Artist Spotlight: Interview With Animation Designer Dave Barnis

1 Jul

The whimsical style and bright colors of artist Dave Barnis animation designs caught our eye at the Florida Supercon a few weeks back and we sat down for a little Q & A to find out more about him.

Dave Barnis was born in Meriden, CT, but spent most of his childhood in Southington, CT with his mother and two brothers. After graduating from Southington High School he was accepted into The Art Institute of Philadelphia where he was a top student in the Animation and Media Arts Program and was awarded a Best of Quarter Award in Motion Graphics and the honor of receiving one of their Presidential Scholarships.  He also had the great opportunities of having internships at 4KID Productions working on Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles Fast Forward and the other at MTV for the LOGO NETWORK.

Q & A with Dave Barnis

How long have you been an artist (and the moment you knew you wanted to be an artist)?

I’ve been an aspiring artist ever since I saw Aladdin, but over the past few years I’ve become the artist I’ve wanted to be.  An artist that 100% constantly creates pure original eye catching designs and concepts.

Where do you draw your inspiration from when creating your designs?

My thoughts and imagination are always in motion, but go into over drive when I’m around other creative sights and sounds.  Mostly, my favorite movies (Disney/Pixar, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and many more) and music (Keane, Owl City, Angels and Airwaves, etc) have played a huge part in how I create my art since I want my work to be just as successful.  I put them on and get lost in my art.

How would you describe your work?

My artwork is sleek and colorful.  Simple yet bold for the modern age, all while being fun, friendly and engaging. (It’s a fresh new look).

Your favorite artist is…

I give so much credit for Disney and anyone who has been involved in their amazing work, but overall my favorite is Genndy Tartakovsky, the artist behind Samurai Jack and The Clone Wars (on cartoon network). His work is so different, yet so good.  I love how his simple ideas and designs have gone such a long way.

Do you have any other creative outlets?

Anything I do is a creative outlet because my mind is always working and thinking of ideas.  Being an artist is more than a 40 hr per hour week for me.  I am an artist ALL THE TIME.  You never know when that “big idea” will come.

Here are more sample of his unique designs…

Dave’s parting words of advice for future designers “I would stay stick with it and follow YOUR dreams.  Nobody else but you can make it happen.  Success won’t happen overnight, but the hardwork and bumps along the way will make it that much sweeter when it finally comes.”

See more of Dave Barnis’ work on his website and his deviantART.

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