How did you get the job working for an animation studio?
Erik: For my first large studio
animation job, Comedy Central, I applied for the job and sent
in my demo reel and resume. Some of my class mates that I
worked with at some smaller studios were already on the project,
and put in a good word. At Cartoon Network, I didn't know
anyone at the studio, so I had no in at the studio. They liked
my demo reel and enjoyed the animation test I did and was
Q: How long have you been animating for?
Erik: I've been animating
professionally for about seven years now. Most of it was at
smaller internet studios and freelance work. The last three
years I've worked for Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, and
Q: What is it like working on a television
series (Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends)?
Erik: I'm not on Foster's
any more, I've moved studios to Renegade Animation and animated
on Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi. While each show had different styles
they were both pretty simular in production. For TV, the deadlines
are very important. The whole season's episodes are budgeted
out so if we go over the deadline for one episode, we'll have
that much less time on the next episode. The networks have
the shows slated to air on certain dates so the deadlines
are pretty solid.
So as an animator, I personally scan through
all the shot's I'm assigned per episodes and find the shots
that I can have the most fun with the acting and will spend
the most time on. That way I can have fun with those and the
easier shots I can get done quickly.
Q: Some advice/tips for people who want
to get into making cartoons for television?
Erik: I don't really have
any. Just have fun with what you are doing. Study all different
styles, and see what works and what doesn't. Keep striving
to get better and better. If you're having fun, it'll show
through in your work.
Q: What programs does your animation studios
use for Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends & Puffy AmiYumi?
Erik: We animated in Flash.
We used Illustrator for a few things here and there, mostly
for BGs and character outlines, but all the animation was
done in Flash.
Q: And how many hours/man power to create
Erik: For Foster's we had
about 10 - 12 animators to animate one 22 minute episode in
4weeks. It's pretty simular set up at Renegade as well. That
is just for animation. Preproduction and Postproduction spent
weeks before and after us.
Q: Where did you learn to draw and animate?
Erik: I graduated from the
Academy of Art University with a BA in Illustration/Animation.
I also just graduated from Animation Mentor a few weeks ago
with a degree in Character Animation. Most of the things I've
learned have been on the job from trial and error, fellow
from my directors.
Q: How can your fans help?
Erik: Keep watching the shows!
Q: Anything else you'd like to add?
Erik: Nothing I can
think of at the moment. :)