Artist – Nneka Myers


TAAFI 2016 is around the
corner (April 22-25) and coinciding with the  release
of this year’s poster by Nneka Myers, the Canadian
Animation Blog is profiling the Nelvana concept designer as
today’s Artist of the Day.


A Brief Animation Biography

Nneka is a design artist currently at Nelvana! From a very
young age, she always loved to draw and went to Sheridan
College to study Animation. She loves to paint both
traditionally (gouache is her favourite) and digitally! She
also loves to drink tea and play video games in her spare
time!

Aphrodite by Nneka Myers

What part of Canada do you live in? Why did you choose
it?

I live in Toronto, Ontario! I was born here and never left!

What inspired you to work in animation?

When I was young, I was very much deep into anime and Disney
films. I loved seeing the characters move and told my mom I
wanted to do that too! I have worked hard since then, leaning
more towards the preproduction side of animation, like
character design and visual development.

How would you describe your artistic style?

I tend to draw and paint with a lot of texture and bright
colours. I also tend to draw girls the majority of the time!

Nebula Witch by Nneka Myers

Can you share a piece of art work that no one has seen
before?

I think everything I can potentially share that no one has
seen is NDA…

What is one of your strongest pieces of artwork at this
time, and what about it makes you feel that way?

I am not sure if it is my strongest, but it is my favourite
and it has sentimental value. The Waterbearer piece was a
gift for my mom in 2013. It was also a dare in a sense,
because she said I didn’t draw enough women of colour and she
wanted one for the apartment. I told her I totally can, and
spent a while conceptualizing the piece that summer! I think
since then I love painting different skin tones whenever I
can.

Waterbearer by Nneka Myers

What role do you play in the creation of animation?

I am a character and prop designer but I dabble in visual
development projects here and there.

Swim like a Merm by by Nneka Myers

What is one project that you are proud to have been
involved in?

The Cece sticker pack on Facebook is a project I am super
happy to have worked on! Mainly because she was the first
black character in the sticker shop and Facebook really
wanted her to be appreciated online and in the community, in
time for Black History Month. I am still honoured they
entrusted me with that privilege.
Do you have examples of the development stages your
artworks or illustrations goes through while you work on
them? 

From Sketch to Final by by Nneka
Myers

What projects are you working on now?

Nothing much, but playing around with a paranormal hunter
character! Everything else is sadly NDA…

Who is one of your favourite Canadian animators?

I have so many that it’s really hard to pick one…but one of
them would be Kei
Acedera
! Her designs are so magical with dreamy colours!

Turtle Dove by Kea Acedera

What is one of your favourite animation books? 

The Color and Light book by James Gurney has been my staple
go-to book since first year of college! It’s a book I always
recommend when someone wants to get more involved with colour
whether it be traditionally or digitally!

Who is an up-and-coming or relatively unknown Canadian
animator that everyone should check out?

Are you involved with any animation organizations in
Canada?

Not that I am aware of!

Kissing Frogs by Nneka Myers

What career or artistic goals do you hope to achieve in
the next five years?

Creating another short film or another zine has always been
on my mind. I also would like to play with a concept for a
vinyl toy or figure haha. More than anything, I really just
want to create without boundaries – to continue creating
stuff that makes me happy. If I do that then I think I can do
anything that I put my mind to, whether it be 5 years or a
week from now!

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