About

Leonard Nicolas

I’m an Animator… because it’s magic.
Everyone’s had it happen to them; you see something that’s SUPPOSED to be impossible, and slowly, you feel a smile creep across your face uncontrollably, like a quarter coming out of your ear for the first time. That’s what animation does.

 

This website is where I post my favorite projects.
Most of my projects are about helping people put together animation for some sort of media or other. Typically, I get called on a project to rig or work on the animations. Most of the time it’s both. If I work on a game, broadcast, film or on a web project, this is where you’ll see it.

 

Leonic Animation
Leonic is just a portmanteau for my full name. It’s actually the lion mascot that has a deeper significance to me. I really admire the beauty of the lion and respect the noble quality that they always stand for. When I work with a client or on a team, I always want the same to be said about me and the work we produce together.

SKILLS

Technical/ Software

  • Autodesk Maya
  • After Effects
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • Motion Builder

Creative/ Specialized

  • Solid understanding of timing and animation principles
  • Character rigging and setup
  • MEL Scripting
  • Capable of working with motion capture data
  • Exceptional eye for visual development

EXPERIENCE

Leonic Animation, Atlanta, GA Jun 11- Present

Character Animator/ Designer

  • Character animation for games, full CG, and live-action film
  • Custom rigs/character setup, including facial rigging, and pipeline tool development
  • Brand/ graphic design

Bardel Entertainment, Vancouver, BC — Dec 15- Present

Character Animator

  • Television character animation:
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Puss In Boots

Primal Screen, Atlanta, GA — Jan 11- Nov 15

Character Animator/ Rigging TD

  • Animation for commercials, and other ad campaigns
  • Web game cut sequences
  • Character/ vehicle rigging for various projects
  • Various effects compositing, both on-air and online

Art Institute of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA — Aug 09- June 11

Media Arts Tutor/ Lab Manager

  • Responsible for managing the campus’ motion capture lab and staff
  • Worked with students to help them learn software and creative techniques
  • Tech support for both Mac and PC networks
  • Finding technological solutions for assisting students and faculty

Regal Entertainment Group, Austell, GA — May 05- May 10

Shift-lead/ Promotions Creative Director

  • Art Direction for Disney’s UP Promo Competition, placed 1st in the nation
  • Designed and painted murals for promotions and special events

EDUCATION

Art Institute of Atlanta —- Bachelors in Fine Arts, Media Arts & Animation — June 2011

  • Best In Show, Art Institute of Atlanta, Media Arts & Animation — 2011
  • Magna Cum Laude, Art Institute of Atlanta — 2011
  • Recipient, Art Institute of Atlanta Academic Excellence Award— 2011
  • Honor’s List, The Art Institute of Atlanta — 2009, 2010, 2011