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. 072: Andrea Gerstmann – Animator, Background and Character Designer, Storyboard Artist and more!

Episode 072 of The Animated Journey features animator-designer-storyboard artist-shorts creator Andrea Gerstmann! Andrea journeyed from Canada to the U.S. to pursue her career in animation. Since arriving in the states she has worked on numerous shows including Pig Goat Banana Cricket, Pinky Malinky and Apple & Onion. She also created the fantastic Nickelodeon short Dog and Squirrel, and her Loop de Loop shorts are hilarious. Join us as Andrea shares her story!

Andrea Gerstmann’s Websites

Website
www.agerstmann.com

Dog and Squirrel
https://youtu.be/vNzIAisw-v4

Blogger
http://agartblog.blogspot.com

Tumblr
andreagerstmann.tumblr.com

Vimeo
Andrea Gerstmann Demo Reel

Twitter
@andreagerstmann

Instagram
@andreagerstmann

Southern California Animation Events

One-on-One Storyboard Mentorship with Kris Wimberly
Portfolios for consideration due Fri. June 1st, 2018
http://www.theanimationnetwork.org/storyboardmentorship

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/

The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story
Sun. June 3rd, 2018
2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
https://www.gallerynucleus.com/event/664

Loop de Loop
Thurs. June 7th, 2018
8 p.m.
www.loopdeloop.org

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

2018 UCLA TFT Film Festival: Animation Extravaganza, pt. 1
Sat. June 9th, 2018
5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
https://bit.ly/2L6SrDE

2018 UCLA TFT Film Festival: Animation Extravaganza, pt. 2
Sat. June 9th, 2018
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
https://bit.ly/2sh9YBV

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 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

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

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. 071: Convention Roundtable – Part II

Episode 071 of the Animated Journey Podcast is here with part 2 of our Convention Roundtable! In this episode artists and convention exhibitors Casey Robin, Jeff Schuetze and Alina Chau share tips and tricks for getting all of your convention supplies, organizing for the convention, showcasing your work, providing a positive customer experience, creating clear boundaries between you and booth barnacles, how to prevent con crud and more!

And check out these suppliers we’ve used for your convention gear:

Banners
www.esigns.com

Booklets, Prints and More
www.colorimages.com

Business Cards
www.moo.com

Plastic Bags and Backing Board
www.clearbags.com

Alina Chau’s Websites

Website
www.alinachau.com

Facebook
www.facebook.com/ainachauart

Instagram
@AlinaChau

Tumblr
www.alinachau.tumblr.com

Twitter
@Alina_Minty

Casey Robin’s Websites

Website
www.caseyrobin.com

Facebook
www.facebook.com/caseyrobinart

Etsy
www.etsy.com/shop/CaseyRobinArt

Instagram
@CaseyRobin

Tumblr
www.caseyrobin.tumblr.com

Twitter
@CaseyRobinArt

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/

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 – 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. 061: Nic Gregory – Background Painter for Disney Publishing, Rough Draft Studios, Cartoon Network and more!

Background painter for Disney Publishing, Cartoon Network and Rough Draft Studios Nic Gregory joins us for episode 061 of The Animated Journey Podcast! In this last episode of 2017, Nic shares how his love for Fantasia and all things animation led him to venture from his native Australia to the United States in order for him to pursue a career in background painting and character design. For anyone who has ever wondered if they can make the leap from one career to another an ocean away, this episode for you!

Nic Gregory’s Websites

Website
www.nicgregory.com

Facebook
nic.gregory.18

Instagram
@NicGregoryArt

Twitter
@Nic_XL

Southern California 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

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Ep. 060: Joseph Coleman – Animator for StudioMDHR’s Cuphead

Episode 060 features the talented Joseph Coleman! Joseph spent his formative years skateboarding, drawing, playing video games and winning art contests in Macon, Mississippi. After attending undergrad at Memphis College of Art and grad school at Academy of Art University he worked on various freelance projects before landing a job on StudioMDHR’s Cuphead. In today’s interview Joseph discusses the importance of learning various skills, how to work as both an artist and a business person, drawing from your personal experience when creating your art and pursuing your passion in the face of life’s obstacles.

Joseph Coleman’s Websites

Vimeo
https://vimeo.com/user6504317

Twitter
@JosephColeman89

Southern California 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

Website
https://jefbot.carbonmade.com

Comic
http://jefbot.com

Tumblr
http://jefbot.tumblr.com

Twitter
@JefBot

Instagram
@Shootzee

Ep. 057: Stephen Silver – Character Designer, Instructor & Author – Part I

Character designer, instructor and author Stephen Silver began his career almost immediately out of high school, working at various theme parks as a caricature artist before becoming a character designer in the animation industry. His passion for learning, creating and teaching enabled him to work for studios such as Disney, Nickelodeon, Bento Box and Cartoon Network; create the Silver Drawing Academy; create weekly videos on his YouTube channel and write his character design book The Silver Way: Techniques, Tips and Tutorials for Effective Character Design. In part one of our interview Stephen discusses his new book, how to have an artist’s mindset, the importance of not comparing yourself to others, understanding the basics before diving into the details and what motivated him to pursue his craft!

