About Joe Murray

Joe Murray has been a professional artist from the age of 16, working as a newspaper political cartoonist, illustrator for advertising and magazines, children's book illustrator and author, as well as an animator for independent films, commercials and as the creator of two animated series on major cable networks: Rocko's Modern Life and Camp Lazlo. He has run his own business for 30 years and is the recipient of many international illustration, film and entertainment awards including two Prime Time Emmys. Additional studies at UCLA and Art Center College of Design.

Joe Murray recently published the book "Creating Animated Cartoons with Character" through Random House/Watson Guptil.

Joe lives and works in Southern California producing independent films while also mentoring artists and animators through his company artistmentor.org. He also travels internationally as a motivational speaker championing the arts and animation. Visit Joe's website at: joemurraystudio.com.


Here's what previous students had to say about Joe as an Instructor:

"There aren't very many opportunities to be mentored by someone who has culturally changed the world for the better through artistic expression and a willingness to elevate and teach others. That's why Joes' animation classes are the rarest of opportunities to touch upon how you too can change the world with your voice. From an interactive gaming and educational software perspective, I needed that spark to bring my creations to life and this class helped me get to my breakthrough in understanding the connected frameworks within character, story and humor. Joe's class and advice has clearly upped the quality of my work. Thanks Joe."

"I feel like this has been one of the most useful classes I've ever taken. It's the first time I've ever felt sentimental about a class coming to a close. It went by so fast, yet I learned and accomplished so much. Joe, you're a great instructor!"

"The lectures were great; much more entertaining than I usually get at school. If you are considering taking it, and are willing to commit to doing the hard work, take it. The best part is talking directly to Joe. He knows what he's talking about. I found his opinion of my work very valuable, and you can trust that he's going to tell you what you need to hear."

"The video lectures you supplied us with were great. I like the casual attitude you have when talking to a camera too. I also like the way you improvised on the spot when coming up with examples. For an online class, you managed to keep the human connection alive."