The Ink and Paint Girls Podcast

19
Jul

I&PG- 066, The Colorful #Herstory of Bianca Majolie

Welcome to the Ink and Paint Girls podcast where we celebrate women working in animation and explore representation behind the scenes and on the screen.

In an era where women mostly worked in the Ink and Paint Department, a young woman named Bianca Majolie was hired to (as one news outlet reported) invade "the strictly masculine stronghold" of the story department at Disney Animation. She was the first recorded woman to work as a storyboard and concept artist for the company. Her most remembered accomplishment was creating the Silly Symphony cartoon, Elmer Elephant, as well as was a source of inspiration for animators like Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston who sited her philosophies on pathos for how the studio's storytelling style eventually evolved. A lesson that the gag-driven storytellers in the room weren't ready for at the time!

Hosted by Rebecca Nelson and Cassie Soliday.
Additional research by Samantha Conroy @anim_heroine

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The episode artwork of Bianca Majolie was drawn and painted by the wonderful Madi Hodges. Check her work out at http://madidrawsthings.tumblr.com and https://www.instagram.com/madidrawsthings !

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BIBLIOGRAPHY OF RESOURCES USED

Library Collections:

NYU Fales Library
John Canemaker Animation Collection
http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/html/fales/cane/

Books:

Canemaker, John (1996). Before the Animation Begins: The Art and Lives of Disney Inspirational Sketch Artists. Hyperion Books.

Ghez, Didier (2015). They Drew as They Pleased: The Hidden Art of Disney's Golden Age. Chronicle Books. 

Johnson, Mindy; Foray, June (2017). Ink & paint : the women of Walt Disney's animation. Disney Editions.

Websites:

http://cartoonresearch.com/index.php/disneys-silly-symphony-woodland-cafe-1937/

https://www.waltdisney.org/blog/worth-much-man-cracking-celluloid-ceiling

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bianca_Majolie

https://www.californiawatercolor.com/pages/carl-westdahl-heilborn-biography

 

 

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14
Jul

I&PG- 065, Katya Bowser, Storyboard Artist & Illustrator

Welcome to the Ink and Paint Girls podcast where we celebrate women working in animation and explore representation behind the scenes and on the screen.

Katya Bowser is a Storyboard Artist and Children’s Book Illustrator. Currently working as a storyboard revisionist at Nickelodeon on the pre-school show, “Shimmer and Shine,” she cut her teeth storyboarding for DisneyToons Studio, Epipheo Studios, many projects by independent filmmakers and then there’s the kids book she created, “Dex T-Rex”, which was published through Stan Lee’s Kids Universe. Though this is all impressive, I have to admit that my favorite of her work would have to be her journal and mommy comics, where she documents her life with her little girl and husband. We discuss how she was able to turn freelance boards into a full-time inhouse gig, how she balances motherhood and work life, as well as how she stays motivated to create in her free time.

 

Find Katya online:
Portfolio: http://www.katyabowser.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/katyabowserart
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/katyabowserart/

Ink and Paint Girls on Social Media:
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3
Jul

I&PG- 064, Lisa Dosson, Co-Founder of Model Drawing Collective & Commercial Storyboard Artist (part 2)

Welcome to the Ink and Paint Girls podcast where we celebrate women working in animation and explore representation behind the scenes and on the screen.

This is part 2 of our interview with Lisa Dosson.

She is a commercial storyboard artist who has worked on promotions for Disney’s Moana, Rapunzel, Pixar’s Coco, and Finding Dory among many live action commercials selling things like the Facebook watch. She’s boarded and animated on music videos like “Walk Over Me” for the All-American Rejects. She is also the co-founder and manager of the Model Drawing Collective, which is one of the best open figure drawing workshops in LA- having sessions at Titmouse Animation Studios, the Animation Guild, Nickelodeon, and more. 

