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Podcast EP 207: How Tina Nawrocki Is Helping Keep Hand-Drawn Animation Alive

The 2D animator discusses how she creates hand-drawn animation, shares a behind-the-scenes look at her short ‘Syrenka: Legend of the Warsaw Mermaid,’ and talks about the team of women she assembled to help bring her project to life.

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 207 episodes, the podcasts cover all areas of the industry, including storyboarding, writing, animating, directing, visual development, and game design. Guests have included Aaron Augenblick, the notorious JJ Villard, Spike & Mike’s Spike Decker, Disney Director John Musker, Sony Lead Animator Humberto Rosa, Frederator’s Fred Seibert, Tumble Leaf’s Scarlet Nelson, and many others from major animation studios all over the world.

Episode 207: How Tina Nawrocki Is Helping Keep Hand-Drawn Animation Alive with a Film About Mermaids

This episode features 2D animator Tina Nawrocki who shares how she’s helping keep hand-drawn animation alive with her short film, currently in production, Syrenka: Legend of the Warsaw Mermaid. Nawrocki joins the podcast for the second time, first appearing in episode 27 when she shared how she became one of the original animators on the Cuphead video game. In this chat, Nawrocki will give a behind-the-scenes glimpse at her current production and talk about the wonderful team of women she assembled to work on it.

Tune in to Ibele and Nawrocki to hear:

  • Nawrocki’s process of creating a hand-drawn film from scratch
  • After 16 years in the industry, what made Nawrocki ready to embark on her own work
  • How a simple call from Nawrocki’s mother landed her the vocalist of her dreams

Ibele has begun to publish the interviews as videos as well – you can find previous interviews here!

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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 You can find all The Animation Podcast episodes on his Soundcloud site:

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.