Excited to have our 2018 Professionals to share through panels, workshops, demos and lectures throughout the weekend. Talk one-on-one with them, purchase their art, and hear about their new projects at their booth.
Kris Wimberly (often seen as “kris.w” on personal art and tv credits) is a storyboard artist for tv animation. For the last ten years, he’s worked at nearly every major tv animation studio including Nickelodeon, Disney TVA, Cartoon Network, Warner Bros., and several smaller animation studios around Burbank. His list of credits includes roles specializing in comedy and comedy-action, and he’s storyboarded on shows in nearly every version of tv animation – 2D, CG, Flash, script driven, board driven, Preschool, Kids TV, Primetime, and is even most currently working on his first animated feature at Universal! Kris and his team have shared tons of industry knowledge and experience through 5 seasons of The Animation Network podcast, newsletter and YouTube channel.
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Likes: Film. TV. Comics. Toys. Sweets.
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Titles: Story Artist. Animator. Teacher. Mentor. Your New Best Friend.Peter Paul is a story artist that has worked in both animation and live-action shows. He has worked consistently at most major studios: Warner Bros (upcoming Netflix show: Green Eggs & Ham), DreamWorks (Dragons: Race To The Edge), Disney (7D, TinkerBell & The Lost Treasure, Lilo & Stitch 2), Illumination (Hop), Fox (Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel) and many more. He also teaches Storyboarding at Society of Illustrators LA.
Gabby Zapata is from sunny Los Angeles, California. She majored in Computer Animation at Ringling College of Art & Design. After college, she worked at Digital Domain Studios in Port St. Lucie, Florida as a Visual Development Artist for their Feature Length Animation film, “The Legend of Tembo.” A year and a half later, Gabby moved to LA to work for Disney Mobile for a year. Fast forward to today, she is now working at Disney Digital Network in Glendale, California as Senior Lead Visual Development Artist.
RICKY DE LOS ANGELES
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Ricky De Los Angeles is a graduate of CalArts’ Character Animation program, and has since gone to have numerous jobs that involve drawing, because he loves to draw, and never really wanted to do anything else but draw. When traditional animation all but disappeared, Ricky turned to drawing caricatures at parties and events, which then led him to pursue character design and illustration. This led to a few freelance opportunities with Bento Box, Disney TV Animation, got to illustrate a book, and drew some more caricatures, even some on the East Coast with a traveling caricature group. He animated(2d Toon Boom) for video-games at WayForward Technologies for bit, until he landed a spot at Disney CreatIve Group in Glendale, Ca, as a Character Artist, where he draws art that will end up on merchandise. He recently illustrated the Disney/Pixar “COCO” book, “Miguel and the Amazing Alebrijes.” It’s a great time to be an artist, and he hopes to continue doing the drawing thing as long as he can!
I was born in London, England on August 30, 1972. Aspiring to be a professional artist my whole life and knowing drawing would be my vocation, I got my professional start in 1992 drawing caricatures at Sea World in San Diego. I have designed characters for Disney Television Animation, Sony Feature Animation and Nickelodeon Animation, designing the style of the shows such as “Kim Possible”, “Danny Phantom” Kevin Smith’s “Clerks” the animated series, and many more. I am the author and artist of 7 self-published books on the art of sketching, character design, caricature and life drawing. In addition to working freelance, and doing lectures, I am the owner of Silver Drawing Academy, an art school, located in Simi Valley, CA.
Katya Bowser grew up in Florida and went to Ringling College of Art and Design where she majored in Computer Animation. After graduating, she made the move over to Los Angeles. She freelanced for a few years doing storyboards and illustrations for various clients, as well as creating her own comics. Now she is a Storyboard Revisionist at Nickelodeon in Burbank, CA, where she and her family now call home.
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Nick Kennedy is a background painter and designer for Television Animation. Currently he is working as a full time visual development artist for Disney Interactive. In his free time he also enjoys taking on freelance work within the animation industry, and improving his skill as an oil painter. From an early age he fell in love with cartoons, and knew that he wanted to be a part of that amazing and unique world. Nick is a lifelong student and is always seeking to find new and exciting ways of creating beautiful and imaginative worlds that can communicate with an audience.
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I am a graduate of the Laguna College of Art and Design’s animation department and I have been working in animation and video games for the past 8 years. I am currently a Senior Artist working at 21st Century FoxNext. I am also an instructor at LCAD and have taught Professional Studies classes and courses.
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I’m an LA based illustrator/designer currently working in the entertainment animation industry as a Layout designer and Background designer, with experience in creating digital media on educational and social development.
