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Artist-in-Residence: Rodney Lambright II

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Introducing Rodney Lambright II as he kicks off his January-February residency Unwanted Sympathy with the Bubbler at Central Library! Rodney is an illustrator, animator, and writer who uses animation and cartoons as a vehicle to tell honest narratives. His work explores the depths of individual's perceptions, questioning binary thinking and investigating gray areas of life. 

Growing up on Cartoon Network's cartoons, anime series on Toonami, and Adult Swim sparked his mind at a young age and continues to feed his passion around watching and creating cartoons. The world of cartoons presents itself as a place of endless possibilities to stretch reality beyond its limitation, which Rodney enjoys to play with within his works.

Rodney Lambright II artHis residency Unwanted Sympathy is about interpersonal investigation of psychological traumas, embedded within the unconscious mind - the realities  we create to cope with pain, the ways we express emotion, and our own personal perceptions. Unwanted Sympathy will focus on honing that energy to develop unique stories within the mediums of comics and animation.

Participants will experience surreal cartoons and anime tv shows/films that transport them beyond their own reality - to a place that only cartoons can reach. Then they'll breakdown the different elements of comics and animation by learning how they are made, including world building, narrative creation, character design, storyboarding, medium exploration, and much more. 

Learn more about his residency at: madisonbubbler.org/artist-in-residence-rodney-lambright

The Artist-in-Residence program, connecting artists to the community and the community to artists, is funded by Scooter Software, Inc


OPEN STUDIOS:

Tuesdays from 5-7pm: January 8, 15, 29 and February 5, 12, 26 
Saturdays from 1-3pm:  January 5, 12, 19 and February 2, 16

No registration necessary. All ages welcome!
Stop into the Bubbler Room to learn more about Rodney Lambright II - illustrator, animator, and writer extraordinaire. He will be present to share his work and lead patrons through ongoing projects that help develop unique stories within the mediums of comics and animation.


WORKSHOPS:

Character Design and World Building Workshop
Thursday, January 17 from 6-8pm - Bubbler Room
Max 25 participants; ages 14+. 

Join artist-in-residence, Rodney Lambright II in this interactive hybrid workshop incorporating both drawing and writing as participants are encouraged to create and discover characters both individually and in small groups. Follow along with engaging exercises that will result in unique, out-side-the-box creatures, worlds, and their connections to one another.
No experience needed, registration required. Register


Animation Film Study Workshop (w/ co-facilitator David Beasley)
Friday, January 26 from 1-3pm - Bubbler Room
Max 30 participants; ages 14+.

This unique workshop led by artist-in-residence, Rodney Lambright II offers the opportunity to watch and explore the planning and creativity behind some of the films and animations that first inspired him. Participants will be let through this workshop with specific writing and drawing prompts, followed by a group discussion co-facilitated by David Beasley. Register


Process of Animation Workshop
Saturday, February 9 from 1:00-2:30pm - Bubbler Room
No registration necessary. All ages welcome!

Dive into the world of animation in its most basic form with artist-in-residence, Rodney Lambright II. All are welcome to join us in the Bubbler Room for drawing, doodling, and exploring different ways to tell stories through characters, dialogue, and movement.


Animation Film Study Workshop (w/ co-facilitator David Beasley)
February 23 from 1-3pm in the Bubbler Room

Max 30 participants; ages 14+.

This unique workshop led by artist-in-residence, Rodney Lambright II offers the opportunity to watch and explore the planning and creativity behind some of the films and animations that first inspired him. Participants will be let through this workshop with specific writing and drawing prompts, followed by a group discussion co-facilitated by David Beasley. Register


ABOUT THE ARTIST

Rodney Lambright II is an illustrator, animator, and writer whose main focus is storytelling. Rodney graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Art and Communication Arts (TV, Radio, and Film,) but would still consider most of the skills he’s obtained as an artist as self taught, as school served more as a place that sparked his mind to further investigate his craft. Currently he works as an Animator and Producer at Wisconsin Public TV where he has worked on several animated shorts, documentaries, and more recently video games. He has always gravitated to cartoons; using it as a vehicle to express honest narratives that expand beyond the reality that we see in front of us.


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