My name is Jessica French (JFrench for short) and I have a degree in animation from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Like most children that I know, I grew up watching animated movies and cartoons. Unlike a lot of these kids though, I never quite seemed to grow out of it. By the time I was in high school and I still knew the words to almost every Disney song by heart, I knew this was the career I was going to pursue.
To me, animation has always been something magical. "The illusion of life” as it was called by classic Disney animators is what really attracts me to animation. My interest ultimately lies in characters and how they are created. It is almost mind blowing to me that a still image on paper (or more often these days on a computer screen) can take on a life of its own through the magic of animation.
My work has always been about the exploration of character. I am always striving to create that illusion of life that I admire so much. I like to make people feel something with my art, whether that feeling is happiness, sadness, or laughter. If I can make someone feel something for a drawing, then that character becomes alive and I can finally feel that I have created some magic of my own.
"Animation is not the art of drawings that move but the art of movements that are drawn."
- Norman McLaren