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John Sumner

John Sumner spent most of his young life as a journeyman, traveling across the country and working a ton of odd jobs. Little did he know that all of these experiences would come in handy as he settled into the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, CA.  

For the past decade, John has been primarily working as a Production Designer/Art Director/Builder for Film, Television, and Internet Content, with a focus on stop-motion.

When John isn't working on professional jobs, you can usually find him carving tikis, drawing comics, and trying not to get his butt kicked by his wife and kids in Tae Kwon Do.

Other Important Stats about John

Home Town : Detroit, Mi.

Education : Art Center College of Design, Pasadena CA.  Graduated MFA with Honors 

Current Position : Art Director at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios in Burbank, CA

John Sumner : Personal Note

The BIG Questions...  What are you doing, and why are you doing it?  Or, otherwise know as 'The Punk Rock Theory of Everything'.

Hey there!  Thanks for taking the time to scroll down and actually read beyond the highlights.  Because you're here, I wanted to share with you a personal philosophy I have, and how I use it to approach life and my art.  If it's something that you like, then by all means, roll with it and make it your own.  

If you're not super interested, no problem.  I'm totally cool with you skipping this part to go back and look at some art, so nows your chance to sneak away.

(dramatic pause)

Aha! You're still here.  Great! 

So, what are you doing, and why are you doing it?  Or better yet, "What am I doing, and why am I doing it?"  I'm not going to lie, the first part of this is easy.  You simply have to sit back and take notice of your current actions.  

For myself, I am focusing my energy on creating kick-ass stop-motion content for myself, for my job, and for my friends.  I'm also putting a lot of focus on creating a solid support crew by spending quality time with my family - who happen to be my best friends and biggest supporters.

Now comes the hart part... "Why are you doing it?"  It sounds easy enough, but I find the challenging part tends to pop up on days when you're not feeling well, or you're just not willing to be totally honest about it.  Yup, sometimes we even lie to ourselves.  For the past 15 years I've been working on this question, and found that throughout all the various answers, there's one constant theme... I love making art for entertainment.  The concept art, struggling with style and client notes, running an art team of talented builders, schedules and budgets, getting my hands dirty and carving wood.  The good and the mundane, I just love the process of it.  Oddly enough, I'm finding the same parallels with my family.  We challenge each other, and yet we also completely support one another.  It's a give and take, but the payoff is huge.

How does this pertain to you?  Well, if you like what you see, and want to work with me, just know that I put everything I have into a project because I love the process of it as much as the final project.  

By the way, Thanks again for taking the time to read this note, I really appreciate it.  I aimed to keep it short and engaging so as to not get boring.  However, if you have questions, comments, or thoughts and want to share them, then please do.