I grew up watching old animated black and white Disney and Fleischer Bros. cartoons, Russian cartoons, as well as animation work from China and India.
I attended junior colleges in southern California majoring in art with emphasis on cartooning and animation (that was before 3D). Tom Shannon who later became a Disney storyboard illustrator on such hits as Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Lion King, Hunchback of Notre Dame, just to name a few was a major influence on developing my skill and style in cartoon illustrations. I was fortunate enough to take a 2D animation class by a retired Disney/Hanna-Barbera animator, the late George Goepper at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. We used pegboards, animation paper, animation cells and learned the very basic foundations of animation.
I dabbled with Infini-D, 3DSMax, and Animaion:Master until the rise of Animation Mentor.
My goal now is to simply become the best animator that I can be. If I get a job animating for a living, all the better. Or I could simply make my own shorts and tell my own stories, which I also enjoy.