Leo Antolini

Freelance Children's Book Illustrator & Cartoonist

Location:Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina
2 Skills

Secondary Education:
Colegio San Ladislao, Olivos, Pcia. de Buenos Aires
Specialization: Management and Administration, December 2000

University Education:
Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California, EE.UU.
Bachelor of Fine Arts, December 2005
Major: Animation – Visual Development / Character Design

Relevant Classes:
Inspirational Art for Animation; Figure Drawing; Illustrative Digital Imaging; Layout Design for Animation; Children’s Book Illustration; Color and Design; Computer Animation Production; Character Design and Drawing for Cartoons; Introduction and Intermediate Animation; Storyboarding for TV and Feature Animation; New Media for Illustrators; Background Painting

Computer Knowledge:
Office, Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Premiere, After Effects, GXportal
Windows y Macintosh operating systems

Fluent in written and spoken Spanish and English.
Attended English classes at LEA Insitute and ICANA (Argentine – American Cultural Institute) Scored 277/300 on TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Lived and studied for 5 years in the United States.


Character and Background Designer/ Storyboard Artist/ Director
PepperMelon, Argentina
Projecto: various
November 2009 – January 2011

§ Created storyboards for commercial projects for various international clients, including The Guardian, FOX Latin America and Silvercross.
§ Storyboarded and directed episodes for a proposed 3D animated series.
§ Directed, storyboarded and designed characters for 3D animated short, “Green With Envy.”

Character Designer/ Visual Development Artist
100 Bares, Argentina
Project: “Los Mundos de Uli” – Animated Series
September 2009 – March 2010

§ Created character designs and general style proposal for original series pitch.
§ Designed main and secondary characters, following the general style chosen by director.

Clean-Up Artist/Character Builder
Illusion Studios, Argentina
Project: “Boogie el Aceitoso” – Animated Feature Film
April 2008 – June 2008

§ Cleaned up and colored previously animated sequences using Harmony Toonboom software.
§ Built previously designed characters using Harmony Toonboom software to be animated.
§ Modified characters for specific scenes, following storyboards using Harmony Toonboom software.

Designer / Illustrator
Encuadre Producciones, Argentina
Project: “Nada Que Ver” – Animated Series
January 2007 – August 2007

§ Designed backgrounds and props for animated television series.
§ Developed characters and turnarounds based on previous designs.
§ Created character illustrations following the established series style.

Freelance Illustrator
Leapfrog, USA
February 2007 – present
§ Created full art for children´s book project, including all interior illustrations and cover.
§ Created illustrations for project pitches.
§ Designed characters and general style for children´s products line including books, toys and interactive software.
§ Created graphics for plush toy line.

Zynga Games, USA
July 2008
§ Designed 18 different monster characters for online game, and created 2 different views of each character.

Pierpoint Outsourcing, Argentina
December 2006
§ Provided concepts and created sketches for the new image of the CandidateHunter.com project.

Asociación de Golf del Sur, Mexico
October 2006
§ Created 10 illustrations for company website.

Character Designer / Visual Development Artist
Storytime Pictures, San Francisco, California, USA
July 2004 – August 2005

§ Created character designs and visual development pieces for poposed television and film projects.
§ Acted as visual development artist and color stylist for finished animated short for a prominent non-profit organization.
§ Actively articipated in story meetings.
§ Developed ideas for televisión and film projects.

Illustrator / Creative Director
Chatterfox.com, San Francisco, California, USA
April 2002 – June 2004

§ Designed corporate logo/mascot for online communications website.
§ Created slogans and merchandise designs.
§ Developed original proposals for advertising campaigns.

Writer / Director
“My Undead Friend,” Animated Short, Student Project
February - May 2003

§ Developed and wrote script, created storyboards, designed characters, props and backgrounds.
§ Fully animated 4 scenes and edited entire project.
§ Directed group of 5 student animators.


Image Campus, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Mach 2009 – June 2010

§ Main instructor for Introduction to Production course.
§ Substitute instructor for Drawing for Animation Workshop.

Puerta 18, Buenos Aires, Argentina
July 2009

§ Instructor, Character Design workshop (2 sessions)
§ Assistant instructor for design programs use (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.)


§ First Place, Animation Magazine’s “Pitch Party” Contest, July 2005
§ Character Design Award, Fall Animation Festival, Academy of Art University, Fall 2005
§ Honorable Mention, Spring Show, Academy of Art University, Visual Development Piece, May 2004
§ President’s Honor List, Academy of Art University, Spring 2004
§ Honorable Mention, Academy Character Design Contest, December 2003