The Lone Warrior
While most studios aim to build to epic proportions, some prefer to stay nice and cozy to focus on honing skills and developing creative original properties. You can’t get much cozier than the one-man-band outfit of Zandoria Studios, a.k.a. CG animator William Sutton, who has been developing his 3D craftsmanship as a sideline for 15 years now. A lifelong artists, Sutton worked his way through traditional drawing, painting, sculpture and airbrush illustration before getting turned on to the world of computer art.
Through all his time in the digital world, Sutton has used Hash Inc.’s Animation:Master software to create CG characters and effects, including for the “Jurassic Pork” sequence (and its terrifyingly silly “Swinosaurus”) in Bryan Michael Stoller’s 2004 mash-up spoof flick Miss Castaway and the Island Girls starring Eric Roberts. A great admirer of artist Frank Frazetta, Sutton says he continues to perfect his toon projects because “I can’t stop believing that someday I can quit my day job.” He is currently hard at work on an original concept, TAR of Zandoria, about “a wandering hippopotamus barbarian seeking adventure, dancing girls and fruit punch,” which he uses to illustrate A:M tutorials on his blog. Here’s to Sutton and Zandoria for chasing the indie animator dream.