For this week’s artist conversation, I had the pleasure of meeting Tyler Turett. Turett resides in Huntington Beach and is a student attending CSULB earning his bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, specifically animation. He is currently working at the Stoopid Buddy Studio as an animator. Stoopid Buddy Studio is known for their shows Robot Chicken, Bojack Horseman, and more. They work in collaboration with major television companies such as MTV and Comedy Central. Turret is currently working on a show called Trip Tank at the studio where he is able to free his creativity. He loves being able to use his imagination to create whatever characters he wants, and the studio allows him to do so without judging his work. Career wise, Turett feels like he is working towards his dream at the moment.
Tyler Turett’s gallery was displayed as an “Illustration and Animation BFA Group Exhibition” in the Max. L Gatov Gallery Easy. His work consisted of some of his animations he has created over time. He creates his animations mostly using Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Flash Animation. He explained each of his artworks and where they came from and what he used them for. Some of his artworks were featured in short films, used in student films, and some were used for his show. Turett’s works were all small pieces from different projects. He made a lot of different cartoon characters including frogs, carrots, aliens, and people. He made some storyboards with the cartoons from his short films. At the end of one of his classes, he was tasked to make a three-dimensional character design. He decided to create a stop motion of himself, while other students made other things such as stuffed animals and dolls.
Turett mentioned that he has been gathering inspiration his whole life from cartoons, pictures, and other animators. He also loves really old animated movies as a child. Turett has always been interested in animation, but it wasn’t until he transferred to CSULB when he fell in love with it. He admitted that he learned how to design and draw the professionally at CSULB. Turett explained how he was taught the traditional way through pen and a lot of paper. He had to draw and master each movement of his characters, like a flipbook, before he was allowed to go digital. He said that he was grateful to have been taught that way because it is always better to learn the basics, and that technology isn’t always reliable. Turett has always loved animation and finds it fun to make. He enjoys animation because he able to make his characters do anything he wants. Turett’s goal for his artwork is to just make people laugh and have a good time.
After visiting his gallery, it made me really nostalgic because I really love cartoons, especially the older cartoons I used to watch as a child. Being able to hear that an upcoming animator took inspiration from all the 1900’s – early 2000’s cartoon and incorporated it into his work made me really happy. I personally really love cartoons because I am able to watch an artist’s imagination and creativity run wild. You don’t really see that in realistic shows because they’re very limited when it comes to creativity. Besides all the great art that Turett displayed, I really respect him for pursing his dreams.
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