Beth. Senior illustrator / 2D animator / character designer at Floyd County Productions for FX channel's Archer and other animated studio projects.

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rayderickson asked
Hey Beth! Two questions: What is the hiring process like at Floyd County Productions? What advice would you give to designers/illustrators/animators who are about to graduate and are seeking work in this field?

Well, these answers have the potential to be annoyingly long, so I’ll try and summarize thusly.

FCP doesn’t have a hiring process, exactly. When positions open, there are only a few public platforms you’re likely to hear about it (my tumblr being one of them). We’re always scouting for talent, but often we don’t have openings to gently wedge these talented folks into. However, if you’re asking about a company website or online application process, we have neither.

When we do have open recruitment periods, if your resume/portfolio demonstrates a high level of skill in whatever department is seeking, you would then be sent an art test from one of the directors to be completed in a timely manner. From there it’s up to the director to sort through the potential candidates and narrow down the applicants to their final choice.

As for new grad advice, I could word vomit for hours on this subject. It really depends on what position/studio setting/production genre you’re gearing toward if you want more specific dos-donts, so I’ll give you some universal all-important chunks:

  • Network like crazy hell. Everyone in this industry is (figuratively) in bed with each other. Keep contact with professors you may have been really tight with, attend industry conventions and job fairs, and make nice with people that are actually in the field.
  • Don’t let the lack of experience stop you from applying for a position up your alley. Fresh artists let this stipulation hold them back so often. For the majority of you, your college years do count as experience, or you have a portfolio equal to that of your industry peers. You can’t be afraid of rejection, because that is literally an everyday occurrence inside a studio environment.

If you want further advice, you’ll have to tell me a little more about your goals and intentions, but this is a pretty strong foundation and will apply to across the board to multiple art professions.

ournewskin:

Design comp versus the final animation. One my favorite projects to work on for Archer.

Tedwood and I used to sit in the very front of the studio entrance. Passing our screens was a gauntlet. I drew the slutty, Ted drew the bloody.

Archer style commissions

How many of you jerks and jerkettes would be interested in Archer styled bust commissions? Or full body poses at a higher price range? No restrictions on “type” of character. Real person or imagined are both acceptable. Just testing the waters, first.

Someday my co-workers will learn not to leave their stations unattended around me. But not today.

Someday my co-workers will learn not to leave their stations unattended around me. But not today.

damnitfeelsgoodtobeafangirl:

I’ll be honest

I’m so kinda bleh about all the tits on the ladies this season

They’re kinda outta control.

They cannot be contained. Silly me, I decided to re-design the shape/size of Lana’s pre-season 5 to something actually realistic. Then the minute I move departments, it became a mammary explosion on everyone sans the pregnant lady.

The tah-tahs follow you from every angle. It’s eerie.

'Archer' Renewed For Sixth And Seventh Seasons

I was wrong. My penis can get more erect.

rollingrabbit:

dinnasaurus:

catchmeondatfuji:

dinnasaurus:

catchmeondatfuji:

rollingrabbit:

Lana. La-na. LAAAAANAAAAAA!!

this makes me so mad cos not only is this drawing shitty but if i were a cartoon character it’d be lana who is clearly black/biracial

weewoo weewoo here come the art police, passing judgment on shit they shouldnt

why shouldn’t I pass judgement? is art not to be judged and consumed by its audience? I mean this looks like a stardoll illustration ionno why your feelings are so hurt

yes i am the ass for calling you out on your bullshit. please tell me exactly what makes this artistically “shit”. is it her use of tones? the pose? dynamics? or just you being a giant baby because you didnt take two seconds to think before hitting “reblog”

Okay, I’d like to know what makes it shitty as well.
If it’s because you think her skin tone is too light, I think maybe it had to do with my upping the contrast and using a colour balance layer, which might have done something to it. It’s usually a part of my process in general, but it might be to blame here maybe. Here’s her face without the balances next to the image I used as reference for her colours.


However, if it’s just that you don’t like the way it’s drawn it’s like okay, whatever, that’s fair. 

