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Gender MALE
Industry Engineering
Occupation Mechanical Engineer
Location San Francisco Bay Area, California, United States
Introduction I grew up watching old animated black and white Disney and Fleischer Bros. cartoons, Russian cartoons, as well as animation work from China and India. I attended junior colleges in southern California majoring in art with emphasis on cartooning and animation (that was before 3D). Tom Shannon who later became a Disney storyboard illustrator on such hits as Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Lion King, Hunchback of Notre Dame, just to name a few was a major influence on developing my skill and style in cartoon illustrations. I was fortunate enough to take a 2D animation class by a retired Disney/Hanna-Barbera animator, the late George Goepper at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. We used pegboards, animation paper, animation cells and learned the very basic foundations of animation. I dabbled with Infini-D, 3DSMax, and Animaion:Master until the rise of Animation Mentor. My goal now is to simply become the best animator that I can be. If I get a job animating for a living, all the better. Or I could simply make my own shorts and tell my own stories, which I also enjoy.
Interests Art, music, travel, restaurants, nature hikes, movies.
Favorite Movies STAR WARS! (all of them), Ratatouille, Matrix (all of them), Jungle Book, i Robot, Minority Report, Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs, A.I., The Incredibles, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Cars, The Fifth Element, Ice Age ( all of them) 2001 A Space Odyssey, Shrek (all o them)...etc..etc..etc..
Favorite Music I like old blues, big band, some jazz, new age, classical, some Arabic, and whatever I'm in the mood for that moment :) Some of my favorites are Pink Martini, Yanni, Michael Buble, Dianna Krall, Ennio Morricone, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Mike Oldfield, Pink Floyd, Louis Armstrong, Kodo, Johann Strauss, Stokowski's Carmina Burana by Karl Orff, Andy Williams, Fairuz, Abdel Halim Hafez, Um Kulthum, and Muhammad Abdel Wahab.
Favorite Books I am not much of a recreational reader, but I read The Kite Runner and that was very good. Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. I have read Disney's The Illusion of Life from cover to cover when I frst got it as a gift back in 1981. I like the art books that I purchased way back when, like Roger Dean's Views, Patrick Woodroffe's Mythopoekon, The Art of Patrick Nagel, Boris Vallejo's Fantasy Art Techniques and The Graphic World of M. C. Escher.