Phylicia Fuentes

LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
PRIMARY MEDIA: Ink, pen, pencil, digital [Photoshop, Flash]
EDUCATION: School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston [BFA, traditional animation]
MAJOR PROJECTS:
A series of three Adult Swim bumpers
WHAT IS THE MOST VALUABLE PIECE OF ARTISTIC ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED, AND FROM WHO?
As a young animator, I used to watch this Sally Cruikshank interview often. I really love her sentiment of utilizing animation as a format for creating worlds that are impossible otherwise. Whenever I make personal work, I always think of this, to consistently challenge myself to make something that’s only possible to achieve in animation. As a current artist, I’ve received lots of advice from many other artists about accepting rejection and failure, and staying resilient, which is incredibly valuable to me and important to remember. Even attending a lecture with Brad Bird recently, he stressed the importance of artists embracing failure as part of their lifestyle. Hearing this from someone I perceive as very successful was very illuminating.
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Chris McDonnell

Chris McDonnell

Chris McDonnell’s recent animation productions include segments for Tour de Pharmacy (HBO), Lady Dynamite (Netflix), Comedy Bang Bang (IFC), Kroll Show (Comedy Central), Mike Tyson Mysteries (Adult Swim). Chris’s books include Steven Universe: Art & Origins and Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo, Sasquatch’s Big Hairy Drawing Book, and Unfiltered: The Complete Ralph Bakshi. He works from his studio McD Workshop and teaches animation at The University of the Arts and Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia.

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