In regards to catchmeondatfuji, as someone that works on the show, may I emphasize:

rollingrabbit:

dinnasaurus:

catchmeondatfuji:

dinnasaurus:

catchmeondatfuji:

rollingrabbit:

Lana. La-na. LAAAAANAAAAAA!!

this makes me so mad cos not only is this drawing shitty but if i were a cartoon character it’d be lana who is clearly black/biracial

weewoo weewoo here come the art police, passing judgment on shit they shouldnt

why shouldn’t I pass judgement? is art not to be judged and consumed by its audience? I mean this looks like a stardoll illustration ionno why your feelings are so hurt

yes i am the ass for calling you out on your bullshit. please tell me exactly what makes this artistically “shit”. is it her use of tones? the pose? dynamics? or just you being a giant baby because you didnt take two seconds to think before hitting “reblog”

Okay, I’d like to know what makes it shitty as well.

If it’s because you think her skin tone is too light, I think maybe it had to do with my upping the contrast and using a colour balance layer, which might have done something to it. It’s usually a part of my process in general, but it might be to blame here maybe. Here’s her face without the balances next to the image I used as reference for her colours.

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However, if it’s just that you don’t like the way it’s drawn it’s like okay, whatever, that’s fair. 

In regards to catchmeondatfuji, as someone that works on the show, may I emphasize:

Anonymous asked
what do you guys listen to in the studio? do you play movies on a giant screen or something while working?

At our previous location, we’d play music aloud because pod6 was secluded from the other departments in the studio. We would even create playlist themes based on the current episode (for example, "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" for s4 e405, the cross-dressing biker gang).

Now that I share a small office with 3 other people, we close the door and listen to Mysterious Universe and Radiolab podcasts religiously. When it’s just me and my headphones, my selections vary. I enjoy listening to PBS documentaries, such as the Secrets of the Dead and NOVA series, as well as TV shows/podcasts covering paranormal material (going to the Welcome to Night Vale live show in March!). I’m a total whore for programs that combine my love of science and the supernatural. For a taste of my music preferences, you Spotify users can check out my All Up In Your Earhole playlist.

Unfortunately, trying to actually watch TV/movies and simultaneously animate doesn’t really gel, so we don’t have any giant screens around the studio blasting us with soft core porn and Pixar movies. Even when I watch documentaries on my 2nd screen, it’s definitely more of a listening experience. I mean, I could do the same with soft core porn. Hmmm.

Our original face/body model for Sterling Archer, Jason Fitzgerald. What has been seen cannot (and should not) be unseen.

Here’s How The ‘Archer’ Team Created The Coke Blow Sequence In The New ‘Archer Vice’ Intro

We blew some blow.

Anonymous asked
Does this season's Ramon episode mean that Archer is now canonically bi?

Archer is canonically sexually and narcissistically motivated. With Ramon, the attraction was more motivated by Ramon’s prior lack of interest in Archer, I believe. It’s not a conversation we’ve had with Adam Reed, so I can’t answer that definitively.

But since this is me you’re asking, of course I’m gonna vote Hell Yes.

Fun facts:

  • I worked on the Archer/Ramon scenes. I’m sure you’re all terribly surprised.
  • Ron Perlman voices Ramon Limon. It was hard for me to not imagine an Archer/Hellboy mash-up while listening to the audio scratch.
  • During production I just called Thomas Lennon’s character "Dangle" because I kept mixing up Charles and Rudy. For you Reno 911! fans out there (all 5 of you).
soundcloak69 asked
You worked on Unsupervised!?!? Can I just tell you thank you!! One of the greatest shows ever, seriously! So much damn potential

I actually only contributed to character design and some Flash rigging on the last 3 episodes, so I can’t really take much credit for your love of the show, heh. Unsupervised got so little network promotion that I’m always pleasantly surprised when I meet fans.

Anonymous asked
adam reed kindof halfassed chozen imo. i expecteed more. nice art tho

So, delightful word choices aside, I really saw this confusion coming a mile away. Let me state this clearly:

Adam Reed, co-creator and writer of Archer, did NOT write Chozen, nor did anyone else on the Floyd County Productions staff.

FX is really doing a solid promotional job this year, so kudos to them. However, some of the commercials are slightly misleading. Chozen is written by an assistant writer on Eastbound and Down named Grant DeKernion. FCP, Adam Reed, and Matt Thompson are responsible for the art production side of Chozen.

Copacetic?

I only contributed to the pilot episode, but my fellow studio artists have been working relentlessly all season, and I couldn’t be more proud of the work they’ve put forth. So the one part you did enjoy, I’m sure they’ll be thrilled to receive.