Since Aardman Nathan Love’s founding in 2007, Creative Director Anca Risca has served as a versatile talent for the design and animation studio. Risca originally joined Nathan Love as an Art Director, growing into her current role through years of hands-on experience. She possesses a natural and refined sense for combining visual styles, soul, and branding, to create unique and memorable stories. Her directorial credits include 2D/3D hybrid animated spots for Perdue and Saucony, 3D spots for Crayola and Oregon Lottery, as well as a successful 2D animated campaign for Sweet ‘N Low. Anca oversees the studio’s design, branding, and treatment process, and serves as an invaluable guiding eye in many of the company’s projects.
Alongside her work at ANL, Anca has taught at the School of Visual Arts, presented at the F5 Festival, and has been featured in multiple publications for her work. She is an avid lover of nature, cats, and grandpa jokes.
A BRIEF INTERVIEW WITH ANCA:
Why did you decide to persue a carreer in animation?
When I was little, I wanted to be a cartoonist and would draw my family’s friends with big exagerrated 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 that I see alot 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. It’s something I’m actively working to fix, because 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!