Visual Development Art, Production Art & Illustration
My name is Joel Parod and I'm a Los Angeles based artist working as a Concept Designer, Visual Development artist and Background Painter on animated features , shorts, and commercials since 1996.
I began to work as a freelance illustrator while still attending San Jose State University and continued to do so after graduation as I was transitioning into a career in animation at the Learning Company, an educational software company. In 1996 I was accepted into an internship/training program at Warner Brothers Feature Animation where I was trained in traditional background painting with real paint, resulting in my work on the Quest for Camelot and The Iron Giant, as well as concept and visual development art for Osmosis Jones.
After that, I worked at a variety of studios such as Stan Lee Media, ACME Filmworks, Warner Brothers TV and WildBrain. From 2002 to 2007 I worked in the wild world of animated commercials in just about all aspects of production as an art director, co-director, animator, editor, painter, or all of them combined for clients such as United Airlines, Microsoft, Charmin, CVS and more.
From 2007-2014 I was a visual development artist on the Tinker Bell franchise at DisneyToon Studios, where I specialized in painting the character designs from either the 2D drawings or the gray 3D models to inform their final look in color and texture. I also painted environments, color scripts, props, illustrations, posters and publicity art for the films.
From there I went on to Original Force 3D Animation where I designed and painted sets and props and painted the characters from the gray 3D models on Duck Duck Goose, Ten Lives (canceled) and OldZilla (canceled).
From 2018 to 2020 I worked on SCOOB! at Warner Animation Group as a visual development artist painting color keys, sets, characters, and a few props, some of which I designed.
Currently I'm working on Space Jam 2 at Warner Animation Group as a Concept Artist and Background Painter.
I love to be creative in one way or another through painting, sketching, photography and creating music.