Breaking In: Breaking Into 2D Painting for TV

Breaking In: Breaking Into 2D Painting for TV


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Breaking In: Breaking Into 2D Painting for TV



  • Students
  • Recent Graduates
  • Anyone wanting to break into Paint and/or Design for TV


  • TV Pipeline
  • Portfolios
  • Common Techniques
  • Light Assignments
  • Networking


  • Fundamental Photoshop Skills
  • Fundamental Perspective Skills
  • Painting Software Alternatives to Adobe PS


Do you want to take your painting skills and work as a professional artist in television? Maybe your dream is to help bring beloved characters and fantastical worlds to life. Looking forward to joining an art department to make memorable shows? Then this circle is for you.

In Breaking into 2D Painting for TV you will learn the essentials of what it takes to get started in this part of the industry.

By the end of the term, you will:

  • Understand how the Art Department works as a whole: the roles and jobs and how they work together
  • Learn about the Production Pipeline – how these jobs fit into the overall production process and the path one might take from the first gig to full-time artist
  • Know how to set yourself up to apply for and land jobs by creating strong resumes, cover letters, thank you letters, portfolios, etc.
  • You’ll also have a clear picture of how recruiting works and what the job application process is like
  • Improve your portfolio organization
  • Grow your painting skills needed for a 2D TV animation role
  • Learn how to show up professionally so that recruiters and bosses take notice of you
  • Develop tools for managing the stresses and anxieties that come along with making the leap into the industry

And more!

Qualification Criteria

Student (final year)
Aspiring Professional (0 yrs of experience)

Day / Time

Times Per Month:  Twice 
Day / Time:  Tuesday evenings
Timezone: PST

ADDITIONAL Application requirementS

Please submit the following:

  • Portfolio link
  • A short personal statement explaining a bit about your background, why you want to get into TV animation, what kind of shows you’re hoping to work on, what inspires you, and what you’re hoping to get out of this mentorship opportunity

Circle Leader

Steffany Rodriguez

Steffany Rodrigues is a professional Background Painter and Designer in the animation industry, skilled in digital painting, set design, and illustration. She got her education from Art Center College of Design.

Also an avid mug collector and chocolate addict, Steffany likes to enjoy life and have fun!


Current Title:  Artist in Animation

Studio / Employer:  Zeitgeist Design & Production Studio


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