Stephen Silver’s Websites

Website
www.silvertoons.com

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/stephen.silver.9

Twitter
@StephenSilver7

YouTube
SilverToons Channel

Southern California Animation Events 

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

Musicians Institute presents a one hour animation presentation with Coco’s
Byron Bashforth
Musicians Institute
November 14, 2017
http://bit.ly/2zq33ce

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. 037: Morghan Gill – 2D Artist at Kabam and More!

In today’s episode artist and animator Morghan Gill shares how her love of animation inspired her to attend Laguna College of Art Design and pursue her dreams of becoming a professional artist. She discusses what it’s like working for various studios, teaching at her alma mater, tabling at conventions and her successfully funded Kickstarter campaign for her latest sketchbook, Project Pink. It’s a fantastic episode you won’t want to miss, and make sure to sign up for her painting workshop at the Ground Zero Animation Expo in February!

Morghan Gill’s Websites

Website
www.mogiarts.com

Instagram
@TeaTigerCafe

Twitter
@TeaTigerCafe

Tumblr
TeaTigerCafe.tumblr.com

YouTube Channel
Skydiamond7

Etsy Store
TeaTigerCafe

Los Angeles Area Events And More!

The 44th Annie Awards
http://annieawards.org

Fan*Alley 2017 Ground Zero Animation Expo
http://shopfanalley.com/2017-ground-zero-animation-expo

The Animation Network Mixer
http://www.theanimationnetwork.org/mixer

WonderCon
http://www.comic-con.org/wca

Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship
https://www.nickanimationstudio.com/writing-program

Nickelodeon Artist Program
https://www.nickanimationstudio.com/artist-program

The Show

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

Ep. 030: Eliot Min – Cofounder of Indie Game Cerebrawl

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Eliot Min went from being a concept art at a video game studios like Harmonix, 38 Studios and Disney Interactive to forming a team and creating the epic 2D fighting game Cerebrawl. In today’s interview Eliot shares his journey from going to art school to being a game tester and eventually raising the funds needed to quit his day job and embark on his fantastic new journey. For anyone who loves games and dreams of choosing your own adventure, this interview is for you!

Eliot Min’s Portfolio Sites

Website
http://NIWindustries.com

DeviantArt
http://niw.deviantart.com niwindustries.com

Tumblr
http://niwindustries.tumblr.com

Twitter
@niwindustries

Instagram
@niwindustries

Cerebrawl’s Sites

Website
http://www.cerebrawl.in/

Twitch
https://www.twitch.tv/cerebrawlin

Twitter
@cerebrawlin

The Show

Website
www.theanimatedjourney.com

Facebook
www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

Tumblr
www.theanimatedjourney.tumblr.com

Twitter
@animjourney

Instagram
@animjourney

The Host

Website
www.sketchysoul.com

Facebook
www.facebook.com/sketchysoul

Tumblr
www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

Twitter
@SketchySoul

Instagram
@Sketchy_Soul

Ep. 023: Todd Favela – Character Designer for Puny Entertainment – Part I

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This week Todd and I enjoyed an excellent and fun conversation about his journey from student to professional at studios like Titmouse and now at Puny Entertainment where he works as a character designer on the new Amazon series Danger & Eggs. 

This is an exciting time for Todd — at the time of the recording he worked as a Clean-up Design Artist for Puny, and right before the release of the episode he was promoted to Character Designer, so way to go Todd!

In Part 1 of our interview Todd discusses growing up as a Disney kid in the O.C., attending Cal State Fullerton, and landing an internship which led to his first full-time gig. It’s packed with heart and laughs  and Disney tangents so prepared to be inspired!

Todd’s Websites

Portfolio
http://www.toddfavela.com/

Twitter
@toddfavela

Tumblr
http://tawd.tumblr.com/

Let’s Draw With
@Letsdrawwith

The Show

Website
www.theanimatedjourney.com

Tumblr
www.theanimatedjourney.tumblr.com

Facebook
www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

Twitter
@animjourney

Instagram
@animjourney

The Host

Website
www.sketchysoul.com

Tumblr
www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

Twitter
@SketchySoul

Instagram
@Sketchy_Soul

Ep. 012: Rosana Sullivan – Pixar Story Artist

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This week’s episode features Pixar Story Artist Rosana Sullivan! Rosie started her collegiate career in science, with the goal of becoming a veterinarian. After taking an art elective and being encouraged by some of her professors she found her true calling in the arts, changed her major, attended grad school as a visual development major, worked at a game studio then joined the story team at Pixar Animation Studios. She discusses the process of how she decided to pursue art, the highs and lows of becoming an artist, having confidence in yourself and your work, and what it was like working on The Good Dinosaur and what it’s like working on Coco. 

Rosana Sullivan’s Website

Website
http://rdsullivan.blogspot.com/

The Show

Website
www.theanimatedjourney.com

Twitter
@animjourney

Instagram
@animjourney

Facebook
www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

The Host

Website
www.sketchysoul.com

Tumblr
www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

Twitter
@SketchySoul

Instagram
@SketchySoul