Born and raised in Brooklyn, but now proudly calling Atlanta home, Alexis is a passionate 2D animator with a keen eye for storytelling. Her artistic journey began at a young age where she spent her childhood finding their unique style through 2D animated shows like Bleach and Naruto. Then studied at SVA in New York City, where they honed her craft and further developed a unique style that combines captivating narratives with visually stunning animation.
My origin story becoming an animator started by creating my first animation on Flipnote Hatena using a DS lite. I got inspired by my favorite animated shows as a kid to become an illustrator which then evolved to animation as my career. I honed my skills attending both an art middle school all the way into a private school for visual arts. Afterwards, I continue to grow my skills using the knowledge I’ve gained over the years and do self-studies from other creators.
My animation style is computer/2D animation.
My favorite art reference for my style would be anything Tite Kubo (i.e. Bleach,Burn The Witch).
My personal favorites are Action,Comedy and Romance.
For tablet, I use an IPad Pro with 2nd gen Apple Pencil. For animation, I use Procreate. For clean up, I use Clip Studio Paint and compose, After Effects.
When starting from a blank canvas, I draw stick figured dummies for storyboards, then draw the details on top of the stick figures, start animating and finish up with the clean/color.
My advice would be to study your favorite shows, creators, and learn the basics, no matter how tedious it is. Also, when practicing animation, never compare yourself or your work to anyone that has tons of experience or looks more polished, unless it’s to use as a reference.
Personally, I stop drawing completely and just watch videos from Instagram or TikTok to regain my drive/motivation to create again. Taking breaks is very crucial with being an animator.
I enjoyed giving life to the project, adding my signature art style to the mix and creating the characters overall. The most challenging was doing it all by yourself haha.
Storiaverse looks like a promising platform for writers and animators alike! It’s something completely different than any other platform and a new way to present storytelling. It also gives any creator a chance to collaborate with other writers or animators and build connections.
In order to promote diversity and have representation on certain issues the right way, us animators need to take elements from real life events and interpret that into a balanced narrative that everyone, including those that don’t necessarily apply to, can fully understand the depth.
Personally, I just like the idea of having a lot of freedom to create anything adult themed that are usually censored/filtered out.
Because of how popular the internet has become, there’s a huge boom of indie animation studios that are coming out. Since industry type animation tools are no longer gatekept by big studios, we can now utilize those same tools to create advanced animation films and upload them on popular platforms like YouTube, etc.