Today we’d like to introduce you to Mathieu Libman.
Mathieu, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Yeah, I’d be glad to.
I’m an animator from a family of musicians. Both my parents are jazz drummers. I play guitar, but I didn’t want to take the same path. I was academic and studious, but I spent most of my time at school bored and frustrated. When I was sixteen, I took an animation class. Something clicked. “Wow, this is difficult, fun, and rewarding. What a wonderful clash of characteristics! I could make a career out of this!” I don’t think I talked like that when I was sixteen — I don’t think any human person talks like that — but the sentiment holds true.
I became a voracious consumer of all things animation. I’d get out of school and go to the video rental place by my house. I watched through the catalog of animated Disney feature films. I made an animated short — one that now makes me cringe. I think that’s how it ought to be. I was trying things. Studying up on animation history. I love the craft.
I went to CalArts, made some animated shorts, and graduated this year. My second-year film, “Pinky Toe”, was a Vimeo Staff Pick and a finalist in the Student Academy Awards. It helped land me a gig working on the Netflix show “Ask The StoryBots”. I storyboarded, designed, and animated the song sequence at the end of season 3’s episode on chocolate. The show is wonderful. Working on it was one of my favorite things I’ve ever done.
During my last year at CalArts, I began making another animated short. I wrap-up animation on it this week. It’s called “The Moon’s Not That Great”. I hope you see it, reader. I also hope you enjoy it.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Those are tough questions. The goal is to have each piece of work distinct. Everything would have its own message. I’d like to be less self-conscious with each new thing, and maybe it resonates with you. If you see my stuff, I hope it does something for you. If not, perhaps the next one will. I don’t think you should know anything beyond what’s on the screen.
How can artists connect with other artists?
Having artist friends is motivational. If they’re doing something, and you’re doing nothing, you feel like a schmuck. This is a positive thing. That being said, I think it’s valuable to tend the relationships you have with people who work in fields separate from yours. And with your artist friends, it’s worthwhile to do activities that aren’t related to your field at all. My brain feels soft when I’m only thinking about animation. Amazing ideas come from all over the place.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
You can follow my Instagram @plorbis or check out my website mathieulibman.com. I’d be happy to talk with anyone interested in animation, or about how anything is technically achieved. It’s common to feel embarrassed when making something artistic and to be hesitant to ask how artists get certain results. I would be happy to hear from you.
- Website: mathieulibman.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/plorbis/?hl=en
- Other: https://vimeo.com/mathieulibman
Photo by Blake Derksen