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Walter Parenton

Video editor (Funimation), illustrator

in illustrator, mac, video

Who are you, and what do you do?

Hi! My name is Walter, and I am a video editor at Funimation by day, and an illustrator for the internet at night. I work in the Promotional Video Department at Funimation, where we make the trailers and commercials for the anime we license from Japan, such as Dragon Ball Z and One Piece. In my free time I illustrate, from mobile apps to editorial and clothing brands.

What hardware do you use?

A few years back my MacBook Pro died, along with my external HD, losing everything, so I decided it was a good time to reset and minimize. I bought a new 2015 MacBook Pro, and a Magic Mouse, all of which I am still playing on. I decided to take illustrating seriously, find my style, and start posting work non-stop!

But before I really got into illustrating on the computer, I went through a long journey buying every pen and marker that ever existed, hoping to find the one pen to rule them all and make me a good artist.

After experimenting with all kinds of styles, with all kinds of pens, on all kinds of paper, I came to the conclusion that such a magical tool does not exist. I was also tired of all the steps - sketch, ink, scan, color - so it was then that I decided cut the steps down and just go fully digital. But hey, that's the process, and it's evolved quite a bit over the past 5 years, even as of today!

I do carry one notebook and one pen to draft ideas with. Right now, I am currently using a Montana Acrylic Paint Marker, which mimics how I illustrate on the computer - thick and bold!

And what software?

For software, I nearly use the entire Adobe Creative Suite! Premiere for editing, Photoshop and Illustrator for illustration, and After Effects for motion graphics. Oh, and Adobe Media Encoder to encode videos for online.

Google Drive to upload my work, so I can then download it to my phone and post. Google Keep to make mental notes and pin references.

What would be your dream setup?

My dream setup would be having my studio at The Philip Johnson Glass House. Surrounded by lots of natural light, greenery and quietness.