Location

Los Angeles, CA

Biography

Ricky De Los Angeles (yup that is his real last name), grew up on California's Central coast, indulging in good ol' 90s cartoons and movies.

His creative career took off as a caricature artist, drawing at state fairs and private events and winning a few awards from ISCA (International Society of Caricature Artists) along the way. After landing a character artist role at Disney Consumer Products, he produced artwork that is seen on Disney merchandise around the globe. Some highlights include illustrating the “Coco” book; ‘Miguel and the Amazing Alebrijes,’ designing the cover art for Fall 2020 issue of D23 Magazine, and leading the merchandise character art for “Soul” and upcoming, “Encanto” from Disney Animation.

He's currently at Nickelodeon Animation, as a character designer on 'The Casagrandes.'

Outdoor sketching, coffee sipping, and bicycling are some fun past times of his.

Experience

Character Designer

Nickelodeon Animation

Burbank, CA · March 2021 – Present

'The Casagrandes' animated series

Character Artist

Disney Products, Games, and Publishing

Glendale, CA · March 2014 – March 2021

Character Designer - freelance

Disney Television Animation

Glendale, CA · March 2014 – March 2014

2D Animator

WayForward Technologies

Santa Clarita, CA · Nov 2013 – Mar 2014

Storyboard Artist / 2D Animator - freelance

Heredia Designs

Santa Clarita, CA · Oct 2013 – Nov 2013

Caricature Artist

The California Boys

State Fairs · Aug 2013 – Sept 2013

2D Animator

Walt Disney Co.

Glendale, CA · May 2013 – July 2013

Animator on short film, "Steamboat Willie Redux"

Character Designer - part time

Bento Box Entertainment

Mar 2013 – Apr 2013

Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts: Character Animation

California Institute of the Arts

Santa Clarita, CA · 2005 – 2009

Awards
2012 Rookie of the Year(Best Newcomer) , International Society of Caricature Artists
2012 Best Black and White Technique , International Society of Caricature Artists
2012 8th Place out of Top 10 Caricaturists of the Year , International Society of Caricature Artists
Exhibitions
2020 Heartwork (Group / Auction), TargetHouse, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
2020 WonderPets 2 (Group), Leanna Lin’s Wonderland, Eagle Rock, CA
A pet centered art show where proceeds were donated to benefit HomeDog LA.
2019 WonderPets (Group), Leanna Linn’s Wonderland, Eagle Rock, CA
A pet centered art show where proceeds were donated to benefit HomeDog LA.
2018 Doggy Pile: A Deck of Dapper Dogs Show (Group), Gallery Nucleus, Alhambra, CA
2018 Dames: A Visual Tribute To The Women Who Inspire Us (Group), Leanna Lin’s Wonderland, Eagle Rock, CA
2018 Ground Zero Animation Expo, Boys and Girls Club, Stanton, CA
Workshop Presenter
2015 Don Bluth Tribute Show, A Little Known Shop (now Fan Alley), Anaheim, CA
2013 ‘Arrested Development’ Tribute Show (Group), Great Over Good Gallery, Santa Ana, CA
2013 Red Dot Auction (Group), Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, Santa Ana, CA
2012 RAW Artists Showcase, El Rey Theater, Los Angeles, CA
Group Show
Clients

Bento Box Entertainment Chewy.com Disney Consumer Products Disney Television Animation Street Virus Heredia Designs House of Cool Studios

Specialties

character design, visual development, illustration, caricature, mascot design, picture book illustration, editorial illustration, story development

Skills

adobe photoshop, adobe illustrator, procreate, inkscape

Elsewhere