 

Lisa Dosson links:
http://lisadosson.blogspot.com
https://www.instagram.com/lisadosson/

Model Drawing Collective:
https://www.facebook.com/ModelDrawingCollective/

 

Bre's Twitter:
@breanimator

Check out Bre's podcast Black n' Animated on Twitter:
@BlackNAnimated

 

Ink and Paint Girls on Social Media:
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Instagram
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29
Jun

I&PG- 063, Lisa Dosson, Co-Founder of Model Drawing Collective & Commercial Storyboard Artist (part 1)

Welcome to the Ink and Paint Girls podcast where we celebrate women working in animation and explore representation behind the scenes and on the screen.

Lisa Dosson is a commercial storyboard artist who has worked on promotions for Disney’s Moana, Rapunzel, Pixar’s Coco, and Finding Dory among many live action commercials selling things like the Facebook watch. She’s boarded and animated on music videos like “Walk Over Me” for the All-American Rejects. She is also the co-founder and manager of the Model Drawing Collective, which is one of the best open figure drawing workshops in LA- having sessions at Titmouse Animation Studios, the Animation Guild, Nickelodeon, and more. Lisa is passionate about storytelling, figure drawing, and community-- which you’ll soon find out how deeply that runs! This is a two part interview with the first half focusing on how her dark days after college, new to LA, lead to a path where she co-created the Model Drawing Collective and how knowing the foundations will only help you on your artistic journey!

Lisa Dosson links:
http://lisadosson.blogspot.com
https://www.instagram.com/lisadosson/

Model Drawing Collective:
https://www.facebook.com/ModelDrawingCollective/

 

Bre's Twitter:
@breanimator

Check out Bre's podcast Black n' Animated on Twitter:
@BlackNAnimated

 

Ink and Paint Girls on Social Media:
Twitter
@InkNPaintGirls

Instagram
@inkandpaintgirls

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23
May

I&PG- 062, Color is Design with Ashley Fisher & Jessica Yost

Welcome to the Ink and Paint Girls podcast where we celebrate women working in animation and explore representation behind the scenes and on the screen.

In the design department of most 2D animated productions, you’ll find character designers, prop designers, background designers and painters, then finally, color stylists. If they are all in the same department, then why isn’t color styling classified under the “Animation section of the guild contract and why do they get paid less? That’s right, Color Stylist is found under the “Ink and Paint” section of the contract and has lower pay. An outdated section created back in the early days of traditional hand-drawn animation.

So what’s to be done? A sub-committee of Color Stylists within The Animation Guild are out in search of support to make a positive change for themselves and future color stylists. You may have seen their petition floating around, but not quite know what its all about. Well, you’re about to find out! Color Stylists, Ashley Fisher and Jessica Yost stop by the show to discuss!

#colorisdesign #ReelEquity #iasolidarity #iatse839 #tag839

Sign the petition! http://www.bit.ly/colorisdesign

 

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17
May

I&PG- 061, Monica Davila, Storyboard Artist

Welcome to the Ink and Paint Girls podcast where we celebrate women working in animation and explore representation behind the scenes and on the screen.

Thoughtful and intentional in her ways, Monica Davila shares with us her path from studying political science in college to being a production assistant to soon thereafter storyboarding for TV animation on shows like Shimmer and Shine, Big Hero 6 The Series, and The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle. Of course, this is the short version! Listen in to the long version as Monica breaks down her process for finding work, getting work, keeping work, and all the nitty-gritty details of her storyboarding process.

 

Monica’s website:
http://theartofmonicadavila.tumblr.com

 

Bre's Twitter:
@breanimator

Check out Bre's podcast Black n' Animated on Twitter:
@BlackNAnimated

 

Ink and Paint Girls on Twitter:
@InkNPaintGirls

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10
May

I&PG- 060, The Colorful #Herstory of Mary Blair

Welcome to the Ink and Paint Girls podcast where we celebrate women working in animation and explore representation behind the scenes and on the screen.

Do you love the color styling of Disney classic animated films like Peter Pan, The Three Caballeros, or Alice in Wonderland?

Do you love the designs and color of the It’s a Small World ride at Disneyland? 

