Subject: Rich Draper

Birth:

Occupation/Title:
Freelance Designer and Animation Director

Bio Summary
Rich Draper was born and raised in Canada. Growing up, Rich was constantly drawing cartoons and creating characters, never thinking this would be a possible career; Rich went off to university to continue his education. After graduating with a degree in Art History, he realized it would be much more fun to draw cartoons and make films, so Rich went to Sheridan College for Animation. Rich has since worked on a wide variety of projects, including feature films, games and commercials. During the past twenty-five years, he has worked as an animator, director, character designer, storyboard artist and illustrator, as well as taking the time to create a short animated film.

Early Life/Family
Rich grew up in a pretty traditional, middle class home. He was always interested in art and loved to draw, but also had an interest in sports and wanted to be an architect in high school. He even took classes that went toward such a career. Unfortunately, he couldn’t find a suitable architect school and ended up studying animation.

Education/Training
Freelance Designer and Animation Director March 2011

storyboard artist/character designer trick3d 2009 – Present

Freelance Animation Director September 2008 – Present Story Artist Floyd County Productions November 2011 – February 2012

Story Artist Turner Studios January 2011 – April 2011

Clean Up Artist Yowza Animation Inc. 2009 – 2009 (less than a year)

Freelance animator and director Primal Screen2001 – 2009

Animation Director for Broadcast Design Studiocom February 2008 – September 2008

Freelance Animator October 2001 – January 2008

Freelance Animator Turner Broadcasting 2002 – 2007

Character Designer on Stroker and Hoop (Adult Swim) Turner Studios2005 – 2005 (less than a year)

Clean up artist Meatball Animation 2001 – 2001 (less than a year)

Assistant Animator/ Storyboard Artist Kurtz and Friends 1999 – 1999 (less than a year)

Head of Clean up Creative Capers Entertainment 1994 – 1998 animator Calibre Digital March 1993 – September 1994

assistant animator Animation House 1990 – 1993

Clean up artist Pheonix Animation 1991 – 1992

animator CGL, Inc. (Computer Graphics Laboratory, Inc) NYIT 1988 – 1990

Influences
Rich names Disney and MGM cartoons in the 50s as some of his influences. His biggest influence however is UPA. He really enjoyed the graphic styles of the cartoons.

Personality
He describes himself as quiet and introspective. He doesn’t like to be the center of attention

Anecdotes
Rich recalls the time when he had a supervising job while working on Ferngully: The Last Rainforest. Their main studio was in Toronto, but he needed to travel to Dublin to take a look at the clean-up. He really enjoyed the international travel and learning how different work weeks are in different countries

Filmography
Animation Department
• 2012: Unsupervised (TV Series) (storyboard artist - 1 episode)
- Youngbloods (2012) ... (storyboard artist)
• 2011: An Elf's Story: The Elf on the Shelf (TV Movie) (lead character designer)
• 2009: The Princess and the Frog (clean-up artist)
• 2005: Stroker and Hoop (TV Series) (character designer - 1 episode)
- Five Diamonds (2005) ... (character designer)
• 2002: Eight Crazy Nights (key assistant animator)
• 1997: Mr. Magoo (animator: Creative Capers) / (layout: Creative Capers) / (storyboard: Creative Capers)
• 1996: 101 Dalmatians (clean-up artist)
• 1995: The Lion King: Timon and Pumbaa's Jungle Games (Video Game) (clean-up artist)
• 1995: Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow (Video Game) (clean-up artist - as Richard Draper)
• 1995: Gargoyles (Video Game) (clean-up artist - as Richard Draper)
• 1994: Animated StoryBook: The Lion King (Video Game) (assistant animator)
• 1994: Asterix Conquers America (assistant animator)
• 1993: Once Upon a Forest (assistant animator: Phoenix Animation Ltd.)
• 1992: FernGully: The Last Rainforest (key assistant animator: incidental characters)
• 1991: The Wish That Changed Christmas (TV Movie) (assistant animator)

Art Department
• 2012: Unsupervised (TV Series) (storyboard artist - 4 episodes)
- Youngbloods (2012) ... (storyboard artist)
- Jesse Judge Lawncare Incorporated (2012) ... (storyboard artist)
- My Brother Brian (2012) ... (storyboard artist)
- The Magic of Science (2012) ... (storyboard artist)
• 2011: An Elf's Story: The Elf on the Shelf (TV Movie) (lead storyboard artist)
• 2011: Ugly Americans (TV Series) (storyboard artist - 2 episodes)
- The Ring of Powers (2011) ... (storyboard artist)
- Callie and Her Sister (2011) ... (storyboard artist)

Visual Effects
• 1996: 101 Dalmatians (CGI animator: ILM)

Thanks
• 2015: Invasion of the Undead (special thanks) (post-production)

Honors
Scales of Justice in D minor, a student film he helped make in college, won some prizes and the Charleston & Houston World Fair

Bibliography:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0237169/
http://richdraper.com/
http://www.linkedin.com/in/richdraper33

Contributors
Jonathan Phillips
Rich Draper

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