It's true. Joey Ahlbum is my favorite artist/animator. And we are very lucky to work with Joey at Happy Owl. Before our days at Happy Owl I had the pleasure of assisting Joey in animation and I filmed most of his work on a gorgeous 35mm Mitchell camera. I recently asked him a few questions about his work and here is his response:
1) What is your favorite color and why? My favorite color is blue. I love looking at the sky, it always calms me down and makes me happy. 2) What was your process to create the look of Rusty the Squirrel? I usually start with sketches. I'm lucky to live near a park that has a lot of squirrels so I can go there and draw. Then I turn the sketches into a cartoon and add fun details like Rusty's glasses. (I wear glasses too!) 3) What was it like animating for Elmo's World? It was really great. Great scripts and I got to work with the great Andrea Martin as the main voice over person. She's so talented. Not to get too technical but this was before a lot of the newer computer programs so even though we used the computer to add the color we still animated and inked everything by hand so… it was a lot of work.
By Kathy Minton/Happy Owl Kid Apps