Ever since Nathan Love’s founding in 2007, Anca has been a key player in the studio’s growth and culture. Having started out as a designer and CG artist, Anca was initially hired as Nathan Love’s Art Director, and quickly rose to directing many of the company’s projects. She continues to direct, while also heading the studio’s treatments, branding and internal designs, training new hires, helping with administrative work, and putting together killer creative presentations.
In tandem with her ANL endeavors, Anca is also a Computer Art Thesis Instructor at the School of Visual Arts and spends her free time creating art under the name Catdactyl.
When not creating, working, or teaching, she can be found relaxing with her two adorable tabby cats Cookie and Sammich, tending to her indoor plants, or covered in glowsticks at your local rave.
A BRIEF INTERVIEW WITH ANCA:
Why did you decide to pursue a career in animation?
When I was little, I wanted to be a cartoonist and would draw my family’s friends with big exaggerated features. They got a kick out of it. In high school, I developed my skills and was especially into portraiture. And in college, I think I was drawn to animation because it satisfied a more technical side of me that enjoyed computers and gaming, but also continued that path of capturing expression and character. I’ve been steadily going where this flow takes me, and guiding it a little here and there when i need a change.
Do you have any advice for aspiring artists?
One thing I see a lot of young artists doing – and that I also see reflected in myself – is holding back on creating things or taking art opportunities, because it may not fit the style or aesthetic they hope to have for themselves. I’ve realized that those people that do have a style – they create constantly. They create stuff they like and don’t like, and then they curate their own work into a style. It doesn’t all just come out perfect. So just keep making stuff!
What is your favorite thing about the 90’s?
Industrial music, Jnco’s & crop tops, comparing pants circumference (i had a pair or two of 69″!), bandanas, hacky sacks & cigarettes, Airwalks, glow sticks, and watching Bob Barker on The Price is Right.
Make sure to check out Anca’s directorial work below!