Ep. 043: Jeff Schuetze – Actor, Animator, Storyboard and Comic Artist

Actor, animator, storyboard and comic artist Jeff Schuetze knows a thing or two about working hard to perfecting your craft as an artist. His animation experience includes creating animated shorts for companies like College Humor, Rooster Teeth and Glamour, as well as creating the semi-autobiographical comic strip Jefbot. In today’s animation podcast interview Jeff discusses his journey from aspiring paleontologist as a child to focusing on the world of animation in order to become a professional animator and storyboard artist!

Jeff Schuetze’s Websites

Website
https://jefbot.carbonmade.com/

Comic
www.jefbot.com
Use code AJ to save 20% off on all jefbot merchandise!

Tumblr
http://jefbot.tumblr.com/

Facebook
@jeffschuetze

Instagram
@shootzee

Twitter
@jefbot

Los Angeles Art Events

MerMay Art Show 
May 19, 2017
http://www.theperkynerd.com/

Project Neverland Gallery Show
Thru June 11, 2017
http://centerstagegallery.com/event/opening-reception-project-neverland/

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

The Podcast

Website
www.theanimatedjourney.com

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www.theanimatedjourney.tumblr.com

Facebook
www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

Twitter
@animjourney

Instagram
@animjourney

The Host

Website
www.sketchysoul.com

Facebook
www.facebook.com/sketchysoul

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www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

Twitter
@SketchySoul

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@SketchySoul

Ep. 039: Louise Smythe – Pixar Story Artist – Part II

Annie-nominated Pixar Story Artist Louise Smythe returns to share her experience reviewing portfolios at CTNX 2016 as well as to talk movies and storytelling. It’s a fun conclusion to our two part episode that you won’t want to miss!

Louise Smythe’s Websites

Website
http://louise-smythe.blogspot.com/

Instagram
@Miss.Louise.S

Animation Events & More!

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

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

Illustration Academy
http://www.theillustrationacademy.com/

The Show

Website
www.theanimatedjourney.com

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www.theanimatedjourney.tumblr.com

Facebook
www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

Twitter
@animjourney

Instagram
@animjourney

The Host

Website
www.sketchysoul.com

Facebook
www.facebook.com/sketchysoul

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www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

Twitter
@SketchySoul

Instagram
@SketchySoul

Ep. 038: Louise Smythe – Pixar Story Artist – Part I

Annie-nominated Story Artist Louise Smythe shares her story today on the podcast! Growing up in Memphis, TN Louise dreamed of becoming an illustrator. While in college she discovered the magic of animation via Disney behind-the-scenes segments on DVD, and then worked to make her dream a reality. Join us as we discuss her college career and interning and working full-time at Pixar Animation Studios!

Louise Smythe’s Websites

Website
http://louise-smythe.blogspot.com/

Instagram
@Miss.Louise.S

Animation Events & More!

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

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

Women in Animation Events
http://womeninanimation.org/calendar/

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

Illustration Academy
http://www.theillustrationacademy.com/

The Show

Website
www.theanimatedjourney.com

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www.theanimatedjourney.tumblr.com

Facebook
www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

Twitter
@animjourney

Instagram
@animjourney

The Host

Website
www.sketchysoul.com

Facebook
www.facebook.com/sketchysoul

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www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

Twitter
@SketchySoul

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@SketchySoul

Ep. 034: Scotland Barnes – Storyboard Artist for Disney TV Animation and Former Academy of Art University Instructor – Part II

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In part two of my interview with Scotland Barnes we discuss what it was like working at various retail jobs to make ends meet, having an all or nothing mentality, how he found his freelance jobs, teaching at the university level, working at Disney and more!

Scotland Barnes’ Websites

Blog: http://scotlandbarnes.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Scotlandbarnes

Tumblr: http://scotlandbarnes.tumblr.com/

Twitter: @scotlandbarnes

Instagram: @scotlandbarnes

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: @SketchySoul

 

Ep. 033: Scotland Barnes – Disney TV Animation Storyboard Artist and former Art Instructor at Academy of Art University – Part I

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Scotland Barnes is one of the hardest working people in the animation industry today. In part one of our interview he talks about graduating from undergrad and grad school during economic downturns, working at various survival jobs, and finding as many courses and books inside and outside of school as he could in order to improve his storytelling chops. Find out why it’s important to study all facets of art, how discovering your style of learning can help you level up and how teaching others can help you solidify your understanding of the field of animation!

Scotland Barnes’ Websites

Blog: http://scotlandbarnes.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Scotlandbarnes

Tumblr: http://scotlandbarnes.tumblr.com/

Twitter: @scotlandbarnes

Instagram: @scotlandbarnes

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: @SketchySoul

Ep. 032 Everett Downing – Sony Pictures Animation Storyboard Artist and Creator of ‘The Book of Mojo’ Part II

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In Episode 032 Storyboard Artist and Animator Everett Downing discusses how he landed his various jobs at the top studios in the industry, what it was like getting interviewed on NPR, Wired Magazine, i09 and more for 365 Supers and his current project, The Book of Mojo. And if you’re going to CTNX 2016 in Burbank Nov. 18th – 20th you can hear him speak about his work and career and The Book of Mojo!

