The aspiring animation artist shares how he picked up the skills necessary for a career in animation, the obstacles faced by independent artists, and his strategy for starting his own studio.
Check out Terry Ibele’s Animation Industry Podcast, featuring a new podcast every week focusing on the stories of today’s animation professionals - how they got to where they are, and what they learned along the way. Now home to 148 episodes, the podcasts cover all areas of the industry, including storyboarding, writing, animating, directing, visual development, game design, and more.
Guests have included Aaron Augenblick, the notorious JJ Villard, Spike & Mike’s Spike Decker, Disney Director John Musker, Sony Lead Animator Humberto Rosa, Cuphead’s Tina Nowracki, Frederator’s Fred Seibert, Tumble Leaf’s Scarlet Nelson, and many others from major animation studios all over the world.
Podcast EP 148 is How Twight is Entering the Animation Industry as an Independent Artist.
This episode is with Memphis, Tennessee artist Twight, an aspiring animator who shares the “eureka moment” that propelled him to pursue a career in animation. In this chat, he covers what he’s doing to pick up the necessary skills in animation, storyboarding, script writing, and character design on his own, as well as his process to create an independently animated television show.
Tune in to Ibele and Twight to hear:
- 3 key ways Twight is picking up animation skills while working full time
- The biggest obstacles independent artists face entering the industry
- Twight’s strategy to start his own studio
Ibele, himself a stop-motion animator (see AWN’s Fresh Takes piece on his whimsical short, The Silly Duck Wizard, deftly digs into all manner of topics, encouraging interviewees to share insights and opinions on a wide range of topics like pitching shows, marketing your work online, key skills studios look for when they bring on talent in storyboarding, vizdev, character design and animation.
In 2018, Ibele, who lives in Toronto, decided to quit his career as a Marketer and pursue his love for animation. Since then, he’s become well known for his viral animation productions, which include the previously mentioned Silly Duck Wizard, which is how AWN first came to know him and his work.
Learn more about Ibele’s work and podcast by visiting terryibele.com. You can find all The Animation Podcast episodes on his Soundcloud site: https://soundcloud.com/animation-podcast.
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.