We had the good fortune of connecting with Miranda Dressler and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Miranda, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I have always loved making art and from a really young age I got this idea that I wanted to work in animation. As a kid I didn’t understand what that meant, exactly: I just knew I wanted to be one of the artists making my favorite cartoons. I’m autistic, so I’ve always been kind of ‘in my own head’ a lot of the time. I was the kid sitting in the corner of the playground with a sketchbook at recess, totally absorbed in drawing my own comics and making up stories. I grew up constantly moving around and have lived in the Midwest, the South and the East Coast but I knew the land of animation was in Hollywood, so I also become super focused on moving to Los Angeles.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As a kid, I always felt like an outsider and a weirdo: now as adult working in a creative business it’s so inspiring to work with tons of other artistic people and feel like I’ve found my tribe. My favorite thing to do is draw character-based art, and I also love working with patterns and bright colors. Since moving to Los Angeles almost 15 years ago, I’ve worked in TV animation and in also product design. I love being able to move around between industries and collaborate with other artists and creators. I’ve been at really big companies like Disney where everyone is part of a huge team, and at a start-up toy company with less than 10 employees where I was one of the first artists on deck. I’ve worked at Disney TV (Kick Buttowski) , Cartoon Network (Over the Garden Wall) , Bento Box (Bob’s Burgers) and am currently developing my own original animated series. You might also have seen some of the products I designed for Raskullz and Krash on shelf at Target: awesome 3D kids’ bike helmets shaped like unicorns, kitties and dinosaur mohawks! I’m always sketching new ideas and making products for my online store- check out my personal illustrations, fun flair like pins and patches and other stuff through my web store!
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My high school in new Jersey had a pretty crummy art program so I signed up for ‘Commercial Art’ at the district Polytechnic School three days a week. Up to that point, no teacher or adult in my life had supported my dream to do art as a career. LA seemed really far away from NJ, and it was hard to see how to make my animation dreams a reality. My teacher Teresa De Sapio Diaz really encouraged my focus on animation: teaching me life-drawing skills, the right computer software, and how to build a college admissions portfolio. She’s a total badass and I’m forever grateful she taught me to GO FOR IT!
Other: My online store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/mirandadressler