Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Meet....the animator (Kevin van Kraayenburg )

"Toasted Ham and Cheese has definitely had a major influence on my character development. It has become one of the standards I measure life by."

What does sailing yachts in the Caribbean have in common with animation? Nothing except that Kevin van Kraayenburg has done both. Kevin who is working on Zambezia, as both an animator and layout artist, has been hooked on animation ever since he was a kid, or as he puts it..."a a victim of peer pressure at pre-primary school and  sat down to watch a gripping episode of the Ninja Turtles - it had everything, action, suspense, drama, thrilling adventure, Kung Fu, romance and mutant turtles!" Grown-up Kevin cites Ratatouille, How to Train your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda, Horton hears a Who and...Top Gun as a few of his greatest influences. The animation character he most identifies with is Samurai Jack because he is well-mannered, strong willed and wears slops. But consensus at the studio seems to sit with Wiley E. Coyote or a "dirty wizard" like Jafar or a dirtier version of Gandalf before he got his robes washed. If you want (or dare) to see Kevin's work, click here. Pin It

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