My name is Kyra, and I have been drawing since the early days of crayon scribbling and am always discovering new ways to create. Art has the ability to inspire- whether that means to share a story, make a statement, or simply to make someone laugh. Visual communication is integral to culture and learning. Perhaps the best part is that every artist and viewer has their own interpretation of what they are making or observing, and that art has the power to change the world! Color and Light are especially intriguing to me because we can take what we see on a daily basis and make a heightened version of it not normally possible in life. Manipulating it to help tell our stories is an even more powerful tool.
Currently, I am at Octopie Studio in Los Angeles doing background art and visual development on a variety of shows. Previously I was an art coordinator on Magic The Gathering: The Animated Series. This was a monumentally important learning experience where I got to see incredible, out-of-the-box 2d and 3d work on a daily basis. We have a small team, so my involvement in the art direction and project management process was very close. I've also gotten to see behind the scenes in boarding and writing, too. And before that, as you can see on the left, I managed the shelter for a cat rescue organization :)
As a new transplant to Los Angeles, I've been trying to get involved with the entertainment arts community here: so far it's been SIGGRAPH, Lightbox Expo, CTN, Women in Animation, Gallery Nucleus, Warrior Painters, as well as a sketching class with Concept Design Academy. It's been so inspiring to see an abundance of passionate, creative artists who live for their craft.