The miniature’s artist and modelmaker shares how his theatrical set-building career morphed into ‘tiny sets,’ how to make connections in the field, and what he charges for custom commissions.
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 226 episodes, the podcasts cover all areas of the industry, including storyboarding, writing, animating, directing, visual development, and game design. Guests have included returning guest 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.
Podcast EP 226: How Damien James Webb Got into Miniature Model Making
This episode features miniature artist and modelmaker Damien James Webb, who works at Toronto-based Little Canada. Webb started building sets for theater - he then kept scaling smaller and smaller until he was building tiny sets for miniature projects. In this chat, Webb shares how he got into miniature model making, the opportunities for miniature artists, what tools you need to get started, and everything in between.
Tune in to Ibele and Webb to hear:
- How to make connections in the miniature industry
- What Webb charges for custom commissions
- How Webb’s original miniature work gained a social following
Ibele has begun to publish the interviews as videos as well – you can find previous interviews here!
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 A.W.N. first came to know him and his work.