Karl Gnass began his career as a story, character, and visual development artist at Sid and Marty Croft, working on such legendary children’s series as H.R. Pufnstuff, Lidsville, The Bugaloos, and Sigmund and the Sea Monster.
Karl has 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 life drawing, animal drawing and storyboarding at Disney Feature Animation, Disney Television Animation, Sony Imageworks, DreamWorks, 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, and Kapiolani College in Honolulu, Hawaii.
In 2005 Karl published the first of three books on drawing entitled Spirit of the Pose. This book is an inspired sketchbook, and is used in classrooms across the country as a reference book. The second book will be a complete tutorial in the spirit of Karl’s work with his students and will be published soon.
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.