GDG and 6 Point Harness Party at Chuck Jones Gallery

**Save the Date** Thursday July 24th

GIRLS DRAWIN’ GIRLS AND 6 POINT HARNESS TO CO-HOST EXCLUSIVE PARTY AT
CHUCK JONES GALLERY DURING COMIC-CON

Featuring “What’s Up Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones” with Special Guest, Craig Kausen, Chuck Jones’s Grandson, And Special Appearances by “Girls Drawin’ Girls” and 6 Point Harness Members

Who:  Girls Drawin’ Girls (GDG), a collaborative group showcasing women artists working in the male-dominated industry of animation, along with 6 Point Harness (6PH), a creative and visionary animation studio which develops and produces premium content through its suite of high-end tools/services and the famed Chuck Jones Gallery.

What: Members of Girls Drawin’ Girls and 6PH will be featured during a special “What’s Up Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones” installation.  GDG and Chuck Jones Center for Creativity are creating a special edition work of art based upon Pepe Le Pew and GDG’s mascot, Gigi by Jennifer Llewelyn that will be for sale at the Gallery and at GDG’s booth 5628 during Comic-Con.

 

Where:  Chuck Jones Gallery

232 Fifth Avenue

San Diego, CA 92101

(across the street from the Hard Rock Hotel)

 

When: Thursday, July 24th 7-10pm

 

About Girls Drawin’ Girls: Girls Drawin Girls (GDG) was founded in 2006 by Simpsons veteran Melody Severns, who started Girls Drawin’ Girls as a way to showcase female artists working in the male-heavy animation industry.  She felt it was time for these talented women to demonstrate their creative abilities and their own personal vision of sex appeal by re-interpreting the field of pin-up art.

Since it’s conception, the group has published two volumes of pin-up art and has grown to over 200 active members worldwide, whose work has been showcased in various entertainment industries, from production design, film and television animation, to graphic design.  

About 6PH: 6 Point Harness (6PH) is a creative and visionary animation studio which develops and produces premium content through its suite of high-end tools and services.  The Los Angeles based studio is both a world-class producer of original animated content and a resource for top-shelf animation production from inception of projects to execution.  The 6PH team is known for its development skills and technical knowledge, as well as a company that provides artists, writers and creatives a unique and effective outlet to display talent and tell stories.

About Chuck Jones Gallery: The Chuck Jones Gallery is the only gallery in San Diego devoted to the art of the animated film, representing not only the work of its namesake, four-time Academy Award recipient and legendary animation director and creator, Chuck Jones, but also art work by Dr. Seuss and all animation studios. Included in the ongoing gallery exhibits are original paintings and fine art editions by artists such as Mike Kungl, Bob Elias, Mike Peraza, Eric Goldberg, and Fabio Napoleoni. The gallery is open seven days a week from 10 to 8 PM, except on Sunday when they close at 6 PM. The gallery website is at ChuckJones.com.

 

 

Artist Spotlight: Natalie Zigal

Natalie’s Website  |  Natalie on Society6

medusa_finalCould you give us a brief overview of your art background (when you first became interested in art, education, work history, etc…)?
I always loved to draw.  I didn’t always see it as a potential career.  I just liked it and  I wanted to get better at it.  I applied to  the San Jose State animation illustration program because I loved the curriculum and was drawn to the energy that came from the students and the faculty.  I never really knew where I fit as a professional artist though.  So when I graduated I cast a wide net.  I did everything from designing bathroom fixtures to designing shoes before I landed in the toy industry.  Oddly enough it was at the shoe gig where I painted my first pin-up girls.

Describe some of the jobs you have done professionally how they have helped develop your artistic skills. 
Many of my professional endeavors have  been in fashion and product design.  I think these different disciplines have taught me that there is beauty and character in the details.  I always spend extra time to think through the nuances.  It has also helped me understand and refine my forms.

PrintHas working professionally around so many other artists influenced your art and comic style?  If so, in what way?  
There’s nothing more important to me than being surrounded by passionate people in a work environment.  Working with amazing people, from so many different disciplines, makes me think differently about how I compose, color, and present my work.

Has it been difficult balancing a full-time art job with your personal artistic commitments?  
I think the balance is imperative in my life.  When I create for myself, I bring more to my career.  If I don’t have my own stuff to work on, I begin to feel dissatisfied in work and life.

You’re a new mom, how has the experience been for you so far? 
Being a mom is VERY new to me – only two weeks in.  It’s a trip! It’s crazy how this new person just appears and suddenly becomes everything.  I know my life will never be quite the same and I often wonder if and how my personal art will evolve to accommodate the little free time I will have. It might take a while to find that balance. I truly hope it’s something I can share with her someday.

What other women do you find artistic inspiration from?
I have always loved Holly Hobby.  Her water colors are so expressive.  Of course Mary Blair.  I also draw a lot of inspiration from girls in the group.  In my time with Girls Drawin’ Girls, I have met and been exposed to so many talented ladies.

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Do you have a preference between working with digital or traditional methods? Could you give a couple reasons why?  
While I have worked in both, I will always love traditional media.  It’s scary, challenging and so rewarding!  I love mixing colors and solving problems in the raw.  It also gives me total control of the final output.

Are there any artistic disciplines (sculpture, painting, photography, fashion, etc, anything…) that you have a passion for?
Painting, life drawing and iPhone photography – mainly of my dog, and probably now my child.

Is there a type of art that you‘ve always wanted to learn?
I’ve always wanted to try my hand at clay sculpting, sewing and glass blowing.

Based on your professional experiences, do you have any advice for aspiring young women artists?  
1. Your path isn’t always a direct trajectory to your dream job. When starting out focus on just finding work, because your work ethic is your strongest attribute.  You can always keep looking for your dream job.
2. Never work for free.
3. Enjoy your journey