Subject: David Boudreau (aka Dave Boudreau)
David Boudreau was born in Lynn, Massachusetts on August 26, 1969. He is currently still living.
Animator, Character Designer, Storyboard Artist and Portraiture Artist
“David Boudreau was born in Lynn, Massachusetts on August 26, 1969. After moving back with his parents to Nova Scotia, Canada in 1974, David’s interest in drawing started at a very early age, inherited from his father, Frank Boudreau, who is a well known Nova Scotia artist in Canada. In 1987, he moved to Toronto, Ontario and enrolled in the 3 year Classical Animation Program offered at the Sheridan College. Since graduating in 1991, throughout past 21 years of his career as an animator, character designer, and story-board artist at various feature and television studios such as Dreamworks Feature Animation, Warner Bros. Feature animation and Nelavana Productions Inc. Recently, David has made the transition, using his traditional drawing skills, and applying them to the digital world and is now well known for his ‘portraitures’.”- David Boudreau from davidboudreau.weebly.com
“David Boudreau is a classically trained artist and has been working as a professional animator, character designer and story artist for over 20 years. David Boudreau is a classically trained artist and has been working as a professional animator, character designer and story artist at studios such as Dreamworks Animation, Warner Bros. Feature Animation, Disney, and Fox Animation to name a few. In the past few years he has made the cross over to digital and 3D animation and started doing Caricatures a little over a year ago.” –David Boudreau from “David Boudreau Artwork” via Facebook.com
“David’s interest in drawing started at the very early age of 3 when he discovered what his hand and a pencil could do with just a few strokes. By age 4, his parents knew there was a talent hidden within, having perhaps inherited his talent from his father, Frank Boudreau who is a well known Nova Scotia artist. During his early years, having moved to Nova Scotia in 1974 with his parents and older brother, there was almost never a moment without a pencil in his hand. A pad and pencil made long car rides travelling across Nova Scotia, during vacation time, bearable.” - David’s Biography page from davidbboudreau.weebly.com
After asking David personally about his upbringing and childhood in regards to art, he stated, “My childhood growing up in rural Nova Scotia, Canada... felt like planets away from where I am today. It started from , like most of my colleagues tday, when I saw Star Wars for the first time. I was 7 in 1977. I grew up with a passion for drawing since I was able to hold a pencil in my hand , inherited from my dad, I suppose.”
He then sent me scans of several drawings from various ages in his childhood. He went on describing his father, stating, “My Dad was known for his talents but never pursued it as a career. He made his living as a carpentar, but started painting again in 1980. Here's a link to his site ... http://www.frankboudreau.com/index.html.”
David then reflected on art on the entirety of his childhood, proclaiming, “I spent a lot of my time with a very creative mind and to help me execute my ideas , I always had my drawing to support it , as crude as it may have been at that age. I also sculpted as well early on. I also had a huge interest in puppetry , growing up with the muppets, which I have also carried with me into my adult hood…I had very supportive parents and always encouraged me with my passion for drawing... I took art lessons after school in oil painting etc. But it wasn't until my senior year of high school that I started to think of doing art as a career. That's when i enrolled in the animation program at Sheridan College in , Oakville , Ontario , Canada.”
In 1987, David Boudreau moved to Toronto, Canada, where he enrolled at the Sheridan College in the Classical Animation Program for three years. There, he was able to study under Charlie Bonifacio, who he considered to be one of the best animators in the world. He completed school and graduated in 1991.
In my personal conversation with David, he talks about his schooling and learning experience in general, declaring “That was a 3 year program from 1987 to 1990. But having said that I really engrossed myself and dedicated myself to my draftsmanship... and throughout my career to this day , I am most known for, as well as my adaptability to mastering most styles of art. I never got lazy into committing myself to just one particular style , mostly because I had a thirst for many different styles and wanted to learn how they did it.”
“He graduated in 1991, 2nd in his class and was hired as an In-betweener on the feature film “Ferngully, The Last Rainforest”, which is where he feels he got his “real education” and introduction to the world of animation. During this time he met Darlie Brewster, who became his mentor, friend and the biggest influence through out his career. David also did character design on such shows as “Jim Henson’s Dog City” and “American Tail, Fievel Goes West Series” at Nelvana Studios in Toronto, Canada. In November 1993 David moved to Hollywood working for Kroyer Films as a character designer for a Christmas Special “Lion and the Lamb”. The last few years he has worked as an animator for major studios, such as Disney, Warner Bros. Feature Animation, Meatball Animation and Dreamworks. With the changing industry he has now been updating his “pencil” animation skills with the use of a computer although he still feels that nothing can really take the place of a “pencil in the hand”. David likes to quote Don Bluth’s statement – “You have hundreds of thousands of shitty drawings in your system, so draw as much as you can”. David is currently freelancing on several projects at this current time.” –David’s Biography page from davidbboudreau.weebly.com
Career outline (in the words from my conversation with him):
“I've had a very blessed career working in the Animation industry for over 25 years now. I've worked on over a dozen feature films and several tv shows. I've worked at Dreamworks, Disney , WarnerBros. feature animation and now presently working at Fox Animation on the Family Guy. At night I come home and , til this day I am still devoted to what I love, draw and paint my own work , whether it be doing animation design , or my caricature work, which I am now known for all over the world and sell my prints worldwide. My ultimate goal now is to work for myself and dedicate my hours to my own work as well as helping others along the way when and where I have the time.”-David Boudreau
Comments On Style:
David Boudreau’s style in his character design and animation seem to have great appeal in the television and film industry. He was able to encompass fun, easy to read characters with lots of personality. In some of his more recent work in portraiture, he is able exaggerate in a way that is fun and clever, rather than just merely goofy. As far as his more recent portraiture goes, he is fairly realistic, rendering out his portraits to a high extent. He does portraits of well-known people, either from history, film and music, which gives the viewer a connection to the person and portrays them in a humorous light. The color pallet he uses on these and even his earlier work is interesting in the fact that it looks like it has a wash over it. He does not expose any light lights and does not have any dark darks either.
