Monday, February 15, 2010
From Michael Knapp comes a delightful tryptich titled Trans-Dimensional Kleenex Communicators. A Pittsburgh native and graduate of Ringling School of Art and Design, Michael’s career path as an artist has been a windy one with experience ranging from mural painting to designing for newspapers, from after-effects animations for the History Channel to commericial storyboarding. Though initially Michael's focus was on illustration, he eventually took on some concept design assignments and discovered that creating artwork for animated films is his true love. Michael started as a designer with Blue Sky Studios in 2000, with movie credits including Robots, Ice Age 2, and Horton Hears a Who!. His first credit as art director was for the Academy Award nominated short No Time For Nuts and he then went on to art direct Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, and is currently doing visual development on one of Blue Sky's upcoming feature films. Michael's artwork can be found in The Art of Robots, Spectrum 12 and 13, the Totoro Forest Project, as well as the Society of Illustrators Annuals 48 and 49. His illustrated stories Newsbreak and Under Pressure: A Breakerboy Chronicle are featured in the comic anthologies Out of Picture Volumes 1 and 2. Michael has contributed his art to both Sketchtravel and the Picture Book Project, and has also exhibited in New York and Paris.
For more of Michael Knapp's art please visit his website.