Or maybe you’ve seen her beautiful illustrations in adorable childrens books like “I Can Fly.”

Indeed, today, we fly back through history in celebration of MARY BLAIR!

Hosted by Rebecca Nelson and Cassie Soliday.

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The episode artwork of Mary Blair was drawn by Cassie Soliday, and painted by the wonderful artist and previous podcast guest, Joyce K. Lee.

http://www.joyceklee.com

http://www.casassy.com

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BIBLIOGRAPHY OF RESOURCES USED

Books:

Canemaker, John (2003), The Art and Flair of Mary Blair: An Appreciation, Disney Press

Canemaker, John (2014), Magic Color Flair: The World of Mary Blair, Walt Disney Foundation Press

Johnson, Mindy; Foray, June (2017). Ink & paint : the women of Walt Disney's animation. Disney Editions.

Blair, Mary; Krauss, Ruth (1992) [1951], I Can Fly, Little Golden Books, Simon & Schuster

Documentary:

“Walt and El Grupo”

Art Exhibit:

“MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of MARY BLAIR”

http://www.waltdisney.org

Websites:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Closing_credits

http://cartoonresearch.com/index.php/more-on-mary-blair-ceramic-mural-1965/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Blair

http://magicofmaryblair.com/about-mary.htm

https://d23.com/walt-disney-legend/mary-blair/

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/22/the-world-of-mary-blair_n_5003658.html

http://disneyandmore.blogspot.com/2010/01/walt-disney-in-rio-de-janeiro-circa.html

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25
Apr

I&PG- 059, Ellen Woodbury, Veteran Animator & Stone Sculptor

Welcome to the Ink and Paint Girls podcast where we celebrate women working in animation and explore representation behind the scenes and on the screen.

Veteran animator, Ellen Woodbury, traded in her pencils for saw blades and carving tools and moved to Colorado. Although she left her animation desk behind in California, it’s clear that she kept all of the lessons she gained in her 20+ years at Disney Animation and now infuses the same philosophies into her one-of-a-kind stone sculptures, which you have got to see! In this interview, we discuss how animating is pure creative problem solving, how Ellen made the jump from hand drawn animation into the CG era, and why it doesn’t matter who the first female supervising animator was. Hint, the point is they broke through together.

 

Ellen's Website: http://www.ellenwoodbury.com

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0940189/

 

Ink and Paint Girls on Twitter:
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19
Apr

I&PG-058, Breana Williams, Digital Designer and Storyboard Artist

Welcome to the Ink and Paint Girls podcast where we celebrate women working in animation and explore representation behind the scenes and on the screen.

Breana Williams loves animation, studied it in college, currently works in advertising as a digital designer, but she is dead set on getting a position in TV animation as a storyboard artist. Listen in as we discuss the steps she is taking to get to her dream job, how she stays motivated, and how she bounced back after getting some bad advice after graduation. We also discuss the origins of her new podcast she co-hosts called Black n’ Animated.

 

Listen to Black n' Animated!

 

Bre's Twitter:
@breanimator

Black n' Animated on Twitter:
@BlackNAnimated

 

Ink and Paint Girls on Twitter:
@InkNPaintGirls

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11
Apr

I&PG- 057, Rebecca Nelson, Animator & Production Assistant

Welcome to the Ink and Paint Girls podcast where we celebrate women working in animation and explore representation behind the scenes and on the screen.

Rebecca currently works as a production assistant on Disney Jr’s “Puppy Dog Pals” at Wild Canary, but her path there has been anything but a straight line.  She’s worked freelance and in-house animation gigs leading her from Washington D.C. to Atlanta, Georgia, to Burbank, CA. With a desire to learn and soak up more than being just one piece to a bigger puzzle, she decided to transition into production to get the overall scope of the entire puzzle.

We discuss animation production (ok, we basically nerd out over it). We also talk about why it’s important to see ourselves in the art we make and to give back wherever you are... something this podcast is built on.

Rebecca's Twitter:
@happyquips

Ink and Paint Girls on Twitter:
@InkNPaintGirls

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