Birth: 30 August 1972 London, England, UK
Professional Artist, Cartoonist, and Character Designer
Stephen was born in London, England. He began his career as a caricature artist and got his first job in the animation industry with Warner Bros. Television Animation. Since then, Stephen has worked as a character designer for various animation studios, including Disney Television Animation and Nickelodeon Animation.
Before beginning his professional career, Stephen saved up money earned drawing caricatures. $5,000 later, he used the money to backpack throughout Asia for the following nine months.
Stephen is for the most part a self-taught character designer and illustrator. He did not graduate from a college or university.
Aspiring to be a professional artist, Stephen Silver began his career in 1992 as a caricature artist at Sea World in San Diego. In 1993, Stephen formed his own illustration company, Silvertoons. In 1996, he worked as a designer for the clothing company No Fear, where he was first trained in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Stephen’s first job in animation came in 1997 after being hired by Warner Bros. Television Animation as a character designer for the animated series Histeria!. Out of the five character designers on the show, Stephen was the only kept for the development of a new Warner Bros. Television Animation series, Detention. Soon after, Stephen was hired to work on Kevin Smith’s Clerks: The Animated Series for ABC. Following the cancelation of Clerks, Stephen was hired by Disney Television Animation where he worked on the shows Recess, The Weekenders, Kim Possible, andThe Replacements. After the first season of Kim Possible, Stephen was let go and soon after was hired by Nickelodeon Animation for work on The Fairy OddParents, Danny Phantom and later The Penguins of Madagascar. Stephen has also contributed work to PBS’ Click and Clack’s As the Wrench Turns, Sony Feature Animation’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and 20th Century Fox’s The Cleveland Show. As an author and artist, Stephen has self-published six books and one interactive eBook application. In addition to his artwork, Stephen currently teaches an online course on character design.
Comments on Style
Stephen’s illustrative style is often exaggerated, taking influence from his background as a caricature artist. For animation, Stephen tends to design much more tightly, but maintains energetic exaggerations in his characters.
Stephen has cited artists Mort Drucker, John Kascht, Al Hirschfeld, Frank Frazetta, Uderzo, Rockwell, J.C. Leyendecker, and Jack Davis as influences to his work.
Stephen is a big fan of the British rock group The Beatles.
Stephen is friendly, enthusiastic, helpful, and encouraging. He is hard working and likes to stay ahead of schedules when working with deadlines.
Warner Bros. Television Animation
Histeria! (1998-2000) (Character Designer)
characters include Henry XIII, Al Capone, and Adolf Hitler
Detention (1999-2000) (Character Designer)
Clerks: The Animated Series (2000) (Character Designer)
Disney Television Animation
Recess (Art Director)
The Weekenders (2000-2001) (Character Designer)
Kim Possible, season 1 (2002-2003) (Character Designer)
The Replacements, season 2 (2008-2009) (Character Designer)
The Fairy OddParents (Character Designer)
Danny Phantom (Character Designer and Art Director)
The Penguins of Madagascar (Character Designer)
Click and Clack’s As the Wrench Turns (2008) (Character Designer)
Sony Feature Animation
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009) (Character Designer)
20th Century Fox Animation
The Cleveland Show (Character Designer)Bibliography
The Art of Silver (2004)
Sketches by Silver (2004)
Stephen Silver’s Sketchbook (2006)
LIFE by Silver (2008)
Passion for Life (2009)
Stephen Silver’s Sketchbook 2 (2010)
Jolly and Roger's Misguided Adventures, interactive eBook app (2011)
Contributors to this Listing
Animators Hall of Fame