Artist - Rodney GK

A Brief Animation Biography
I had an interest in Animation at a very young age, I officially decided that's what I wanted to pursue in grade nine. I went to a little animation school in NB. Got my first job in PEI on a show called Doodlez where I animated, wrote, and did a few storyboards. Once that project wrapped I landed a job at Nelvana, where I still reside as an Animator/Storyboard artist.

What part of Canada do you live in? Why did you choose it?
I live in Toronto. I chose Toronto because there's a healthy animation industry here. 

What inspired you to work in animation?
I remember watching The Bugs Bunny and Tweety show when I was very young and talking about the characters as if they were real. Then one day my older brother explained to me that they're fake. My brain broke. Ha, really. I still remember sitting there quietly shocked. Trying to wrap my head around the idea that they weren't real. From then on I was very interested in how they were made.

How would you describe your artistic style?
Cartoony I guess. 

My favourite still from my first short

Can you share a piece of art work that no one has seen before?
Sure, I'll attach a .gif that I didn't like enough to post. I ended up using the spider walk cycle for Tumblr, but the idea started as this glass floor thing. 

What is one of your strongest pieces of artwork at this time, and what about it makes you feel that way?
I like my latest short, not that I think it's my strongest. It's really just a gag. But my posing has improved, and there's a lot of technical stuff that I did in Harmony (Toonboom)  that I didn't know how to do a while ago.

What role do you play in the creation of animation?
Professionally, I've been a Writer, Storyboard artist,  Character Rigger and most often I've been an Animator. In my personal work I do everything. From Music to Anim. Everything you see and hear in my shorts I do. 

What is one project that you are proud to have been involved in?
Doodlez was a very unique show. It was a bunch of 2 minute interstitials. There were a lot of really talented young artists working on that, and a lot of them went on to do some very cool things. Also because they were so short, you really got to feel like an episode was your own. 

Do you have examples of the development stages your artworks or illustrations goes through while you work on them?
Sure, I'll send you a board panel and the final image.

What project are you working on now?
As of this moment, my Cintiq is broken. So I'm taking a forced break from my personal projects.

Another still from my first short

Who is one of your favourite Canadian animators?
Ha, I sort of only know who I've worked with. I don't really follow animation like that. James O'connor is an animator/friend I've known for most of my career. I've always loved his timing/style. But he's not a guy you'd find online if you look around. 

What is one of your favourite animations or animation books? 
In animation school I went through the usually books. But I can't say I took to one in particular. I can say the old school pink panther cartoons, Bugs bunny and Tweety show, Ren and Stimpy, and maybe The Emperor's New Groove were shows/movies that I would often re watch for anim inspiration. I was always more interested in snappy funky timing than beautifully rendered smooth animation. (not that I don't enjoy movies like that) 

Who is an up-and-coming or relatively unknown Canadian animator that everyone should check out?
I don't know, there are all kinds of talent young animators/artists on the net. Look around on Tumblr for a half hour and it can make you want to quit! Ha. As for one person in particular, I don't know of one. 

Are you involved with any animation organizations in Canada?

I did a cover song for Civil War

What career or artistic goals do you hope to achieve in the next five years?
If I'm being honest I'd like to get something I created off the ground. To a degree that I'm working on it full time.

What are some of your animation milestones?
My first short "Monkey and the Rabbit" went semi viral. Cartoon Brew shared it, and said "Never has anything in such bad taste been so appealingly executed." Which made me laugh. It also made it into TAAFI. I wasn't expecting anything from that, so it was a nice surprise.

To see more of your work where can people go?