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This article was written on 17 May 2013, and is filled under animators, character designer.

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Perry Osuna


My name is Perry L J Osuna and I’m a 35 years old character designer / animator living in Canada.  I’m originally from the West Indies, I was born Grenada but moved to Trinidad as baby where I lived with my mother and step-father.  I’m the oldest of four, I moved to Canada at the age of twelve and I’ve been living here ever since.  I attend Sheridan College before it was changed to BAA program.   I’ve been working as a character designer / animator off and on for the past 9 years.  Since graduating Sheridan my career thus far has been full of surprises .  I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for me.


When did you decide you wanted to be character designer / animator?
I made the decision after talking to a friend in high school about what we were going to do afterwards.  She told me I should look into animation since I like to draw, so I did.  Plus deep inside of me I always wanted to draw pictures relating to the music I would listen too. Though I wasn’t  quite sure how to go about it.  Plus growing in Trinidad I was a fan of the old Disney shorts that would come on real late after our regular TV station would shut down for the night.

Would you recommend studying at art school?
I would have to say it isn’t a bad idea, you get help from instructors who’ve worked in the industry which can be a great benefit . Also you can make some life long friends.  At the same time I’ve been fortunate enough to meet some amazing artist that didn’t attend art or who fail or just quite and are now very successful.  My best advice is do what do think is best for you, it’s good to listen to the advice of others but only you can determine what is right for you.


How long was it before character design / animation became your primary form of income? 
Unfortunately I can’t say that it is my primary source of income.  There are highs and lows, so I still have go out and do the odd non artist jobs. Whatever keeps food on the table and pay the bills.

Could you describe your typical day? 
At the moment I’m taking a break to help raise my three beautiful children.  So the day starts with me getting all three in the morning we have breakfast then we hang out .  I try to keep them entertained  which can be quite the challenge.  Their mom is also in animation industry, she get back from the studio in the evening and we all eat dinner then we put them down for the night.  I usually don’t get to do any artwork until 12am, that’s when I work on my personal stuff until around 3am . I try best not to stay up to late because I never know what the next day might bring.

What do you wish you’d know when you first started out?
The list is so long I wouldn’t know where to start, but I guess if I had to pick just one I’d say just stay focused on your goals.  There’s a lot of people who can be real negative. Don’t let it rub off on you .  Be positive even when things seem uncertain.


What’s the best thing about being an character designer / animator?
As a character designer the challenge of taking a character description and shaping someone words and ideas into a character.  As a animator I would have to say getting the opportunity to bring a character to life that other wise would be just be a static image.  Which can be full of life drawn well but still it doesn’t move.  As well as contributing to all the great works done by the master animators before I could even dream of being a designer or animator.

What’s the worst thing about being an animator?
I would have to say never getting to work on a 2D traditional animated feature for Disney.  Also the fact that not many if any companies are willing to do 2D traditional feature anymore it’s a shame, but that’s just my opinion.

If you weren’t an character designer / animator , what would you be?
Honestly any other job where to get to be creative, build things that sort of work.  My step-dad and father both were masons and carpenters at one point in their lives.  I always thought it was so cool how they could make something from nothing but some wood, nails and cement and by the end would be this beautiful structure.

Any other tips you could share?

Yes remember the only limitation you have are the one’s you set. Also let life be your inspiration because there is so much beauty in the world that we take for granted or just miss because we’re to busy living life as we then say.



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