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EPISODE 45

Leon Gittens // Artist

ULTIMATE SIDE PROJECTS FOR ARTISTS

DISCUSSED DURING THE SHOW:
  • The journey of an artist's career.
  • How to find and balance a multitude of freelance jobs. Sometimes just the experience and the exposure can make a bad salary better.
  • How your dream job might not actually be a dream job.
  • Leon's contribution to the book "Art of Change".
  • The fact that there are so few animations featuring black characters.
  • The different ways of learning and how we can all learn from each other.
Art Heroes Podcast ep.45:
Leon Gittens // Artist
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Who is it
Leon Gittens, originally from the UK, came to the US as a basketball player, but soon after returned to his true love, the arts. Leon really began at the basics teaching himself to use Photoshop, Painter and dabbling in photography. But, animation was always his calling. He attended a few art and animation schools before finally getting a break at the facial animation company, Image Metrics. He then bounced about Toonbox Studios, Reel FX and Sony.

Why should you listen
Leon is a self-taught + self-made animator living in the US who experiments with variety of media. He's been in the industry for 20+ years, and has worked on the Spiderman PS4 game, and was the facial animator on A Curious Case of Benjamin Button. He now resides at Insomniac Games. When he's not busy keeping his kids alive, he's working on his illustrated T-shirt brand and finishing his scripts for his own TV show.
About Leon Gittens
Leon Gittens, originally from the UK, came to the US as a basketball player, but soon after returned to his true love, the arts. Leon really began at the basics teaching himself to use Photoshop, Painter and dabbling in photography. But, animation was always his calling. He attended a few art and animation schools before finally getting a break at the facial animation company, Image Metrics. He then bounced about Toonbox Studios, Reel FX and Sony.

Leon is a self-taught + self-made animator living in the US who experiments with variety of media. He's been in the industry for 20+ years, and has worked on the Spiderman PS4 game, and was the facial animator on A Curious Case of Benjamin Button. He now resides at Insomniac Games. When he's not busy keeping his kids alive, he's working on his illustrated T-shirt brand and finishing his scripts for his own TV show
"There's nothing like being in a creative space with other artists, like there's something about the energy or what it brings out of you."
GET IN TOUCH WITH LEON GITTENS
Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/399785767
Website: http://g1toons.storeenvy.com/
Instagram: @G1toons
"One of the things I realized, even at a young age, was like I didn't ever see Black cartoon characters or Heroes."
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