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CTNers @ Wacom Booth #119 Siggraph 2013

Friday, July 19th, 2013

CTN artists share their talent at the Wacom booth #119 during Siggraph

CTN is in the house with WACOM at SIGGRAPH this July 23rd – July 25th at the  Anaheim Convention Center. At booth #119 several Creative Talent Network artists will be showcasing their talent and abilities and how they create for feature films and independent personal projects using a Wacom Cintiq. Each demonstration is one hour and is a great opportunity to meet the talent and see first hand their skill at using a Wacom Cintiq Tablet.

Presentation schedule of artists are:

Tuesday, July 23

  • 10AM – Craig ElliottAfter receiving his training at the Art Center College of Design, Craig began his career in the entertainment industry as a layout and visual development artist.  Today, Craig’s work can be found at virtually all of the major studios and his personal work has developed quite the international fan base.
  • 1PM – Erik MartinWith clients that include Walt Disney Imagineering, Walt Disney Interactive, Jim Henson, Nickelodeon and others, Erik is a talented and enthusiastic artist.  When not working digitally, he enjoys painting landscapes with traditional media.
  • 3PM – Craig Elliott - Encore performance.  See above.

Wednesday, July 24

  • 10AM – Brian Kesinger - An Annie award winning artist for Walt Disney Studios and the creator of the popular characters, Otto and Victoria, Brian’s 16 years at Disney has spanned both hand drawn and CG animated films from Tarzan to Wreck-it Ralph.  His debut book, “Walking Your Octopus,” showcases his style, wit and ability to tell engaging stories.
  • 1PM - Armand Baltazar - A senior designer with Pixar Animation Studios, Aramand’s credits include work on Cars 2, Brave and other films.  He exhibits his fine art in and around Los Angeles and San Francisco and enjoys speaking and teaching at universities around the country.
  • 3PM – Armand BaltazarEncore performance.  See above.

Thursday, July 25

  • 10AM – Brett Bean - As a freelance character designer for clients that include Disney TV, Nerd Corps, Wizards of the Coast and Disney Interactive, Brett brings 10 years of design experience to the table.  Bretts recently funded  graphic novel, “Spaced Out – The Story of Fil & Mantis will be coming out later this year.
  • 1PM - Armand SerranoCelebrating more than two decades in the animation industry, Armand currently hangs his hat at Walt Disney Animation Studios.  His film credits include Hotel Transylvania, Lilo and Stitch, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Mulan and many more.
  • 2:30PM – Jason ScheierA visual development artist for DreamWorks Animation SKG, Jason has had the opportunity to use his artistic talents in the creation of several films including Kung Fu Panda, Megamind, Turbo, the Croods and Rise of the Guardians.

So please be sure to stop by Booth #119 to meet the talent, see demos and check out the latest tablet technology. Be sure and tell them CTN sent you so you can be entered into a raffle to win a pass to this years CTN animation eXpo held in Burbank CA on November 15-17, 2013!

For information on artists and scheduling contact Kathy at 818-259-1598 or Kathy@creativetalentnetwork.com

For information on locating the Wacom booth or seeing the presentations at SIGGRPAH contact Kelly at 818-404-2931 or Kelly@creativetalentnetwork.com

About the Creative Talent Network

The Creative Talent Network (CTN) is an online community of leading animation professionals whose contributions to the industry can be seen in some of the highest grossing films in the history of animation.  Each year, CTN hosts the “CTN animation eXpo” where members thrill audiences by sharing their amazing artistic talents.  Consult www.ctnanimationexpo.com to discover more about the event, held at the Burbank Convention Center, November 15 – 17, 2013.

About Wacom

Founded in 1983, Wacom’s vision to bring people and technology closer together through natural interface technologies has made it the world’s leading manufacturer of pen tablets, interactive pen displays and digital interface solutions. The advanced technology of Wacom’s intuitive input devices, particularly its Cintiq family of pen displays, provide professional animators, designers and artists with the ability to explore digital content creation in a comfortable and natural way.

Another great event for the Creative Talent Network!

