This week several of our Manchester studio artists are being featured as guest panelists as part of BBC
We caught up with guest panelist and our Lead Background Artist
Can you tell us a little about your career path and what lead you to your current role?
I have a degree in Animation and Illustration. This was useful to me, because I learnt a lot about the pipeline of an animation,
While I don't think you
Originally, I joined Brown Bag as a Junior Rigger because I knew
Once that contract
What does a Lead Background Artist do?
I paint Key Backgrounds, which establish a location within an episode. The texture and paint team then use the Keys to complete the rest of the backgrounds,
What skills do you need to become a Lead Background Artist?
Being able to spot problems early
Good understanding of colour, light and perspective. Being able to communicate effectively, because you end up talking to lots of people at all stages of the pipeline.
What are your essential items?
Tea: I'm not a big fan of water, so tea keeps me hydrated and awake!
Blanket: To keep myself warm. I get
Figurines: I love video games and films, so I
Tablet Pen: Couldn't do much without it! I use my tablet pen every day, so they wear down pretty quickly. Thankfully Wacom supply extra tips for the pens.
What advice would you give to students considering their options / entry into the animation industry?
I would advise students to go to networking events, and to increase their professional online presence. The more contacts you have, the more opportunities will present themselves to you.