Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Pierre Speaks: What is my REAL Job?

Often when I tell people that I am an artist, it is not rare that they will tell me...."That's nice dear but... What is your REAL job" (yes Phil.... I am thinking of your wife as I'm typing this ;) ).

I am one of those "fortunate" people for whom drawing is his "real" job. After doing it for more then 10 years, I can't imagine myself doing any other job.

Note from Jim: the above pic is from Bob Morane, a cartoon Pierre was an animator on.

Somehow.... people can't imagine drawing as a job.

And even worse when it comes to drawing silly comics for a website.

At least when I mention that I am working on various TV series.... people see that as something more respectable. Heck you should have seen some people's reaction when I worked on a feature film. But still they don't see that as a "real" job.

Note 2 from Jim: Pierre was an animator on Heavy Metal 2000.

I have been working as an artist since 1996.

Although I did various crappy assignments before that like business cards, posters, and other stuff that I can't recall... I started considering myself as an artist.... heck even better.... as a professional artist only when I broke into 2D animation for some reason.

In addition to my work on Flashback Universe... and something else that Jim should announce soon, I am currently working on the Award Winning TV series "Arthur" This is my third season (more technically since we usually do 2 seasons at once) working on "Arthur" and I also did some artwork for licensing with the little guy.

Although we were in nomination for an Emmy this year, we did not win. :(

But we did win 2 Emmy Awards many seasons ago while I was working on the show. And the series won even more of those Emmys since it first started.

In the future, I will try to make a blog to explain the various steps of an animated production..... at least I can talk about the various tasks that I have done through the years.

And now not only can I call myself and artist, but I can call myself a comic book artist.

To quote my "friend" Boromir...

"Ahhhhhh.... Today... life is good. ;)

Until next time.


Pierre Villeneuve said...

Just a precision (sorry Jim ;) ).

I never was never an animator.

I was part of the design team, and later the layout and posing team on Bob Morane.

Bob Morane has to be the best animated project I have worked on. I am very proud to have worked on that show.

And I was part of the design team on Heavy Metal 2000.

So although I did work in animation... I never was an animator. ;)

Frank Dirscherl said...

Love the info/pics from very favourite cartoon series--EVER! :)

Pierre Villeneuve said...

I suspected that you would get a kick out of it Frank.

I will let you know when I make a Blog exclusively about Arthur.

JimShelley said...

Pierre, Sorry my bad about referring to you as an animator. Somehow, I've always been under the impression that's what you did on Arthur! :)


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