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Meet Ivan Aguirre

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ivan Aguirre.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Since I could remember I loved to draw. It was my first true love and has been my longest and most favorite past time. I Grew up in sunny southern California surrounded and inspired by a healthy dose of lowrider culture, Bob Ross, 90’s hip hop, skateboarding, and Saturday morning cartoons

After high school, I went to college/ Art School and Attended the Art Institute of California and majored In Animation. In college is when I really fell in love with Animation and Film. I loved that I was able to combine my love for painting, storytelling, and even music. My world was opened to learning about different films from the rest of the world; It was all so fascinating. I fell in love with French animation and became obsessed with the films like ‘“Triplets of Belleville” by Sylvain Chomet and short films from the French school Gobelins. I also loved (still do) Brad Bird films like “The Iron Giant” and “The Incredibles”.

After a year of being out of College, I got my first full-time job in the Animation Industry in LA as a background designer in Hollywood. It was a great first job. Since then I have been working in Animation for the past nine years and have been lucky to work on some critically acclaimed projects such as “Rick and Morty” and the “Mickey Mouse Shorts” for Disney.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Keeping the hustle going can be a little nerve-wracking sometimes. In Animation & TV there is always an end date to every project you work on. And because the nature of the business, you constantly have to keep on making moves to secure the next job. Sometimes there are long periods of hiatus in between jobs.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I primarily work as a Background Painter and Illustrator in the Animation Industry. I also do Illustration for clients outside of animation and work on personal projects and paintings in my spare time. I am currently working on projects at Disney Television Animation & Netflix Animation. I help create the look of the show and paint the environments the characters live in. Through my knowledge of color, I help set the mood/tone of the scene to help push the story forward.

I am most proud to get to work with the most talented artists and people on the planet! Also really proud to have been able to work on some amazing shows such as Rick & Morty, Book of Life and the Mickey Mouse shorts for Disney.

What sets me apart are my personal experiences, and using my superpower as a sensitive artist to tell stories through my art.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
I remember on the first day of kindergarten all the kids were terrified because they didn’t want to leave their moms. My first assignment was coloring a banana with crayons. My older sister was there and gave me a quick demo. As a started coloring for the first time, Time literary slowed down and immediately went into “flow” and I think I tapped into my higher self. I instantly became hooked and have been chasing that “flow” ever since.

Also in the first grade Brenda and Leslie took me behind a tree and both kissed me on the lips at recess. That memory sticks too.

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Cover photo credit : Rachel Kim

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