David’s influences were researched to be, J.C. Leyendecker, Norman Rockwell, N.C. Wyeth, Drew Struzan, Robert Bateman and Milt Kahl.
In a direct quotation from David in our conversation, he proclaims, “I have many different influences from several different directions. Drew Struzan (movie poster illustrator), Milt Kahl (Disney Animator) and Sebastian Kruger (cariacture/portaiture artist) . These would be my top influences in my work.”
Through my conversation with him, he seemed very fun and sincere. He seems to be very passionate and very eager to let me know all about his career and work. At some points in the conversation, he did seem a little quirky. His fun personality definitely shows through in his entertaining and humorous work.
I asked David if he had any fun memories in his career/lifetime that he wanted to share. He went on to send me a picture as well as a portraiture, telling me, “This is me with Drew Struzan on stage at CTN last year. I met my idol. :) and also presented him with a caricature that I did for him of him .... He was extremely grateful... and probably the height of my career meeting him ... an experience I will never forget.”
While looking through his filmography, I also found that he worked on some of the same projects as my father, but my father did not know him because he worked in a different department then him. They both worked on Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Curious George, Lion King, Pocahontas and The Adventures of Santa Claus.
Here is a quote from my conversation with him that do not fit in any other topic: “Nowadays... I commit myself into my own work and like pacing onto other students what I have learned throughout the years. Helping them along to meet their passions in life. At least I try to bring them and reach heights that they didn't think they had within them. That's the most rewarding to me. To be of service to people who are struggling and hope to help guide them in some way.” –David Boudreau
Artist Statement found on Gallery exhibition website:
“I've always loved the human face. The character, expressions and how each one is unique. I started traditionally drawing portraits back in High school of my friends and their boyfriends or girlfriends or whoever they were dating at the time to make some extra cash on the side. It kept me busy because they would start dating someone new and have to do an entirely new drawing. That was really the last time I drew any portraits of that nature.
Over the past 25 years I've been an animator and drawing faces of characters that I've animated, which were a much more simplified compared to realistic rendered faces. It wasn't until 2010 that I started drawing portraits or should I say caricatures. I sort of fell into it and seemed to have a knack for it, but more importantly I really found a new love of my art separate from my studio work. It's my new passion. How it came about was that most of the studios were working digitally, using programs such as photoshop (which I knew nothing about). So I figured what will motivate me to learn the program and have fun at the same time. Well the rest is history.
I've been painting digitally now over the past three years and have been working hard at honing my skills and now, as it turns out, have a huge fan base all over the world in many different countries. My process working digitally is very much as I would paint traditionally. I do NOT let the computer do the work for me... every brush stroke has been painted or drawn by me. It's just simply a different medium or tool and of course , do not have to wait for the paint to dry.
My hope in the future is to go back to my traditional roots and start painting on canvas, and having been painting digitally now, I have learned so much and have grown so much faster that I feel it was a great stepping stone to have learned my process and methods of how I approach my work.
As Da Vinci once said.. " Art is never finished.... only abandoned" ~David Boudreau
2009-2014 Family Guy (TV Series) (storyboard revisionist - 38 episodes)
- The Book of Joe (2014) ... (storyboard revisionist)
- The Simpsons Guy (2014) ... (storyboard revisionist)
- He's Bla-ack! (2014) ... (storyboard revisionist)
- Baby Got Black (2014) ... (storyboard revisionist)
- The Most Interesting Man in the World (2014) ... (storyboard revisionist)
2010 Other Ocean Interactive - December 2010 - July 3 2012 … (3D Animator/Character designer/storyboard artist) 2008 G7 Feature Animation - April 2008 - November 2008 …(Character Design) (The Adventures of Santa Claus)
2007 Extra Large Technology -February 2007 - April 2008 … (Character Designer/Supervising Animator) (Enchantia)
2006 Curious George (animator: July Films - as David B. Boudreau)
2003 Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (animator: "Proteus")
2002 Eight Crazy Nights (animator - as David B. Boudreau)
2002 Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (animator: "Little Creek")
2000 The Road to El Dorado (animator: "Miguel" - as David B. Boudreau)
1998 The Prince of Egypt (animator: "Moses" - as Dave B. Boudreau)
1998 The Swan Princess: The Mystery of the Enchanted Treasure (animator)
1998 Quest for Camelot (animator: United States - as David B. Boudreau)
1996 Space Jam (animator - as Dave Boudreau)
1994 Disney Consumer Products - March 1994 - September 1994 … (Character Artist) (Lion King, Pocahontas)
1994 Asterix Conquers America (animator - as Dave Boudreau)
1994 Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure (Video Game) (character designer)
1993 Tales from the Cryptkeeper (TV Series) (layout - 1 episode)
1992 FernGully: The Last Rainforest (inbetween artist - as Dave Boudreau)
1992 Fievel's American Tails (TV Series) (animation poser - 13 episodes)
- Bell the Cats (1992) ... (animation poser)
- That's What Friends Are For (1992) ... (animation poser)
- Aunt Sophie's Visit (1992) ... (animation poser)
- Mail Order Mayhem (1992) ... (animation poser)
- A Mouse Known as Zorrowitz (1992) ... (animation poser)
1992 Dog City (TV Series) (key animator)
1991 The Wish That Changed Christmas (TV Movie) (assistant animator - as Dave Boudreau)
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