Nilah Magruder is a writer and artist living in Los Angeles. She was a storyboard revisionist on DinoTrux a DreamWorks Animation Television and on Tangled: the Series at Disney Television Animation. She also contributed as a writer to LeSean Thomas’s Cannon Busters series, coming to Netflix. Nilah also makes children’s books and comics, most notably the picture book How to Find a Fox, the award-winning graphic novel M.F.K., the September issue of A Year of Marvels (part of Marvel Infinite Comics), and the upcoming graphic novel Creaky Acres.
Caroline Foley is a creator with a love for storytelling and experimenting with animation techniques. After graduating from the experimental animation program at CalArts, she got her first studio job working in the art department for Robot Chicken. Caroline worked on a variety of stop-motion projects before transitioning into the 2-d side of the industry, including being a story artist for Bojack Horseman and an animator for all three seasons of Rick and Morty. In 2016 she achieved her dream of combining her knowledge of 2-d animation with miniature sets as backgrounds for Toasty Tales, an original pilot she co-created for Amazon. Today, Caroline is a writer at Cartoon Network and enjoys spending time with her girlfriend and four cats.
I’m a Texan transplant who grew up drawing on every scrap of paper I could get my hands on. When the time came to choose a college major, I knew without a doubt that it had to be entertainment art-related. I moved to California in 2009 to begin my artistic journey as an Illustration major at California State Univerity Fullerton, and in 2014, after a summer internship the previous year, I started my career in the animation industry as a layout artist and prop designer. Since that time, I’ve been fortunate enough to work on a variety of fun television and streaming projects at Titmouse, Inc. as a background designer, storyboard revisionist, and most recently, a storyboard artist on Netflix’s “Big Mouth.” Art is my job, hobby, and life, and I couldn’t be happier.
Christine Knopp is a full time freelance illustrator who is the founder of KikiDoodle and the creator of Purrmaids. She has worked in games doing concept art for Disney Interactive, and has illustrated several children’s books and book covers including the Eisner nominated RIKKI. Christine has had a deep love for animation since she was a little girl, making up stories and imagining them as potential movies or tv shows. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon with her sphynx cats and Partner and spends a lot of her free time playing board games or traversing to the zoo.
Creating engaging stories and sharing how others can thrive in the animation industry are two of Angela Entzminger’s life goals. As the creator and host of The Animated Journey, a podcast featuring interviews with animation professionals, newcomers and veterans in the field of animation learn the ins and outs of the business through personal stories of determination and hard work. Angela’s story began in the publishing industry where she edited career guides and wrote magazine articles for various business and art publications. She made the jump to a career in entertainment by earning an MFA in animation and storyboarding and working on numerous reality television shows. Her collegiate and work experience enabled her to land an internship at Pixar, which in turn helped her become a production assistant at Nickelodeon on The Loud House. Her freelance projects include writing and illustrating comics for upcoming issues of The Loud House graphic novel series published by Papercutz and creating illustrations for NickSports and The Loud House’s Instagram accounts. Her personal and professional experiences have enabled her to share stories with people from around the world. Currently she is working on her own comic book and animated television show pitches in order to inspire the next generation of animation professionals and fans.
KEVIN T. CHIN
Kevin T. Chin is an experienced concept artist and illustrator in the entertainment industry since 2004, after graduating from the College for Creative Studies art school in Detroit, Michigan. He’s worked at studios like Disney Interactive & Junction Point Studios on the Disney Epic Mickey game series and for freelance illustration clients such as Blizzard, Upper Deck, Games Workshop and Fantasy Flight Games as well as featured on ConceptArtWorld, ImagineFX and Ballistic Publishing. Kevin currently resides in Austin, Texas working at KingsIsle Entertainment as a Principal Concept Artist on games such as Wizard 101, Pirate 101, and various new and exciting mobile games!
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Nic Gregory is a Background Painter and Color Stylist in the Los Angeles animation industry. Nic’s clients include Disney, Cartoon Network, Thinkwell, Rough Draft Studios, Legendary/Geek and Sundry, and more. Nic is also an accomplished plein air painter teaching painting classes to fellow animation artists and is also teaching at the Walt Disney Family Museum.
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Andrea Gerstmann is an artist and animator with a BFA in painting who has worked in the animation industry for 6 years. Primarily she is known for her background painting on many TV shows including: ‘Apple and Onion’ (Cartoon Network); ‘Pinky Malinky’ (Nickelodeon); ‘Pig Goat Banana Cricket’ (Nickelodeon); and ‘Summer Camp Island’ (Cartoon Network). She is also the Creator and Director of the Nickelodeon animated short ‘Dog and Squirrel’. Andrea enjoys working on all parts of animation. In her personal work, she actively creates many animations where she comes up with the ideas, storyboards, creates the designs and animates it.
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