
http://www.asifa-hollywood.org/members-screening-of-big-fish-begonia/

Gallery Nucleus 
Special Screening of Taiko Studios’ first short film One Small Step.
Sat. May 12th, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/one-small-step-screening-panel-tickets-45393905393

Loop de Loop
Current theme: Lucky
Deadline May 27th, 2018 at 11:30 p.m. in your timezone
http://www.loopdeloop.org

Palm Springs International Animation Festival
Currently accepting entries – deadline Sat. June 16th, 2018
http://www.psiaf.org/submit-your-film-.html

Ground Zero Animation Expo
Sat. June 9th, 2018 – Sun. June 10th, 2018
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
www.gzaexpo.com

DesignerCon
Fri. Nov. 16th, 2018 – Sun. Nov. 18th, 2018
https://www.designercon.com

CTNX
Fri. Nov. 16th, 2018 – Sun. 18th, 2018
http://www.ctnanimationexpo.com

The Podcast

Website
www.theanimatedjourney.com

Tumblr
www.theanimatedjourney.tumblr.com

Facebook
www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

Twitter
@animjourney

Instagram
@animjourney

The Host – Angela Entzminger

Website
www.sketchysoul.com

Tumblr
www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

Instagram
@SketchySoul

The Host – Jeff Schuetze

Website
https://jefbot.carbonmade.com

Comic
http://jefbot.com

Tumblr
http://jefbot.tumblr.com

Twitter
@JefBot

Instagram
@Shootzee

 

 

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Ep. 063: Andi Nakasone – Disney Feature Layout Assistant – Part II

In the final installment of our interview with Disney Feature Layout Assistant Andi Nakasone, Andi dives into the world of Disney Feature animation and working in layout. He discusses the importance of networking, treating everyone with respect whether you’re in the industry or not, and knowing your worth as a new or seasoned professional. It’s a fantastic wrap-up that you won’t want to miss!

Andi Nakasone’s Websites

Instagram
@andinakasone

Email
andi.nakasone@gmail.com

Southern California Animation Events

The 45th Annual Annie Awards
UCLA’s Royce Hall
Sat. Feb. 3, 2018 @ 7 p.m.
www.annieawards.org

Gallery Nucleus
Art of Blank Panther Panel & Book Signing
Sat. Feb.  24, 2018 @ 1 p.m.
http://www.gallerynucleus.com/event/646

An Art Tribute to Disney Television Animation
Sat. Feb. 24, 2018 @ 7 p.m.
http://www.gallerynucleus.com/gallery/642/exhibition

CTN Road Trip
Sat. April 14, 2018 – Sun. April 15, 2018
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
http://ctnroadtripburbank.com/

Fan*Alley Expo
Sat. June 9th, 2018 – Sun. June 10th, 2018
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
www.gzaexpo.com

The Podcast

Website
www.theanimatedjourney.com

Tumblr
www.theanimatedjourney.tumblr.com

Facebook
www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

Twitter
@animjourney

Instagram
@animjourney

The Host – Angela Entzminger

Check out my comic for The Story Collider Podcast!
http://bit.ly/2ir8HTc

Check out my guest spot on Animation Station with Robbie and Tracy!
http://apple.co/1Th9CRV

Check out my two part interview on The Ink and Paint Girls Podcast!
http://bit.ly/2sJqw41

Website
www.sketchysoul.com

Tumblr
www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

Twitter
@SketchySoul

Instagram
@SketchySoul

The Editor – Jeff Schuetze

Check out Jeff’s interview on this podcast!
http://bit.ly/2BmrPK1

Website
https://jefbot.carbonmade.com

Comic
http://jefbot.com

Tumblr
http://jefbot.tumblr.com

Twitter
@JefBot

Instagram
@Shootzee

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Ep. 062: Andi Nakasone – Disney Feature Layout Assistant – Part I

Welcome to the first episode of 2018 featuring the amazingly talented Andi Nakasone! Andi grew up in Okinawa, Japan and moved to the states to study…archeology. But he soon discovered that storytelling was his life’s passion and began to pursue cinematography and editing at Baylor University. After interning in New York and learning more about 3D animation, he moved to San Francisco to pursue his new dream of working in the animation industry. His is an awesome story that you won’t want to miss!

Andi Nakasone’s Websites

Instagram
@andinakasone

Email
andi.nakasone@gmail.com

Southern California Animation Events

Convention season is over but it’s never too late to stay up to date! Check out these Southern California conventions for your opportunity to register and exhibit your art in 2018.

Comic-Con International: San Diego
https://www.comic-con.org

Creative Talent Network Expo
www.ctnanimationexpo.com

DesignerCon
www.designercon.com

Fan*Alley Expo
www.gzaexpo.com

The Podcast

Website
www.theanimatedjourney.com

Tumblr
www.theanimatedjourney.tumblr.com

Facebook
www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

Twitter
@animjourney

Instagram
@animjourney

The Host – Angela Entzminger

Check out my comic for The Story Collider Podcast!
http://bit.ly/2ir8HTc

Check out my guest spot on Animation Station with Robbie and Tracy!
http://apple.co/1Th9CRV

Check out my two part interview on The Ink and Paint Girls Podcast!
http://bit.ly/2sJqw41

Website
www.sketchysoul.com

Tumblr
www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

Twitter
@SketchySoul

Instagram
@SketchySoul

The Editor – Jeff Schuetze

Check out Jeff’s interview on this podcast!
http://bit.ly/2BmrPK1

Website
https://jefbot.carbonmade.com

Comic
http://jefbot.com

Tumblr
http://jefbot.tumblr.com

Twitter
@JefBot

Instagram
@Shootzee

Ep. 056: Nicole Ridgwell – 3D Animator for Pixar, The Third Floor, Nickelodeon and more!

