Feb. 10, 2021
We are proud to introduce you to one of our talented Designers – Rossi Gifford! Swipe through to see a few pieces of her artwork.
What inspired you to work in animation?
I love storytelling and the many forms it takes in. From a very young age I was drawing all the time and growing up I was exposed to a wide range of animated movies that my dad used to record for me and my sister from TV. We had dozens of tapes featuring a mashup of British🇬🇧 and International titles (very cool and ODD stuff sometimes haha) – Also alongside that was comics, and both inspired me to tell my own stories, explore characters, and I could communicate clearly to others through drawing.
What is your favorite thing about what you do?
Being able to bring my characters and ideas to life – and to be able to do that for clients. The response to the contribution I do for their projects is always rewarding and I learn something new with every gig I do. Learning and evolving my style is always exciting!
Are there any other creative disciplines you do in your spare time?
I’m also a comic artist! I’ve done my own publications and have also done cover/interior work for Image Comics, BOOM, IDW and AH Comics Inc.
I miss going to cons due to covid! Hopefully in the next few years that will be possible to do again. Currently I am developing and drawing my own series “Wildflowers” (I released a preview book at TCAF 2019) and other collaborations in the works.
Is there any accomplishment you’re particularly proud of?
The fact I am doing what I set to do when I moved to Canada in 2015 is pretty cool!
A lot of opportunities and great collaborations have come my way that I am so grateful for that continue to help me evolve as an artist and my style. Alongside that, I have also endured a lot of extremely difficult challenges in my life… which sometimes I do pat myself on the back for not giving up, pushing forward and being in the position I’m in. I know amazing people, I am involved in a lot of cool projects, and I draw everyday!
Do you have a tip or piece of advice for aspiring animators?
Be open and relaxed when it comes to feedback to work – never take it personally and any form of revision/criticism needed should be seen positive as it only betters your quality of work and refines your delivery. Also…networking is so key! I can’t reinforce this enough – you need to engage, get to know the right people and be flexible – projects will line up!
Follow Rossi on Instagram to see more of her amazing work and movie poster fan art: @rossi.gifford
Thank you for your hard work and positive attitude, Rossi!
We are fortunate to have you on Team Industrial Brothers.
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