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       Who am I? Where am I from? Where am I going? Well, I'm not a software pilot, I'm not a programmer, and I'm definitely not a staple remover. I'm an artist and an animator. My name is Mike Brown and I'm from Colorado. I grew up in and around Denver. As a kid I spent a lot of time drawing, playing and looking for creepy, crawly things. I also spent a lot of time watching cartoons so as I got older it was no surprise that I wanted to be an animator.
 
       In high school I began experimenting with Stop-motion animation and comic book illustration. Although drawing was fun (and still is) I always found myself asking the same question... what's this picture gonna look like a second from now. Stop-motion provided me with a method to find out.

       I didn't do anything very elaborate with stop-mo at first but as I learned new techniques and principles from books and television I began trying things that were more outrageous. Like slicing up puppets with a cheese slicer and stacking the pieces one frame at a time to give the illusion of a character emerging from a television or book.

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The smell of victory.
    

       When I finished high school I really wasn't sure where to go next. At the time there weren't really any schools offering classes in animation so I figured I'd go for the fine art thing at University of Northern Colorado and see what I could get out of it. Working on still images again seemed a little boring to me at time so I only lasted a year before I thought it was time to do something different (although I did get a lot of great life drawing practice and color theory out of the experience).

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Having fun on holloween.

 

 

      I decided to just have fun for awhile so I packed up my stuff, moved to Vail Colorado, and became a ski bum. I spent three years loading people onto chair lifts and skiing every day. I had a lot of fun and learned a lot of stuff up there. I highly recommend everyone do something like that for a couple years. You'd be surprised at what you learn.

After messing around for a couple years I decided it was time to figure out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life so I moved back down to Denver. Signed up for animation classes at the Colorado Institute of Art. Bought a computer and started transferring all the stuff I learned doing Stop-Motion into a computer. The rest is history.

 

       So what's next for Mike Brown? Well, I'd eventually like to bring characters to life on the big screen. That's been my goal from the very beginning. Hopefully every thing I do and everywhere I go will get me one step closer to that goal. If you'd like to see where I've been, who I've worked for and where I am now, hop on over to my Resume page. Or, drop me a line below :).
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