About Betsy Bauer: Betsy is an animation student at Ringling College of Art and Design. She was a Visual Development Intern at Sony Pictures animation. She also freelances for the Disney's publishing division here and there.
Why did you pursue a career as an artist?
Unlike a lot of people pursuing careers in animation, I have a very specific moment when I knew that this was what I wanted to do. When I was four or five years old, I remember laying on the floor of the basement in my family's house watching the Disney Channel special "The Making of the Lion King." At the very end of the show, the announcer said something along the lines of, "Maybe one day a little boy or girl watching this TV special will grow up to be one of the next great Disney artists." I felt like he was talking to me specificially! Until that point, I hadn't really made the connection that people actually grow up to do this for a living.
Throughout elementary, middle, and high school I continued to take as many art classes as possible, always with my goal of working in the animation industry in sight. My passion led me to the Ringling College of Art and Design, where I will graduate with my BFA in May. While at Ringling, I had the amazing opportunity to intern at Sony Pictures Animation. It was a dream come true--especially since I was working with industry veterans who were, in fact, IN that early Disney channel "Making Of" special!
Where do you get your inspiration?
Inspiration comes from a lot of places. First, I'm inspired by my peers at school. I think being in school just lends itself to being inspired--you just have to soak up as much as you can while you're there. Also, if you haven't set up a Google Reader account, do it now! There are so many talented people on the Blogosphere. I'm also a hoarder when it comes to art books. I own just about every single "Art-Of" book that is currently in print. I'd like to get into purchasing photo reference books as well. And, aside from all of that, I really enjoy reading and traveling. It's so easy to get trapped in a bubble when you're an artist and I think it's important to constantly break from your comfort zone.
In one sentence, what advice would you give young artists if they want to pursue their dream?
Don't let the naysayers discourage you. People working in those hard-to-get positions come from somewhere! Who's to say it can't be you?
Tigers by Betsy Bauer (www.betsybauerart.com)
Hippo Love by Betsy Bauer (www.betsybauerart.com)
Charlie and Zhuzhu by Betsy Bauer (www.betsybauerart.com)