start off with the bad news. I'm 63. In all those years, the only thing
I've ever did was draw. Grade School, High School, Art School, career.
I got my first job at a local animation studio in 1964. I was in Art
School at the time hoping some day to illustrate like Rockwell or Albert
Dorn. But this cartoon stuff was real easy and I was getting paid, so I
never looked back. After about 18 years I became a good animator and
layout artist. I worked for a guy named Rick Reinert. I was with him way
too long. He just let me do my thing.
I started freelancing on the side and suddenly realized how underpaid I
was. I worked for all the major animation studios in L.A., In 1983,
Rick's one time salesman, wanted to start an animation studio in
Cleveland, I moved back home and slowly starved... The one good thing
about that decision, was meeting my future wife while in Cleveland.
I still had all my contacts from L.A. and plenty of work in Cleveland,
and up in Toronto -another Reinert animation connection - to keep me
busy. Around 1994 or 95' I started working for a animation studio in
Columbus (Character Builders) that lasted about 8 years, good pay lots
of fun. They did work for Disney and Dreamworks and I did most of the
animation layouts for them. That's 40 years of continuous work!