Ep. 074: Alex Salsberg – Animator & Creator of PokeGravy Studios – Part I

As a kid Alex Salsberg created comics and dreamed of working in the animation industry. After attending Rochester Institute of Technology, teaching animation and freelancing for several years Alex created his own animation business, PokeGravy Studios, where he creates animated content for clients including MTV, Nickelodeon, Skype, KOA, Akamai and more. Hear the ins and outs of learning the craft, creating a business, contracts, finding clients, firing clients and keeping a healthy work/life balance in part one of our interview!

Alex Salsberg’s Websites

PokeGravy Studios
www.pokegravy.com

Instagram
@lexsalsberg

Twitter
@lexsalsberg

Not Uncut Podcast
www.notuncutpod.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/

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

The Dam Keeper Vol. 2 Presentation & Book Signing
Gallery Nucleus
Wed. July 18th, 2018
7:00 pm
https://www.gallerynucleus.com/event/676

Comic-Con International: San Diego
Thurs. July 19th – Sun. July 22nd, 2018 (Preview night July 18th)
Jeff will be there! Booth #1232 in the web comic section.
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

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

 

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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. 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. 059: Anthony Gardea – Co-Founder of Nominous Animation

In today’s episode independent animator Anthony Gardea shares how his love for storytelling and animation inspired him and his wife Becky Gill to create the independent production company Nominous Animation. Together with a team of animators, designers and voice artists they are now embarking on creating the animated film World Destroyer. In this interview Anthony discusses art school, freelance jobs, leaving LA, the highs and lows of your work going viral and being willing to adapt as you create your own stories. For anyone who has ever wanted to branch outside of the studio system and create their own films, this episode is for you!

Anthony Gardea’s Websites

Website
https://www.nominousanimation.com

Facebook
www.facebook.com/NominousAnimation

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

Tumblr
www.nominousanimation.tumblr.com

Instagram
@NominousAnimation

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.

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 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

Twitter
@JefBot

Instagram
@Shootzee

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Ep. 055: Mia Resella – Writer in the Nickelodeon Writing Program

Multi-faceted writer and artist Mia Resella shares her story on today’s podcast! From performing in plays in high school to attending UC Santa Barbara and UCLA to working for organizations such as Moonbot, DreamWorks and the Roald Dahl Estate to becoming a writer in the Nickelodeon Writing Program, Mia shares her love of creativity and how she achieved her dreams.

Mia Resella’s Websites

Website
MiaResellaIsAGrownUp

YouTube Channel
2 Broke Geeks

Vimeo Channel
Mia Resella

Tumblr
https://miaresella.tumblr.com

Instagram
@MiaResella

Twitter
@MiaResella

Animation Is Film Festival
TCL Chinese Theatre 6 Multiplex – Hollywood
Oct. 20 – 22, 2017
https://animationisfilm.com

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. 050: Ariel Goldberg – Recruiter for Nickelodeon Animation Studio

From actor to animator to recruiter, Ariel Goldberg’s story is a true testament to how hard work, dedication and being willing to step out and meet new and interesting people not only helps one in their career but also in life. In today’s interview Ariel discusses how his passion for theater and visual arts led him to work with such industry legends as Andreas Deja and how taking a chance working in human resources led him to recruiting for Nickelodeon Animation Studio. He also discusses how you can make a good impression when applying for jobs in the field of animation and why it’s important to pay attention to both small and large studios. Take notes and enjoy the 50th episode of The Animated Journey Podcast as the Nickelodeon Summer miniseries continues!

Ariel Goldberg’s Websites

LinkedIn
https://www.linkedin.com/in/arielgoldbergartist

Website
https://ariel-goldberg.com

Southern California Animation Events

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

Women in Animation Westside Mixer
The Wellesbourne
July 13th, 2017
http://womeninanimation.org/2017/07/01/jul-13-wia-westside-mixers-are-back/

Master Drawing Workshop With Henry Yan
Center Stage Gallery
July 14th – 16th, 2017
https://eventregistration.ctnadmin.com/event_details.php?id=178

British Invasion: Volume One
The Perky Nerd
https://www.facebook.com/events/365514407184646/
July 14, 2017

Comic – Con International: San Diego
San Diego Convention Center
https://www.comic-con.org/
July 20th – 23rd

Siggraph 2017 Los Angeles
Los Angeles Convention Center
July 30th – August 3rd
http://s2017.siggraph.org/content/los-angeles

Inside the Animator’s Studio: An evening with Lauren Faust
Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove
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

Check out my 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. 049: Crystal Stromer – 2D Animator for Nickelodeon’s Bunsen Is A Beast

The Nickelodeon Summer miniseries continues with animator Crystal Stromer! Crystal’s work expands the animation universe ranging from 2D animation to puppetry. She served as an animator for several shows including Nickelodeon’s El Tigre and as an animator and animation director for Shadow Machine’s BoJack Horseman,  and now works as a 2D animator for one of Nickelodeon’s newest shows, Bunsen Is A Beast. In this episode we talk about what it was like growing up in Florida, making the journey to Los Angeles, and how her love of painting and puppetry and seeing how things move have aided her animation career. And we talk a great deal about The Muppets — because they’re awesome!

Crystal Stromer’s Websites

Vimeo
https://vimeo.com/user657390

Instagram
@crystalstromer

Southern California Animation Events

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

Master Drawing Workshop With Henry Yan
Center Stage Gallery
July 14th – 16th
https://eventregistration.ctnadmin.com/event_details.php?id=178

British Invasion: Volume One
The Perky Nerd
https://www.facebook.com/events/365514407184646/
July 14, 2017

Comic – Con International: San Diego
San Diego Convention Center
https://www.comic-con.org/
July 20th – 23rd

Siggraph 2017 Los Angeles
Los Angeles Convention Center
July 30th – August 3rd
http://s2017.siggraph.org/content/los-angeles

Inside the Animator’s Studio: An evening with Lauren Faust
Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove
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

Tumblr
www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

Twitter
@SketchySoul

Instagram
@SketchySoul

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. 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