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Check out Megan LeMasurier’s Artwork

Today we’d like to introduce you to Megan LeMasurier.

Megan, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
My interest in art began at a very young age by watching Saturday morning cartoons and animated films. From Disney’s Aladdin to the anime Cardcaptor Sakura, I was absolutely engrossed and inspired by all the many different worlds and stories that could be seen through animation. My parents always encouraged this interest, especially my Dad who would draw and help me make flip books. It was always something that we shared together.

This interest in animation followed me through high school, where I whole-heartedly decided that I wanted to pursue a career as an artist. However, at that time, the recession hit and my Dad passed away. This double blow left my family and me emotionally and financially drained. Despite this, I resolved to carry on with my artistic dreams and find myself the best art education I could afford. I got a job working in the restaurants at Disneyland which helped me pay for my tuition at Mt. San Antonio community college and Cal State Fullerton. I joined the Pencil Mileage Club at CSUF which introduced me to the whole animation industry. I got an internship at Cartoon Network and then Nickelodeon. That internship led me to my first job in animation as a Production Assistant on Pinky Malinky. That job really helped me understand the TV animation pipeline. At the same time, I had the opportunity to develop my artistic skills by learning from my coworkers. After Pinky Malinky, I transitioned from working in Production to finally working as a prop designer for The Loud House.

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?
As a prop designer, I design any object or effects that appear in the show such as cars, food, toys, etc. it’s my job to make every design attractive and functional while mimicking the overall style of the show.

However, my personal art is more illustrative and usually a reflection of how I feel at the time. I love charming children’s stories, as much as I love angsty teenagers. So in my artwork, you’ll usually find a variety of cute magical girls and existential monsters.

Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
It’s an interesting time for artists today. In the age of social media, it’s easier than ever to share your art and ideas. But artists tend to get lost amongst the crowd. I think the best way for our city to support artists is to have more events like Comics LA or Designer Con. Small events like that is a great way for artists to showcase all of their work in person instead of trying to grab people’s attention with a single image on their social media feed.

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?
People can see my professional work on Nickelodeon’s The Loud House and my personal work on my Instagram account. I also participate in select zine festivals in LA and OC.

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