My name is Kyra Kabler, and I am a background artist for TV animation as well as a CG Lighting/ Compositing Artist/ and CG Generalist. I graduated from Hampshire College in 2019 where I focused on CG lighting and environments, as well as rendering/ comping to make 3d look hand painted. Working with teams big and small is amazing, and I also have a variety of team leadership experiences. Empathy is my foremost value.

Currently, I am at Octopie Studio in Los Angeles doing background art and visual development on a variety of shows. Mostly at the moment, I am a bg/ layout designer on the recently announced "Wildlife" for the TZGZ network. This has been a super fun project to work on, I love the team, and it's been valuable to follow other artists' style and vision. 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 had 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 (the cats names are Mango and Tango).

 

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. Studying the physics behind color and light is something I'm passionate about and constantly thinking about. It's fascinating to understand how we are able to see such complex beauty. Lately, I have been observing by doing Heavypaint and gouache studies.

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, Concept Art Association,as well as an environment sketching class with Ed Li at Concept Design Academy. It's been so inspiring to see an abundance of passionate, creative artists who live for their craft.

Outside of work, during this challenging time of quarantine, I've been playing with some simple weird claymation. I was lucky to study stop motion with a Robot Chicken animator in college, which is probably the most fun I've ever had making art.