Interview: Jake Armstrong

Jake Armstrong quit drawing after seeing all the other kids in class get better than him at it. But after a roundabout trip through theater, and rock and roll, he came back to his first love, Illustration and Animation. Jake and I talk about growing up in Oklahoma, influences, tone, and the entire modern process of creating the animation that isn’t all that different from the way it’s always been done. Of course, we do manage to squeeze talking about Ren & Stimpy, the Michael Bay Ninja Turtles, and Tomb Raider for good measure. Go check out his work at and watch his awesome animated shorts “Mountain Ash” and the award winning “The Terrible Thing of Alpha-9.”