Everett Downing’s Portfolio Sites

Website: http://www.edowning.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/edogdowning

Instagram: @Edogdowning

Twitter: @Mr_Scribbles

The Book of Mojo: http://www.bookofmojo.com/

See Everett Downing Live at CTNX in Burbank, CA!

Saturday Nov. 19, 2016
The Virtual Studio – 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm

Sunday Nov. 20, 2016
Cultural Representation in Film and Books – 12:45 pm to 1:30 pm
Book Signing – The Book of Mojo – 2:00 pm to 3:30pm

Check out the link for more information and to purchase tickets:
http://ctnanimationexpo.com

Also, previous guests Steve Ahn, Mike Yates and Pat Marconett will be in attendance at CTNX and previous guest Christine Knopp will be at DesignerCon. Make sure to say hello!

DesignerCon 2016
http://www.designercon.com/
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: @SketchySoul

Ep. 031: Everett Downing – Storyboard Artist for Sony Pictures Animation and Creator of ‘The Book of Mojo’ – Part I

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Animator and Storyboard Artist Everett Downing turned his love of comics, movies and storytelling into a career at some of the most well-known studios in the animation industry including Big Idea, Blue Sky, Pixar, DreamWorks and Sony Pictures Animation. In part one of our interview he discusses how seeing Toy Story in college changed his artistic trajectory and how it’s important to pay attention to changes in the animation landscape. And if you’re going to CTNX 2016 in Burbank Nov. 18th – 20th you can hear him speak about his work and career including his latest collaborative project The Book of Mojo!

Everett Downing’s Portfolio Sites

Website: http://www.edowning.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/edogdowning

Instagram: @Edogdowning

Twitter: @Mr_Scribbles

The Book of Mojo: http://www.bookofmojo.com/

See Everett Downing Live at CTNX in Burbank, CA!

Saturday Nov. 19, 2016
The Virtual Studio – 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm

Sunday Nov. 20, 2016
Cultural Representation in Film and Books – 12:45 pm to 1:30 pm
Book Signing – The Book of Mojo – 2:00 pm to 3:30pm

Check out the link for more information and to purchase tickets:
http://ctnanimationexpo.com

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: @SketchySoul

Ep. 029: Michael Yates – Story Artist for Pixar Animation Studios

If you love storyboarding, you’ll love today’s interview with Pixar Story Artist Michael Yates! Michael worked as a Story Trainee at both Disney Feature Animation and DreamWorks Animation, as well as working as a Story Intern at Pixar, before taking a full-time job as a Story Artist on Cars 3 at Pixar. In today’s interview Michael discusses the importance of working on personal projects, learning as much as you can in and outside of school, and developing a thick skin in order to improve your storytelling chops. And check out his amazing student film, The Legend of the Flying Tomato!

Michael Yates’ Websites

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yatesart.tumblr.com/

Twitter
@yyates05

Instagram
@yyates05

The Legend of the Flying Tomato
https://vimeo.com/90549174

The Show

Website
www.theanimatedjourney.com

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www.theanimatedjourney.tumblr.com

Facebook
www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

Twitter
@animjourney

Instagram
@animjourney

The Host

Website
www.sketchysoul.com

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www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

Twitter
@SketchySoul

Instagram
@Sketchy_Soul

Continuing Education

I am taking courses at two online schools — check them out:

The Oatley Academy – The Storyteller’s Summit

Schoolism – Alex Woo’s Gesture Drawing Course

Awesome find of the week: The Gnomon School

Check out their live stream, Bringing “Stranger Things” to Life: An Evening with Aaron Sims Creative, and see how the Burbank, CA studio created the terrifying Demogorgon!
http://bit.ly/2c7XIsw

Ep. 028: Alex Kwan – 2D Animator and Storyboard Artist for Titmouse – Part II

 

AlexKwanTitleCardEp028In part two of my interview with Niko and the Sword of Light Storyboard Artist Alex Kwan, we discuss how to manage your time as a freelancer, the importance of saying no to jobs, her amazing trip to Japan and her tours of various Japanese animation studios, and she discusses her beautiful  Titmouse 5 Second Short, Chasing Sunlight!

Alex Kwan’s Portfolio Sites

Twitter
@ChunksTheMighty

Tumblr
http://chunksthemighty.tumblr.com/

Instagram
@chunksthemighty

Chasing Sunlight Short
https://youtu.be/KGbaYspipS0

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

I am taking courses at two online schools — check them out:

The Oatley Academy – The Storyteller’s Summit

Schoolism – Alex Woo’s Gesture Drawing Course

Ep. 027: Alex Kwan – 2D Animator and Storyboard Artist for Titmouse – Part I

 

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2D animator and storyboard artist Alex Kwan shares how she decided to jump into the field of animation! She’s worked on a number of amazing shows including WordGirl for Soup2Nuts and Motorcity; China, IL and Niko and the Sword of Light for Titmouse. She is also a freelancing ninja and in her spare time creates whimsical illustrations. In part I Alex discusses how her artistic journey led her to attending the School of Visual Arts in New York, how she landed her first internship at World Leaders Entertainment and how she became a professional animator and now storyboard artist for Titmouse. It’s a fun episode you won’t want to miss!

Alex Kwan’s Portfolio Sites

Twitter
@ChunksTheMighty

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http://chunksthemighty.tumblr.com/

Instagram
@chunksthemighty

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