Animation has been my passion for as long as I can remember. Sitting down at the kitchen table watching cartoons, when I should be doing homework, was something I always looked forward to every day after school. I want kids of all ages to do the same with my characters and stories.
We’re an animation studio focusing on creating 2D animation both traditionally, by cell animation, and what I call digital cell animation, bringing both traditional and digital together. But creating animation and building your own studio takes time, which is why we also create beyond the big screen.
Comic books and comic strips have a special place in my heart. Not only did they help me “perfect” my drawing skills when I was young, but they also helped me learn to read. Which is one of the reasons why I’m working on producing a weekly comic strip series featuring Stanley and Friends. Our first comic, Stanley’s Ghost debuted in 2020 and was nominated for an Eisner Award. Recently, our second comic book just debuted in comic stores with in the last month. In addition to comics and comic strips, we have a number of other projects in production, such as: our first Kids Book featuring my very own Fairytale Land’s Red Riding Hood, a second coloring book and numerous pieces of art I call, ARToons.
To check out all the ARToons, go to: www.balkestudiosart.com.
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