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24: Laurie Rowan - Take Charge of Your Creative Career

By Julia Dufossé

Episode SummaryIn this episode, I chat with the animator, director and illustrator Laurie Rowan about his wonderfully addictive animations and how he got to where he is now.Show Notes:About this EpisodeLaurie Rowan (IG; Web) is an animator, director and illustrator based in the U.K. Laurie is well-known for his uniquely tactile pastel animations of quirky wobbly characters. Laurie started working in the animation industry 13 years ago, working his way up in small and bigger studios creating animations for phone games, tv, and websites. In 2017, Laurie attended the character design conference Pictoplasma and realized he desperately wanted to created original work and work for himself. So for the next few months, Laurie set himself a challenge: to create one short animation a week that he would post on his instagram every Saturday. It was a simple and open ended brief but Laurie quickly hit his stride. Today Laurie has established himself as an innovative animator and has worked with brands like Google, Disney, and the BBC.In this conversation we talk about:why Laurie likes to draw everydayhow Laurie discovered his unique style and voicehow bird mating rituals and tupperwares inspired some of Laurie's animationsLaurie's routine and his tips for separating work from lifehow Laurie gets inspired Comprehensive Show NotesEpisode Show Notes Support the ShowThank you for listening to Illustration Hour. As you might know, the show currently doesn't have any sponsors.Each episode takes a tremendous amount of time, effort and some money to produce. I do all of that work myself. So, if you want to support the show, please consider doing one (or all!) of these things:Subscribe to the show's weekly newsletter Art ClubLeave the show a review and rating on Apple Podcasts (formely iTunes)Sign up for a free trial of Skillshare for 2 months of free access using this link (I earn a commission for everyone that signs up and you do not need to pay for Skillshare at the end of your trial). Skillshare is amazing and you'll be able to check out tons of great courses on illustration and design as a thank you.Share the show and the newsletter with others!Thank you for helping me continue to make the show possible. Follow the podcast:Our WebsiteTwitterInstagramNewsletter AKA Art ClubResource Library Follow Julia:WebsiteInstagramBehanceSkillshare

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