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Meet Robbie Shilstone of Shilstone Arts in East Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Robbie Shilstone.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Robbie. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My story begins in my grandfather’s studio as a young boy, sitting on his lap in front of an easel. Watercolor brushes and palettes were all scattered about and we’d spend hours drawing monsters and ugly old men. I have always had an overactive imagination and was encouraged to expand it from the get-go. I grew up just outside of New York City and was fortunate enough to have parents that exposed me to beautiful nature and the cultured city. I went to school for illustration and design and am a self-taught animator. After working on commercial work for a few years, I have shifted full time to music videos and visualizations. I have always had a love for the storytelling capabilities of music and enjoy how one influences the other.

Has it been a smooth road?
Everything has unfolded for me in a very natural way. I followed whatever interested me at the time, exhausted it, and moved on to try new experiments. I knew that I wanted to animate, I just didn’t know where to begin. It wasn’t until college that I experimented with more digital media and found software I could animate with. As far as struggling goes, forming your personal work into something marketable is always an existential crisis waiting to happen. However, I feel like I’m hitting a sweet spot recently that has been successful.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
My company is called Shilstone Arts. We make hand-drawn animations for the music scene. Our philosophy is “If it is being viewed on a screen it should be moving.” We lean into the medium of cel animation and try to show the hand of the artist in each frame. We adapt our style to match each and every project. We are best known for our watercolor aesthetic that draws heavily from my grandfather’s body of work but also draw inspiration from 1920’s cartoons and early Americana illustration. We are lovers of living line and like to tell stories with soul. Within the past year, we have screened at five different film festivals across the world which has been awesome to see.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I think Los Angeles is a great place to be for the creative industry. There definitely is an oversaturation of talent here but an equal amount of opportunities to match. I think if you were to start here, it would be difficult to stand out, but as long as you are motivated to work hard, you can get out there. It’s all about cutting out your niche.

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Erin Soorenko

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