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Student Animator wins $20000 scholarship

on Tuesday,October 06,2009 21:10

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Many people have been scolded by their teachers for doodling in class but there just might be a future in it, as the Society of Illustrators has recently named Jake Panian as the winner of the $20,000 Zankel scholarship.

The scholarship, named in honor of famed contributor to the arts Arthur Zankel, is awarded annually to third year students considered by the Society of Illustrators to be the "most promising illustrator in the United States," claims their homepage.

Now a senior at San Jose State University''s School of Animation and Illustration, Panian''s work has earned him not only success in academia, but lofty praise from Jeff Sangalli, an art director for LucasArts.

"(His work has) a sense of direction and storytelling that really comes across," says Sangalli, an alumnus of SJSU."It''s something employers will recognize,"

Panian credits his success to the his school''s ACME Network, a compendium of industry professionals that provide experienced feedback on student productions which takes its name from the fictional mail-order dynamite depot frequented by Wile E. Coyote in the Warner Brother''s Roadrunner cartoons.
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