Hey guys!! Sorry about the delay in requests. I won’t get to every one of them but I do have a few more to post. Work’s been keeping me busy. Now I’m about to board a flight home to visit for the first time in a year! So, for those asking, I’ll do what I can when I get back. :) 

Picture because who likes boring text posts? Found an old photo of me in SCADmag (idk if that’s the name haha.) But yeah, #famous.

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Hey guys!! Sorry about the delay in requests. I won’t get to every one of them but I do have a few more to post. Work’s been keeping me busy. Now I’m about to board a flight home to visit for the first time in a year! So, for those asking, I’ll do what I can when I get back. :)

Picture because who likes boring text posts? Found an old photo of me in SCADmag (idk if that’s the name haha.) But yeah, #famous.

See you in two weeks!


What exercises do you do/did you do to get such great motion and weight in your characters? I've been practicing gesture drawing a ton lately, but I still feel like something isn't "clicking" in terms of bringing that into drawing from memory. from Anonymous

Oh gosh I’m no expert on gestures, so bear with me, haha. Whenever I’m not sure where to distribute weight with a pose, I just get up and do the pose I’m attempting to draw (to the best of my ability.) Same goes with expressions…have a mirror by your desk, do what you’re trying to illustrate for yourself. Most of the time you figure it out pretty quickly and can push the drawing a bit more with that information.


I have a question about the animation industry... How do you hop from one job to another so quickly in the industry? I'm afraid of doing contract work when I graduate because I worry there will be a gap between jobs. Do you just regularly send out your resume or do people recommend you and you just slide right into each job as you finish? p.s. your stuff is super awesome and I love seeing you update! from Anonymous

I think gaps can happen for all kinds of reasons…I’m sure the waiting game is a game many artists have played before. And it may seem like I’ve moved around quickly but I definitely spent a few months this year taking tests, interviewing, and refreshing my inbox. I don’t know where I’ll be when Smallfoot ends…but that’s kind of exciting! And when the time comes, I guess the plan of attack will be the same as it has been thus far: keep updating my work, communicating/ inquiring, and hoping for the best!


Hi! I love your work. What are some of the best habits to get into to become a better storyboard artist? Are there any warm ups you can suggest or studies that were particularly helpful? What do you do first when you have a scene planned in your head but it's vague? ( sorry about so many questions!!)) from thisnameyoucanactuallypronounce

Thanks! One of my mentors at Blue Sky gave me a hot tip/ exercise to help me with composition. He talked about watching films with a sketchpad and pausing the movie to quickly sketch a thumbnail-sized version of the shot and block out the color in 3-tone greyscale (white, grey, black.) It’s a fast, simple exercise and helps you work out how the FG, MG, BG, lighting, staging, poses really influence the story shot by shot. 

Otherwise, I guess I’d just suggest sketching every day, drawing as often as you can. I believe it was Tom Bancroft who compared becoming a great artist to becoming an Olympic swimmer. To paraphrase/ borrow his quote, you gotta get in the water and practice swimming every day to win the gold. This definitely applies to not knowing where to begin with a scene as well. Procrastination is an easy trap to fall into when you don’t know where to start (guilty.) You just gotta draw…something…haha. Put something down and run with it, or away from it. Just do it!

Recreationally, I know I personally get kinda burnt out after work most days…but I still try to draw something for myself at least once every day either early in the morning or before I go to bed. Since I storyboard all day I like to do some designs/ sketchy stuff at night. Honestly, a lot of it is just sorta fun, mindless fanart but I really want to start doing the Sketch Dailies prompts instead…those seem like a lot of fun! I do also board for fun, I’ve been working on a Little Shop of Horrors piece on and off for a while now.


Hey Kaitlin! I know we never met, but I remember your portfolio from when my boss Jeff Fastner was collecting for FCP back at SCAD career fair. After one look I remember saying, "She's going places," and I'm so glad to see you have! Congrats on your success thus far. from offcolored

Oh bananas! Dude, thanks so much. That’s really sweet! :) Hope the east coast is treating you well!!