CTN Members LookBack 2008

Monday, January 19th, 2009

CTN Members take a look back at 2008

Chris Bailey: 2008 was rollercoater year.  I took some time off after suping the animation on Alvin and Chips and spent a month in Israel doing some story and CG consulting for Animation Lab in Jerusalem. Shortly after returning to CA, I had the opportunity to direct a series of mini shorts for PEPFAR (President Bush’s Emergency Program For Aids Relief in Africa).  http://hivfreegeneration.warnerbros.com/

While at WB, a script page landed on my desk for an animated spot on the TERMINATOR TV series.  It was for an orientation video at a nuclear power facility.  I designed the star, ATOMIC AL and storyboarded the short educational clip about nuclear power.  Todd Bright of Studio Bright animated it in record time and it appeared on the season’s second episode where Sara Conner gets a job at a nuclear facility. The Pepfar shorts came to a conclusion in late Nov.  They were a whirlwind job.  Mainstreet Productions four walled the studio and produced the shorts on the WB lot with 5 months. Since then, I’ve been consulting with Fox Feature animation and pitching projects while rumors of Alvin ll grow.

Nancy Bieman: 2008 was a banner year. I changed countries (USA to Canada) jobs (RIT to Sheridan College) and had my first book, PREPARE TO BOARD! published in Chinese. I am preparing for a second book and second semester at Sheridan, not necessarily in that order. (more…)

Lunch with Bill Melendez

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Bill Melendez

Holiday Traditions, we all have our rituals right? The things we do with our families every year without fail. My family gets together and we enjoy my Mom’s delicious handmade Tamales with a warm cup of Atole. Other families bust out the eggnog and cook up a turkey. While others like my roommate back in Art School had the Traditional Christmas Hot Tub party.

Then there’s the whole tree thing, the cookies, the shopping, the wrapping, the colorful lights, the cards, the goofy sweaters. Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby and David Bowie singing a duet of the Little Drummer boy. All wonderful stuff that brings families together.

After a while I came to realize the sleighload of Holiday traditions that our Animation Forefathers gave us. Just off the top of my head let’s see, Chuck Jones and his brilliant adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s masterpiece How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Rankin Bass Stop motion Santa Claus, Rudolph, Frosty special. Epic! What about Yogi’s first Christmas huh? Killer! Mickey’s Christmas Carol.Gorgeous and Timeless. Mr Magoo’s Christmas Carol, I dare you not to laugh! And of course who could forget the Star wars Holiday Special, sure it only played once but once was enough for it to be burned into my memory banks forever. Thank you Nelvana for the animated introduction to Boba Fett! Lest we forget the Norelco commercial with Santa riding the electric shaver down the slope. Ahhhh good times. I love all of these shows and I hope someday when I have kids to share these animated treasures with them. (more…)

The Creative Talent Network

Friday, November 14th, 2008

Daily News Business Section Nov 14, 2008

Tina Price runs the Creative Talent Network, a small business helping top talent artists in the animation business to network and work.

The Creative Talent Network (CTN)

BUSINESS ADDRESS: P.O. Box 3598, Granada Hills, CA 91394

PHONE: 818-667-3224

WEB SITE: www.creativetalentnetwork.com

OWNER: Tina Price



DESCRIBE YOUR BUSINESS: CTN is a virtual talent catalog and an online community of top talent 2-D and 3-D animation artists. It currently has more than 300 members, including contributors to some of the highest-grossing animated films in history. (more…)

CTN Builds Community

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008


(Image care of CartoonBrew)

On Oct 14th Fox News LA ran an article entitled Renowned Animator Loses Life’s Work to Marek Fire , Oct 15th CartoonBrew posted about the legendary animator Corny Cole loosing his home and everything in it during the recent fires in Southern California. The next day on Oct 16th The Creative Talent Network launched an on-line fundraiser that went viral and reached out to it’s membership and the animation community worldwide. The CTN fundraiser closed on Oct 24th at midnight after raising $12,168.00.

On behalf of all who helped spread the word and to those who donated I want to personally say “thank you”. CTN will be handing a cashiers check to Corny Cole along with the list of donors. For a complete list of donors click on read more

(These donations were not tax deductible but rather came from the heart.) (more…)

ASIFA Student Film Festival Woodbury University

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008


On behalf of the entire team from the Creative Talent Network I would like to personally say thank you to Woodbury University and ASIFA Hollywood for giving us the opportunity to co-sponsor and bring CTN’s creative energy to the first annual ASIFA Student Animation Film Festival.

