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Please Donate to a New York City Animation Coworking studio.

The man who builds a factory builds a temple, that the man who works there worships there, and to each is due, not scorn and blame, but reverence and praise.

Calvin Coolidge

While New York City offers many studios for rent by traditional artists, writers, and musicians, it lacks offerings for a supportive space that is rentable to digital artists. New York City is one of two hubs in the art, TV, and film industry in the United States. New York features six colleges and two specialty schools offering animation, illustration, and computer design classes and degrees.  These graduates go on to join a burgeoning community of animators and designers who work in the gaming industry, do web design, web advertising, animation for TV and movies, and freelance illustrating and cartooning among other things. 

Please support The Productive coworking studio (www.theproductivenyc.com) as it opens to provide New York City digital artists (freelance, professional, and hobbyist animators, cartoonists, illustrators, graphic designers, as well as writers) in the NYC area with the workspace, resources, peer support, and collaboration opportunities they need to produce digital works of art outside of their homes or offices.

As a reward for your donations, you'll have the opportunity to receive the following samples of this amazing and talented community's work:

 "Octobeast" Cubeecraft designed for The Productive by Cubeecraft extraordinaire Chris Beaumont.

Set of three bookmarks by Alisa Harris.

Alisa lives in Queens, New York, and has worked as a freelance animator; designer; storyboard, layout, and background artist on commercials, TV series, and independent films. In addition to her self-published comics, her art has been included in anthologies for Friends of Lulu, Lifemeter Comics, Not My Small Diary, and The Zinesters Guide to NYC.

Reusable The Productive shopping bag designed by Katie Cropper.

Katie Cropper was born, raised, and just can’t seem to leave New York City. A graduate of the traditional animation program at Pratt Institute in 2007, she has spent most of her animation career working in the indie animation circuit. Cropper had the pleasure of being a designer and production manager on the HBO documentary Getting Over Him in 8 Songs or Less, directed by Debra J. Solomon. She has been freelancing, animating, painting, and blogging ever since.

Monsters illustration book by Nelson Diaz.

Nelson Diaz was born and raised and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. Nelson has been an animator on children's shows such as Ellen's Acres, Wonder Pets, and Third and Bird. He has designed and animated show openings for Aarti Party and Guy Fieri's Big Bite on the Food Network. In addition to animation, Nelson works as an illustrator and comic maker.

The Productive T-Shirt and additional T-shirts designs by Keith Vincent.

Keith Vincent currently resides on the planet earth, in a city called New York.  His work can be seen on Nicktoons, Cartoon Network, and PBS. Keith has spent several years as a full-time director at Animation Collective, working on television projects for children. He has also recently worked as a voice actor, graphic designer, musician, teacher, and part-time monster costume model.  These days he is building iPhone apps and developing his own creative properties.

"Fox," "Bunnie," "Rhino," and "Cars and Explosions" replacement sets from Javan Ivey's stop-motion music video for Green Screens by the band Sleeping at Last.

Chick, 24" x 36" poster, designed by Chrissy Fellmeth.

Chrissy is an animator, designer, and illustrator living in Brooklyn, New York.  Chrissy's worked on shows like Superjail, Metalocalypse, Sesame Street, and various shorts for MTV; she likes cats and she likes zombies.

Girls, 13" x 19" print, and Water Nymph, 6" x 11" print, by Jake Armstrong.

Jake is an animator living in Brooklyn and working in New York City. He does many drawings, and some of them know how to move.

Strung Up, 7.25" x 9.5" watercolor, Untitled, 3.5" x 9.5" watercolor; and Fall, 11" x 14" watercolor, by Holly Mongi.

Holly is an animator and visual artist living in Queens, New York. She draws paints, travels, cooks, and fences. She's interested in art, science, film, and television.

i love, 8" x 4" print, by Keith Vincent.

See bio. above.

8" x10" or 8.5" x 14" prints by Maya Edelman.

Maya Edelman is an animator/drawer who lives in Brooklyn, New York. She's created animation and design for various kids' TV shows, including Team Umizoomi and Sid the Science Kid; ad campaigns; and even theater productions! Her personal work currently focuses on hair, patterns, and animal masks. She's also been involved in doing live-video projections for bands as of late.

Hostess Cream and Hostess Blue, 22.5" x 10.6" prints, by Pasquale Ricotta.

Pasquale lives in Queens, New York, with his brother and puppy. He draws for work and for fun, usually while listening to Bob Dylan.

Robert Brightface lamp by Josh Weisbrod.

Josh is an animator living in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Pratt with a degree in animation. Josh has worked on imagery for MoveOn.org and worked on animation with New York City freelance animator Dan Meth.

Why the Long Face?, 8" x 10" print, by James Sugrue.

James Sugrue has dreamed of animating ever since the age of five when he first laid eyes on Who Framed Roger Rabbit. His world would never be the same again. Since graduation, he has been actively working both full-time and freelance, adding more to his resume and participating in animation events. He currently works at New York's Titmouse animation studio. He hopes someday to produce his own cartoons for television. The aspects he enjoys most about animating are making people smile and drawing fun characters that make him feel like a kid again.

Dr. Bigfoot M.D. #1 (see larger), #2 (see larger), #3 (see larger), #4 (see larger), 11" x 17" prints, created and signed by artist and surly illustrator Brendan Tobin.

Robots in Metropolis, 14" x 11" print, by Jimmy Manocchio.

Jim has been working in the broadcast television, film, and animation industry since 1987. His background is in illustration and animation. He's worked in Miami, Los Angeles, and New York City. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, illustrating and art directing projects in feature film, television, direct to DVD, Internet, and gaming.

Pixie and Amber, 18" x 24" oil paintings on canvas, by Sarah Wickliffe.

Sarah Wickliffe is an animator and visual artist currently living in New York City.  A graduate of NYU Tisch, her animated short film Art’s Desire has screened and won awards at film festivals worldwide, most notably a Gold Student Academy Award in 2007. She has since worked on a wide range of projects, from preschool television to The Onion News Network.

Thank you to Katie Cropper for voice over, thank you to Pink Noise for records, thank you all artists who contributed work, thank you to everyone who browsed and donated -Happy Holidays!!!

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