Meet an Animator: Ilya Schwarz

Where do you live?

I mostly live in Toronto, Canada, but at the moment I’m spending a year in London.

Did you study animation at a school or are you self-taught?

I went to school at Sheridan College for Illustration, and later picked up animation on my own.

How long have you been animating, and what made you become interested in it?

I’ve been animating(mostly for games) for about 7 years. I’ve always been interested in telling stories in a visual medium, making images animated seemed like a natural fit. 

Do any particular styles or animators inspire your work?

Lots of inspiring animators! Klasky Csupo stuff from the 90s is some of my favorite, Eiichiro Oda, Genndy Tartakovsky, Chuck Jones, Yuri Norstein, and many many others.

Besides animation, what are you interested in?

Memorable, quirky characters. Unexpected design choices. Cheeses.

Ilya’s Animatron projects can be found here; check out the rest of his work on his website or his blog!