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

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www.theanimatedjourney.com

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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

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http://chunksthemighty.tumblr.com/

Instagram
@chunksthemighty

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

The Show

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www.theanimatedjourney.com

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www.theanimatedjourney.tumblr.com

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www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

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@animjourney

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@animjourney

The Host

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www.sketchysoul.com

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www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

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@SketchySoul

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@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

 

2D Animator and Storyboard Artist Alex Kwan

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

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www.theanimatedjourney.tumblr.com

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www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

Twitter
@animjourney

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@animjourney

The Host

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www.sketchysoul.com

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www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

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@SketchySoul

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@Sketchy_Soul

Ep. 026: Chelsea Kenna – Freelance Artist and Children’s Book Illustrator

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Freelance artist, children’s book illustrator and kitten enthusiast Chelsea Kenna graces the podcast today with her words of wisdom on succeeding in art school, making the transition from working as a lead artist at a video game studio to working full-time as a freelance artist, negotiating contracts, creating art you love and more. It’s a wonderful interview with a great guest that you won’t want to miss!

Chelsea Kenna’s Portfolio Sites

Website
www.chelseakenna.com

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

DeviantArt
http://autogatos.deviantart.com/

Twitter
@ChelseaKenna

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http://chelseakenna.tumblr.com/

Instagram
@Chelsea_Kenna

Patreon
https://www.patreon.com/chelseakenna

Redbubble
http://www.redbubble.com/people/chelseakenna/shop

Society6
https://society6.com/chelseakenna

Storenvy
http://chelseakenna.storenvy.com/

Teepublic
https://www.teepublic.com/user/chelseakenna

The Show

Website
www.theanimatedjourney.com

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www.theanimatedjourney.tumblr.com

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www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

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@animjourney

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@animjourney

The Host

Website
www.sketchysoul.com

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www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

Twitter
@SketchySoul

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@Sketchy_Soul

Ep. 025: Steve Ahn – Director for DreamWorks Animation TV for Voltron: Legendary Defender

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Voltron. Korra. TMNT. Generator Rex. These are just some of the amazing shows that director and storyboard artist Steve Ahn counts as highlights in his illustrious 10 year career. In our interview Steve shares his experiences growing up in various regions in South Korea, emigrating to the U.S., and being accepted into CalArts. Along the way Steve used his artistic skills to express what he felt he could not express in words as he navigated through the field of animation to become a director on Voltron: Legendary Defender. His tale is an inspiring and uplifting story for anyone with a dream and a desire to create amazing worlds and share the joy of storytelling with others.

Steve Ahn’s Websites

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

Twitter
@steveahn82

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http://steveahn.tumblr.com/

Instagram
@artofsteveahn

Action Adventure Cinematic Online Storyboard Workshop
https://gumroad.com/steveahn82

Replay Vol. 2 Sketchbook
https://gumroad.com/l/replayvol2

The Show

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www.theanimatedjourney.com

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@animjourney

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@animjourney

The Host

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www.sketchysoul.com

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www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

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@SketchySoul

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@Sketchy_Soul

Ep. 024: Todd Favela – Character Designer for Puny Entertainment – Part II

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In part two of this week’s episode Todd discusses what he would tell his younger self, the art of pitching your own series to various networks, the importance of taking time off from work, how to get hired for freelance jobs (and not work for free) and even how to build your own spa! And we talk about working at Puny Entertainment on their new show premiering next year on Amazon, Danger & Eggs. It’s a fun conclusion to our two part interview that you won’t want to miss!

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

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www.theanimatedjourney.tumblr.com

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www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

Twitter
@animjourney

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@animjourney

The Host

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www.sketchysoul.com

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www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

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@SketchySoul

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@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

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http://tawd.tumblr.com/

Let’s Draw With
@Letsdrawwith

The Show

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www.theanimatedjourney.com

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www.theanimatedjourney.tumblr.com

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www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

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@animjourney

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@animjourney

The Host

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www.sketchysoul.com

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@SketchySoul

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@Sketchy_Soul

Ep. 022: Tim Larson – Lead Animator for Concept Art House

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Tim is an amazing and hardworking guy who I first met as a student at Academy of Art University. He originally dreamed of being a fine artist and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in Illustration/Graphic Design. After working as a freelance artist and graphic designer he decided to switch careers to become a 2D animator. Now he works as a lead animator at Concept Art House, a mobile game studio in San Francisco, CA. He’s also illustrating a children’s book in his spare time that he and the author are hoping to shop around to find a publisher, or publish themselves. I know all of you will enjoy hearing what he has to say and will be inspired by his words of wisdom!

Tim Larson’s Websites

Portfolio
http://timothyglarson.blogspot.com/

Comics and Sketches
http://timgrandlarsony.blogspot.com/

LinkedIn
https://www.linkedin.com/in/timothy-larson-28684028

The Show

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www.theanimatedjourney.com

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@animjourney

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@animjourney

The Host

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www.sketchysoul.com

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@SketchySoul

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Ep. 021: Erin McGarry – Mobile Game Visual Development and Storyboard Artist – ClassDojo

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Episode 21 features the amazing and awesome Erin McGarry! Erin works as a visual development and storyboard artist at a mobile game start-up in San Francisco called ClassDojo. Before launching her career in the mobile gaming industry she attended Princeton and majored in fine art. Later on she discovered that she loved mobile games and began pursuing her dream of working in the gaming industry. Her story reflects the importance of working hard, being organized and getting feedback along the way.

Erin’s Portfolio Sites

Website
www.erinmcgarry.com

ClassDojo
http://bit.ly/29RsdF0

The Show

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www.theanimatedjourney.com

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www.theanimatedjourney.tumblr.com

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www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

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@animjourney

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@animjourney

The Host

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www.sketchysoul.com

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www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

Twitter
@SketchySoul

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@Sketchy_Soul

Ep. 020: Daniel Chong – Creator and Executive Producer of ‘We Bare Bears’

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In today’s interview ‘We Bare Bears’ creator and executive producer Daniel Chong discusses what it’s like running a hit animated television show. Daniel is no stranger to hard work and dedication, having storyboarded for ten years in feature animation at studios including Disney, Pixar, Blue Sky and Illumination before pitching his ideas to various studios. His story demonstrates the importance of taking charge of your career and persevering through the ups and downs that come with company layoffs, mergers, films getting shelved, pitches being turned down and ultimately, crafting and creating a hit series for Cartoon Network. It’s a fascinating journey that you won’t want to miss!

Daniel Chong’s Portfolio

Twitter
@threebarebears

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http://theicebearjudgesyou.tumblr.com/

‘We Bare Bears’ Official Crew Tumblr
http://wedrawbears.tumblr.com/

The Show

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www.theanimatedjourney.com

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@animjourney

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@animjourney

The Host

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www.sketchysoul.com

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@SketchySoul

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@Sketchy_Soul