Artists

Renee Carty

Renee Carty
Renee Carty, a Bay Area native, helped animate The Crude, The Bad, The Ugly. She visited Walt Disney World in Florida when she was nine years old, where she saw an animation demonstration for the first time. From that day on, she knew animation was what she wanted to do. In addition to helping ninjas, Renee likes to start book clubs, paint outside, and dance.

Jeanie Chang

Jeanie Chang

Jeanie developed the Green Ninja logo, designed and developed the initial website and worked on content development. Jeanie studied Animation/Illustration student at SJSU. Her interests expand across a broad range of the arts and crafts. She loves learning and making things.

Marty Cooper

Marty Cooper

Marty designed and produced Footprint Renovation as an Animation/Illustration student at SJSU. Since he was a kid growing up in Menlo Park, CA, he has always had a fascination with cartoons. Watching classic cartoons by Chuck Jones, Tex Avery, and all of Disney's legends has ingrained a love for the animated medium. Since then, Marty has been inspired by more traditional and experimental directors like Spike Jonze, Martin Scorsese, Brad Bird, and Terry Gilliam. Marty is currently working as a storyboard artist in the feature animated film industry.

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Michael Fong

Michael Fong

Michael designed and produced Supermarket Showdown. Michael recently got a degree in drawing from San Jose State University, but he has been drawing since a young age. When he wasn't drawing he was usually riding his bike and occasionally he was eating or sleeping. Nowadays, Michael lives quietly meditating on the lessons of the Green Ninja.

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Michelle Ikemoto

Michelle Ikemoto

Michelle designed and produced What's the Bag Deal? and Freight Debate. She began drawing at a young age and consumed any animated media she could get her hands on, which eventually led her to SJSU's Animation/Illustration program. During her studies she collaborated with faculty and peers on a variety of creative projects, including various independent animated films and the Green Ninja project. She's also fond of musicals and cultivating her comic book collection. With her focus in animation and storyboarding, Michelle hopes to continue collaborating with other inspiring artists to reach people through entertainment. Michelle is currently a lecturer in SJSU's Animation/Illustration program.

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Joelle Murray

Joelle Murray

Joelle designed and produced Re-user Cruiser. She has been drawing since the age of two, and grew up designing her own characters with written stories to go along with them. She discovered that animation blended her two favorite things together: story telling and characters, so she decided to become a student of the Animation/ Illustration program. She grew up on cartoons and video games and knew she wanted to involved in them as a career. Some of her greatest inspirations are Hayao Miyazaki, Kingdom Hearts, Cirque du Soleil, Disney, different cultures, music, her dreams, and sweets. She is also a dancer and has an obsession with cupcakes. She is currently learning how to rollerblade.

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Erin Schleupner

Erin Schleupner
Erin Schleupner was an Animation Co-Lead for Footprint Renovations, Visual Development Lead on For Goodness Rake, and the artist behind the backgrounds for Foam on the Range and The Baiting Game. She grew up in the East Bay and has been interested in the arts for as long as she can remember. When she discovered there was a degree for Animation/Illustration at SJSU, she jumped on board immediately and graduated in 2012. In addition to her professional work, she enjoys drawing and painting her own personal projects in her spare time. Currently, Erin is working as a 2D artist at Storm8, a mobile gaming company. She creates characters, props and environments while learning and growing amongst other creative individuals.

Aden Scott

Aden Scott

Aden designed and produced The Green Prix, For Goodness Rake, and animated on The Crude, the Bad and the Ugly. He grew up in Hayward, CA, and was raised on Super Mario Brothers and The Simpsons. He started drawing comic strips for his friends in the first or second grade, and continues to do so. His three biggest influences are Matt Groening (Life in Hell, The Simpsons, Futurama,) Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo,) and Jeff Smith (Bone, Rasl.) Aden is a San Jose State graduate, and is currently employed as an animator at Disney Interactive and as an independent comic artist.

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John Kleckner

John Kleckner
John is an animator and story artist, born and raised in California. John was the animation lead for The Flushing, and also animated on Karbon Kombat, Iron Green Chef, and Dumpster Diver. When he's not drawing, John likes to recycle, play video games, and pet dogs.

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Fiona Herse Woo

Fiona Herse Woo
Fiona did backgrounds for the Green Ninja episodes Freight Debate and American Idle. Graduating from San Jose State's Animation/Illustration program in 2010, she works as a concept artist in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since she was young, Fiona has always cared about the Earth and the way that people treat the environment around them. When she isn't drawing, Fiona is spending time out doors or with her nose in a book.

Emily Chen

Emily Chen
Emily Chen animated and directed Green Ninja’s "The Phantom Flush", and "For Goodness Rake". She was born in San Jose, but finished her education at an International school in Taiwan. There, she was raised on lots of Miyazaki films as well as the Simpsons, although she had to watch those through pre-recorded VHS’s. Her passion for animation led her back to the States at SJSU's Animation Program. Since graduation, she has helped release two mobile games at JuiceBox Games (HonorBound, StormBorn) and is currently working at Sony Playstation as an animator. Other than animating, she loves to play games on any platforms and then animate more on personal work.

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Arturo Miramontes

Arturo Miramontes
Arturo Miramontes is a recent graduate from San Jose State University’s Animation/Illustration program. Currently, he works as both a part time illustrator and full time 3-D animator at the Defense Language Institute in Seaside, CA. Arturo also works as a freelance illustrator and character designer who’s had some experience working on projects for major corporations such as Adobe and United Airlines. Arturo had always shared a love and passion for teaching. He has taught beginning guitar and piano as well as cartooning via private lessons and through community centers in San Jose and Santa Clara. He has also worked with Digital Media Academy (DMA, a summer tech camp) for the past three summers. Arturo has been in the role of both lead teaching assistant and instructor for DMA’s animation and graphic design courses. Aside from animating and working with students, Arturo enjoys playing guitar and piano, is a passionate fan of comic books and Star Wars, and is currently developing an original comic.

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Natalie Corsie

Natalie Corsie
Natalie worked on animation for the episodes "Karbon Kombat" and "Tissue Issue", as well as provided conceptual ideas for Season 2 of the Green Ninja Show. She is an animator and illustrator who was born and raised in the California Bay Area. In addition to her appreciation for art and design, Natalie is also passionate about environmental conservation. In her free time she loves to paint, cook, read, and spend time with her friends and family.

Emily Little

Emily Little
Emily worked as the story artist on "The Flushing," "Interview with the AMPire" and participated in conceptual discussions for Season 3. She is a recent grad from San Jose State's Animation/Illustration program. She has experience in working for non-profit educational programs like Art in Action, as a graphic designer for the phone app called Videokits, and as a story artist and animator for Adobe. Emily grew up in the Bay Area, in city known for it's beautiful Oak trees. She would like more places to have natural beauty like that, so she joined the Green Ninja team to make her contribution. As far back as she can remember, Emily has always loved drawing. She also loves stories in all their forms. As a kid she watched Disney movies, saw musicals and plays, and marveled at illustrated books. Nowadays she expresses this love through her storyboards. When she takes a break from drawing, she can be found watching movies, checking out blogs, jogging, reading, sitting in coffee shops, and hanging out with friends, family, and pets.

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