Flame Artist / Lead Compositor
Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, Blake studied Radio/Television and Business at Indiana University, and at the encouragement of his professors, he left for Los Angeles soon after graduating in 1998. Although broadcast and film were his main passions, he landed as a temp at Warner Bros., where his first professional graphic design assignments were for print projects. His next break came from Post Logic Studios, which hired him as a runner before eventually involving him in animation and VFX
assignments. Two years later, he joined Fuel/Razorfish as an animator, which carried him through 2001, when Brand New School brought him on as an animator and Flame artist. Over the next six years, Blake worked hand-in-hand with directors and designers on major spots for Chase, Jeep, Toyota and many others, while also serving as VFX
supervisor on live-action shoots, and teaching After Effects at New York University. Blake was named a VFX
artist for Charlex in New York in 2007, where he extended his experiences supporting leading directors and creatives and applied his talents to many ambitious projects, including Charlex’s animation/VFX
showcase entitled “ShapeShifter.” To date, Blake’s artistry has garnered BDA
Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards, as well as the AIGA
Certificate of Excellence. In 2011, he returned to Brand New School as Flame artist and lead compositor.