KARL GNASS started as a story, character, and visual development artist at Sid and Marty Krofft, working on such legendary children’s series as H.R. Pufnstuff, Lidsville, The Bugaloos, and Sigmund and the Sea Monster.
He also storyboarded for Disney, Coca-Cola, Saban, and Fox Entertainment. His credits include Peter Pan and the Pirates, Gargoyles, Aladdin, Dark Wing Duck and The Little Mermaid. He later developed character expressions with anatomical breakdowns for Stuart in the feature Stuart Little. Other Sony Imageworks projects include Hollow Man and Harry Potter, with consulting on the sci-fi thrillers I Am Legend and Watchmen.
Over the last 25 years Karl has been teaching classical figure drawing, animal drawing and storyboarding at Disney Feature Animation, Disney Television Animation, DreamWorks, Sony Imageworks, Rhythm & Hues, Nickelodeon, Warner Bros, and The American Animation Institute at the Animation Guild. Karl developed a Dynamic Figure for Maya class with legendary animator Glen Keene to help computer animators understand ‘authentic movement’ using the latest technology. He teaches seminars, workshops and lectures outside the Los Angeles area as well, focusing on drawing dynamics and essence of story. His clients include Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, Kapiolani College in Honolulu, Hawaii and Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Singapore.
Karl has published the first two books of a figure drawing series: Spirit of the Pose and Spirit and Force in Figure Drawing. These books have inspired classroom studies across the country. A third book, continuing with the tutorial begun in book 2, will be a completed by the end of this year.
Annually, Annie Awards trophies are awarded as the highest honor for excellence in animation and Karl has been an active participant
as an Annie Awards judge for both feature and television storyboarding for as many as ten years.