If Ratatouille was a wonderful movie, its title sequence were the great and satisfactory surprise, the author: Nate Wragg. Illustrator and art designer of animation film features, his work is synonym of quality in all his projects, the last one, "The Anciant Book of Sex and Science", which we recomend it.
Name: Nate Wragg
Profession: Visual Development Artist in Animation
Artistic training: Cal Arts for 3 years, intern at James Baxter Animation, intern at Pixar Animation Studios
Work done you're most proud of: The design work I did for the animated end title sequence for Ratatouille.
Work done you're least proud of: I did a painting for a show once of a Bartending Mummy that I threw away it was so bad. It just wasn't working.
The project you are currently working on and the next one, if any: Currently was working on a halloween special for dreamworks animation and also the artwork for and art book I was in titled The Ancient Book of Sex and Science. I have a bunch of commissions and side projects for my self I'm going to be working on now that i have a bit of free time.
You are inspired by: Life, my wife, comedy and tragedy, Paul Klee, Jim Flora, Pablo Picasso, Ward Kimball, Tom Orb, Miroslav Sasek, Alice and Martin Provensen, Fiep Westendorp, Ralph Steadman, Classic Monster Movie characters and posters, my colleagues in the art and animation world, 50's animation
Favorite artist: My favorite artist would have to be Paul Klee.
Pencil & paper, or mouse: Pencil & paper. Real medium always beats digital.
Music you listen to while working: Kings of Leon, Silversun Pickups, Vampire Weekend, Coconut Records, Simon and Garfunkel, Coldplay, Iron and Wine, The Shins, Oldies and Classic Rock
Curious habits while working: I have to listen to music, and I can't eat or snack while I'm working. I hate having food on my hands or feel like it was on my hands.
Crazy stuff on your desktop: I don't have anything crazy on my desktop, I love having a picture of my wife as my desktop image.
To work, night or day? I usually wake up around 5 am and work for about 3 to 4 hours before work everyday. It helps me feel like I got a good start on the day, plus I can come home and hang out with family and friends after work and have somewhat of a normal life in the evening. I'm a bit of a work aholic, so I schedule it in the early morning when no one is awake, so I loose sleep rather than loose life experiences with my wife and friends.
Three movies to spend a Sunday relaxed at home: Dumb and Dumber, The Big Lebowski, and Seven.
Classic animation favorite:Toot Whistle Plunk and Boom
Ancient Art or Modern: Modern
Comedy or Drama: Comedy with a sense of Drama. Both are good by themselves, but I love movies that blend the two.
The toughest moment of your professional career: There was a 4 month stretch when I was working for Pixar that I was designing the animated end credits for ratatouille, Designing the short film Your Friend the Rat and Illustrating the children's book for the movie all at once. I was literally working seven days a week with maybe 5 hours of sleep a night. It was physically and mentally draining, but immeasurably rewarding once all was said and done.
An the sweetest moment: Hearing people tell me that there kids love reading the book I illustrated every night before bed. That they love the pictures. Getting that type of feedback and response to my work is simply the best.
What you see yourself doing in 20 years? Working as a production designer hopefully designing films that will try to push the limits of design and storytelling in animation.
Finally... tell us which has been the best advice you've been given both professional and personal: Professional would be to always give a 110%. Work as hard as you think you can, and then work even harder. And personal would have to be my parents always told me that my best would be good enough. If I put forth my absolute best effort in everything I did, then I would be just fine.