Meet Sykosan

Animator and Illustrator

About Sykosan

About Sykosan

Mentor of 2D Animation

Sykosan is a London-based 2D animation filmmaker with expertise covering all stages of the animation process including writing and editing, film directing, character design, background and assets design, 2D effects and compositing. His unique style is a modern blend of western and Japanese influences, while his work also shows a strong ability to match a large variety of animation styles.

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Throughout his career, Sykosan has animated for all kinds of media such as advertising, feature films, video games and music videos for diverse clients such as Katy Perry, the BBC, Netflix, Adobe MTV, Samsung, Sony, Adidas, Gucci, and many more.

Sykosan has always been interested in sharing his knowledge and skills through social media and tutorials. Today, at CG Spectrum, Sykosan connects directly with his students like nowhere else.


Sykosan's work

Credits include Love, Death & Robots, Cry About it Later (Katy Perry music video), and Teppen, to name a few.

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Q&A with Sykosan

Which city are you currently based in?

London, England

What did your pathway into the industry look like?

I graduated as an architect before deciding that I wanted to try animation. I had created a short animation with a friend during my spare time and then enrolled for a 2-year course in animation film making at La Poudrière in France.

I worked in France for an animation studio as a cleanup artist before shortly moving to London where there were more opportunities. I worked for a while for a TV channel doing mainly basic 3D animations and some programming.

After a few years I decided to go freelance. It gave me more freedom to work for various studios and work on many different projects. I also decided at some point that I would leave 3D aside and become a 2D animator only. I have been a freelancer for many years now and I am happy with this lifestyle.

What has been the best experience of your career so far?
The most satisfying job for me was directing and animating Katy Perry’s music video, Cry About It Later. I was given pretty much complete creative freedom and, despite the tight budget and short deadline, I put a small team together and we did a great job of it. I hope to do more directing jobs in the future.
What’s your advice for animation students?

Always build up your portfolio throughout the years. We always improve and learn new things. It’s worth spending a bit of time creating some personal content to push ourselves and also show the world what we really want to do.

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What do you enjoy most about being a CG Spectrum mentor?
I have always enjoyed sharing some of my knowledge and seeing students improve. What I love the most about CG Spectrum is the fact that I can do that and still keep working on animation jobs. It gives me a fulfilling balance in my work life.
How do you stay creative outside of work?
I work mainly as an animator but, on the side I also enjoy illustration, sculpting, photography and Lego. I also have a keen interest in science and scientific news. I have a pet project that I like to go back to now and then and hope to turn into a real animation film some day.
What excites you most about the future of animation?
Animation is an ever growing industry with a bright future. Nowadays we have many tools, genres and styles available so there are plenty of options and opportunities. I particularly like the new trend of animation for grown ups with more mature topics and varied genres. I look forward to seeing this side of animation grow.

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