In today’s podcast 3D animator Nicole Ridgwell shares her experiences working as an animation intern at both Walt Disney Feature Animation and Pixar, and how those internships paved the way for her animation career at studios like Nickelodeon and The Third Floor. She also shares the importance of continuing your education after graduating from art school, finding mentors, and what it’s like pitching a show!

Nicole Ridgwell’s Websites

Website
https://nicoleridgwell.blogspot.com

Vimeo
https://vimeo.com/nicoleridgwell

Twitter
@NicoleRidgwell

Southern California Animation Events

DesignerCon 2017
Pasadena Convention Center
November 11 – 12, 2017
https://www.designercon.com

Inside the Animator’s Studio: An evening with Lauren Faust
Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove
November 18, 2017
http://bit.ly/2rLqpDJ

Creative Talent Network Expo (CTNX)
Burbank Marriott Hotel
November 17th – 19th, 2017
http://www.ctnanimationexpo.com

The Podcast

Website
www.theanimatedjourney.com

Tumblr
www.theanimatedjourney.tumblr.com

Facebook
www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

Twitter
@animjourney

Instagram
@animjourney

The Host

Check out my guest spot on Animation Station with Robbie and Tracy!
http://apple.co/1Th9CRV

Check out my two part interview on The Ink and Paint Girls Podcast!
http://bit.ly/2sJqw41

Website
www.sketchysoul.com

Tumblr
www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

Twitter
@SketchySoul

Instagram
@SketchySoul

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Ep. 054: Ilana Schwartz – 3D Animator for Nick Digital, Music Video Director and Coffee Hero

Ilana Schwartz aka Javadoodles is a 3D Animator at Nickelodeon Animation Studio whose work includes promos, animation and social media art for many of Nick’s shows including The Loud House, Paw Patrol, and Bunsen Is A Beast! In today’s episode she discusses her path from interning at Little Airplane Productions to working for Nickelodeon both in New York and in Burbank. Along the way Ilana channeled her love of collaboration and social media into creating her own unique brand and style. It’s a fantastic episode that will inspire you to get out there and showcase your art!

Ilana Schwartz’s Websites

Website
https://www.ilanartist.com

Tumblr
http://javadoodles.com

Twitter
@Ilanartist

Instagram
@Ilanartist

@JavaDoodles

Vimeo
https://vimeo.com/javadoodles

Southern California Animation Events

Women in Animation
http://womeninanimation.org

ASIFA-Hollywood
http://www.asifa-hollywood.org/

The World Animation Celebration
Presented by Animation Libation Studios and Animation Magazine
Hosted by Sony Pictures Animation
September 30 and October 1, 2017
http://www.animationmagazine.net/wac/

DesignerCon 2017
Pasadena Convention Center
November 11 – 12, 2017
https://www.designercon.com

Inside the Animator’s Studio: An evening with Lauren Faust
Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove
November 18, 2017
http://bit.ly/2rLqpDJ

Creative Talent Network Expo (CTNX)
Burbank Marriott Hotel
November 17th – 19th, 2017
http://www.ctnanimationexpo.com

The Podcast

Website
www.theanimatedjourney.com

Tumblr
www.theanimatedjourney.tumblr.com

Facebook
www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

Twitter
@animjourney

Instagram
@animjourney

The Host

Check out my guest spot on Animation Station with Robbie and Tracy!
http://apple.co/1Th9CRV

Check out my two part interview on The Ink and Paint Girls Podcast!
http://bit.ly/2sJqw41

Website
www.sketchysoul.com

Tumblr
www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

Twitter
@SketchySoul

Instagram
@SketchySoul

Ep. 047: Jocelyn Liang – Background Painter for Nickelodeon’s Pinky Malinky

Welcome to the first episode of the podcast’s new mini series, Nickelodeon Summer! All summer long The Animated Journey will feature interviews with individuals working at Nickelodeon Animation Studio in beautiful Burbank, CA. The series kicks off with uber-talented Jocelyn Liang, background painter for one of Nickelodeon’s newest upcoming shows, Pinky Malinky, which will debut in 2018. From attending Art Center College of Art and Design to interning for Nick Games and Pixar to competing to create a theme park ride for Disney, Jocelyn offers expert advice on being willing to learn new skills, how she goes about the painting process and finding ways to exhibit your personal artwork. Sit back, take notes, and enjoy!

Jocelyn Liang’s Websites

Website
http://jocelynliang.com/

Instagram
@jozdrawsinprada

Tumblr
http://jozdrawsinprada.tumblr.com/

Los Angeles Animation Events

ASIFA-Hollywood
http://www.asifa-hollywood.org/

Warrior Goddess Art Show – Wonder Woman 
The Perky Nerd
Thru June 2017
http://www.theperkynerd.com/

Blacklight
Hero Complex Galaxy
Thru June 2017
Check out Jocelyn’s piece in the show, ‘Radioactive,’ now on sale at HCG!
https://hcgart.com/collections/blacklight

Truth Be Told Gallery Show
Animation Guild
Thru June 2017
https://www.instagram.com/truthbetoldgallery/

Inside the Animator’s Studio: An evening with Lauren Faust
Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove
Saturday November 18, 2017
http://bit.ly/2rLqpDJ

The Podcast

Website
www.theanimatedjourney.com

Tumblr
www.theanimatedjourney.tumblr.com

Facebook
www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

Twitter
@animjourney

Instagram
@animjourney

The Host

Website
www.sketchysoul.com

Facebook
www.facebook.com/sketchysoul

Tumblr
www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

Twitter
@SketchySoul

Instagram
@SketchySoul