What made you decide to go the route of cartooning as opposed to all the other forms of art or even just all the other forms of drawing out there? Who were your influences?
I think it just makes the most sense.
I’ve always loved cartoons and the art form, and just knew… felt in my bones… that I wanted to be a part of/to participate in the animation/cartooning field since forever.
I have way too many influences to name, but off the top of my head (and looking around my room): Robert Crumb, Ub Iwerks, Cristina Paulos, Mary Blair, Amy Sol, Lynne Naylor, Alex Kirwan, Pen Ward, Dan Meth, Niko Anesti, Ghostshrimp, Thurop Van Orman, Jamie Hewlett, James Kochalka, Charles Schulz, Gene Deitch, Matt Groening, Ralph Steadman, Dave Sim, Rob Schrab, Yoshitomo Nara, Paul Rand, Marcel Dzama, Jim Flora, Jim Henson, Kazuo Umezu, Osamu Tezuka, and many, many, many, many, many more! ETC.
I should compile a list someday! ;)
My name is Vivian and I am an Animation MFA student at UCLA. I was wondering if there is any contact information for Thurop van Orman you could share with the us- the Animation Workshop would like to add him to our Archive of Interviews but we ar
Unfortunately, I can’t give that info out Vivian. Sorry. But I would try calling Cartoon Network and asking perhaps? He also seems fairly active on his deviant art page, perhaps there as well? Hope that helps! Good luck!