What shows did you do? from chameleoncove

At Blue Sky the other trainees and I did some uncredited gags for Rio 2, we also did some stuff for the upcoming Peanuts movie. Thennn I boarded on Teen Titans Go! for a little over a month before moving to WB’s feature division (where I am now) to board on their film, Smallfoot.

Honestly, I’m pretty green, I’m just turning 23 tomorrow and I only have about a year of post-college work experience, people should know that when reading my responses. But I try to convey everything I’ve been taught by my studio mentors and more seasoned friends and colleagues. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with and learn from some really talented people during these experiences!


Hi Kaitlyn! I've been following your work since you were on dA. It's been really awesome to see you art and style develop! :) I've been wanting to go into the animation field for the longest time and I'm going to be applying for schools soon. One of the possibilities is SCAD. What was your experience there like? What classes did you take? I also noticed on your resume something about Cal Arts? What did you do there? I'd love to try for there too, but it looks intimidating haha. from tokzilla

Oh boy. This is the question I always kind of avoid answering, haha. I am going to preface this by saying that your education is 10000000% percent what you MAKE of it- no matter where you go. I think a rat once said “not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere.” So, I believe that as long as you have the drive and you put the time, work, and research into what it is you want to do, you’ll be fine.

SCAD for me was great in some respects and lackluster in others. I met so many wonderful people there, faculty, fellow students, dogs. Savannah has such great dogs, let me tell you. Just go to Forsyth Park and you’ll see what I mean. I LOVE Savannah…the city itself is somewhere I’d love to live again and I get homesick for it a lot. As far as SCAD itself…this is a school where, again, it’s just what you make of it. The first two years are foundations…meaning: you will not practice your major at all. That one took me by surprise. Granted, I did very little research on the school before I decided to go…but yeah, attending a school for animation and not even having one class in it until I was a junior was less than awesome. One thing I can tell you is that SCAD has INSANELY great resources. Their applications are constantly updated and there are HD cintiqs/ dual monitors everywhere (as well as any other form of technology you might need.) So yeah, if you go there…use it to your advantage. Learn as many programs as you can…draw on those gorgeous cintiqs…that stuff is really expensive post-grad.

There are all kinds of reasons people choose the schools they choose for college and I feel like I am in NO position to really sway people one way or another because, as I’ve said twice now, it’s all up to you to get where you intend to go in the end. Personally, SCAD was a second choice to CalArts for me. I attended the CalArts summer program CSSSA in 2007 (back when I was about 16) and fell in love. When I submitted a portfolio for college, I was rejected. C’est la vie. I found somewhere else to go (SCAD), submitted two weeks before the submission deadline on a whim, got accepted, and moved to…Georgia. Georgia is literally the last place I saw myself going to school, but hey, it worked out just fine and I even fell in love with the city I lived in. Now I’m out in California, working at a feature studio, living with my room mate from CSSSA all those years ago. Life is funny. Best of luck!


ASKAPALOOZA

So I’ve been getting a nutty amount of emails and asks lately about storyboarding/ art/ school lately and like a dummy I keep responding/ publishing them privately. 

If you have any questions you’d like to ask about me, my art, school, storyboarding, my cat, your cat, any cat at all, feel free to drop me an ask! I’ll be around to answer tonight and tomorrow!

PS: Remaining requests coming soon! I’ve got all the sketches, just throwin’ down the color. :)


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Your art and animation is beautiful. What will you be working on now? from mrmarcuscarter20

Thank you! I was freelancing on Titans Go! for a while but I’ve since moved to the feature department of Warner Brothers (just re-opened) and am working as a storyboard artist on a film called Smallfoot being directed by Sergio Pablos. It’s been very inspiring working with Sergio and his team so far! Such incredibly talented artists!