084: Intersection: Shen Ramu, Animator

In the previous episode, we met Caroline Duffy who spoke with us about the textile design industry, how her involvement in an artistic community is life-giving and the joys and challenges of working for oneself. She also reminded us to get out into nature for a healthy dose of inspiration and today’s guest agrees.

Allow me to officially introduce you to today’s guest: Shen Ramu.

Shen Ramu, born and raised in Toronto, is an Illustrator and Designer working in the Canadian Animation Industry. Since graduating from the Animation Bachelor’s Degree program at Sheridan in 2012, she’s been designing characters, props, and locations for various animated kids’ television series. These include Paw Patrol, Justin Time, and Disney T.V. shows such as Jake and the Neverland Pirates and Star and the Forces of Evil. Shen has worked locally for studios in Toronto as well as in Ottawa and now works with clients all over the world from the UK to South Korea to Israel. Her artistic goal is to create bright, happy images for kids to enjoy. Children, animals, and nature are heavily featured in her personal work, each image telling a story through expressive visuals. Shen loves border collies, jazz music, and that her work in animation keeps her young at heart!

In our conversation, Shen and I discuss how she continues to refine and redefine her style, how she keeps herself inspired and the tools she uses to create her work.

Key Ideas Discussed:

  • Works in animation

  • She likes creating the scenes and the characters more than just making the characters move