About Dan Krall
Dan Krall grew up in Los Angeles and went to the University of Iowa. He has worked as a background artist and designer on various shows such as ‘Dexter’s Laboratory’, ‘Camp Lazlo’, ‘My Gym Partner’s a Monkey’ and ‘PowerPuff Girls’ as well as some storyboards for ‘PowerPuff Girls’. He has been an Art Director on the shows ‘Chowder, ‘Scooby Doo Mystery Inc’ and the Annie and Emmy awarded, ‘Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends’.
In addition to a long career in television, Dan currently works on feature animations. He was a character, concept ,and environment artist on the feature film, ‘Coraline’. Currently, he sits as a visual development artist at DreamWorks Animation.
On top of his career in animation, Dan has 5 children’s books Published with 2 author credits.
Dan has worked for 18 years in animated television and film as a Background Designer, Background Painter, Story Artist, Character Designer, Art Director, Development Artist and is a Children’s book Author and Illustrator. He draws and paints digitally in Photoshop and draws with pen and ink as well when he’s able to.
Ideal Mentee: Someone who has a similar taste in art to me, who likes loose funny drawings and concentrates more on the idea behind the drawing than on the technical rendering of it, and someone who is laid back and loose with their art but at the same time extremely serious and devoted to it.
10-Week Plan: I would like to focus on a quick learning curve, often I’ve seen people (myself included) spin their wheels artistically for years without getting anywhere, I’d like to try to help someone move quickly to the next level with some concrete rules to follow, lots of assignments and exercises and working and reworking the same piece until it improves.
Maximum Number of Mentees: 1
Maximum Distance: International
Language(s): English only
Preferred Meeting Times: During lunch hour at my studio. I’d be willing to work with any English speaker from anywhere on the globe, but I’m only available at lunchtime either at my studio (DreamWorks) or anywhere else on the east side of Los Angeles.
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