03/23/16 Nickelodeon

Camp TLC at Nickelodeon, 03/23/16


We had a spectacular day at Nickelodeon Studios with 24 kids from Camp TLC!  Carson Smith, our point man at Nickelodeon, and Eric Brown, in charge of Public Affairs, gave the kids an inside look into how animators do their jobs, then Nick artists gave them a private drawing lesson, with a special surprise guest!

Eric taught how artists prepare and pitch ideas to Nickelodeon Creatives. We were in the big bull pen pitch room with TONS of  original artwork on the walls from all the Nick show creators. The kids were asking questions about their favorite shows when a surprise guest showed up – CAM NEWTON of the Carolina Panthers and last February’s Superbowl!  Cam took time to talk with all the kids, inspiring them to follow their dreams. He signed stuff and took lots of photos. It was awesome!!

Then my good friends, Darin McGowan and Miguel Puga, (both fantastic Storyboard Artists on “The Loud House”), showed the kids a short documentary on how “SpongeBob SquarePants” gets made. The kids learned first-hand how it feels to work in animation as they read lines from “The Loud House” scripts and learned about the animation process step-by-step all the way up to final color.  The kids loved learning how to draw Nickelodeon characters.  Much to my surprise, many many kids requested that I draw Chuckie from the “Rugrats!” I was truly impressed, as “Rugrats” finished up before most of the kids were born! -West Coast Director, Joseph Scott

Thank you to Camp TLC Director, Caroline Baumis, to Cam Newton, and everyone at Nickelodeon for helping the kids explore the world of animation!  Pictures coming soon.