Woodbury University

On Saturday Oct 18th, 2008 over 200 students, pros and fans from various schools and studios converged on campus at Woodbury University to participate in this one day event that included portfolio reviews by local teachers, recruiters and professionals as well as industry specific panels speaking on the State of the Industry and ending with cocktail reception hosted by CTN and awards ceremony where CTN honored each of the winners by presenting them with a free membership into the premiere online networking site for students and recent graduates called Animation Alumni. (more…)

Who is the "Con King"

Friday, August 29th, 2008

CTN at Comic Con 2008
Who get’s the Title of “Con King!!”

Words by Tina Price:

This years Comic Con seemed a huge success for all our members. With over 23 participants spread out from Aisle 900 to Aisle 5300 CTN members once again survive Comic Con San Diego and are ready for next year. But before we go…..here are some memories in booth order.

David’s Doodles
Exhibitors Table H05

David Colman

Words by David Colman:
Another successful year for me too….only left my booth for pee breaks…My new Tshirt line debuted very well!

Note: David’s T-Shirts will soon be available on his CTN Artist’s Storefront. (more…)

Eric Goldberg Book Signing

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

Eric Goldberg Book Bash
Aug 6, 2008
Samuel French Bookshop

Eric Goldberg and Darrel Van Citters
Click on image to see pictures from the event

Thank you to everyone who came out for the celebration and signing of Eric Goldbergs first book the “Character Animation Crash Course!”. A special thank you to Tee Bosustow, Brian Clift, Tad Gielow, Steve and Janette Huelett, Mark Kausler, Dorse Lanpher, Dori Littel-Herrick, Aubry Mintz, Maddy O’Neil, Tom Sito, Darrel Van Citters, and Lureline Weatherly for taking time our of your busy schedules to drop by. And to Ellen Woodbury and Hendel Butoy your signed books are in the mail.

An extra special thankyou to Eric’s publisher Gwen Feldman for co-hosting this great event and for providing the fabulous refreshments and the venue and to Eric for signing all those books. The place was entirely “yellow” with excitement as over 100 guests complete with “Character Animation Crash Course” books and t-shirts enjoyed food and drink and waited in line to get their personal signature from the creator of the Genie, Director of Pocahantas, CTN member and friend Eric Goldberg.

We had a blast thanks to you. As always we couldn’t do this without you so thanks so much for your continued support.


Through the Camera Lens of Mike Gabriel

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

Rescuers Down Under

Words and Photos care of Mike Gabriel.

Rescuers Down Under Research trip to Australia. We were the first animation crew at Disney to demand we go to the actual country and do the research before making the film. The studio naturally looked at this as an unnecessary boondogle since it had never been done as far as I know. I vowed to pay my own way if I had to. Peter Schneider relented—or should I say Jeffrey Katzenberg must have relented—-or should I say Michael Eisner must have relented— and allowed us two weeks to explore the continent of Australia. A great experience. This is Joe Ranft, Joe’s first head of story opportunity, and Maurice (Pixote Hunt) our art director at Uluru or Ayres Rock in the middle of the outback. (more…)

My Big Scene

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

From the memoirs of Dorse A. Lanpher “Flyin’ Chunks and Other Things To Duck”

Dorse Lanpher 1975 Walt Disney Animation
(Photo care of Dorse Lanpher)

In1975 I was re-employed by Walt Disney Feature Animation after having spent 12 years living the artist life in the outer world. I had resigned from Disney’s in 1962 thinking animated cartoons just didn’t serve the world. I had an opportunity to go into technical films which I thought would help instruct the world rather than just entertain. Most of the films I worked on in this period were military films which served a wealth of information on how to fight wars, break things and hurt people severely. I eventually came to conclude that contributing art to animated cartoons was a more useful worldly uplifting endeavor. At this time I had become involved in my own company, a partnership with four partners and myself. It was like being married to four people, all guys with too much testosterone. I decided to sell my share in our little concern and seek another job. Fortunately the other guys wanted my shares and Disney’s wanted me back. Well, Disney’s wanted me back after a lengthy interview. At that interview I tried very hard to convince them that I could animate special effects but I had to settle for a position as an assistant animator in the special effects department.


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