As an illustrator and animator for over 15 years, Jerrell Conner has spent the last decade in the video game, television, and film industries. While navigating his way up the food chain, he’s been honing, expanding, and diversifying his skill set.
Starting in the gaming industry in 2002, Jerrell landed a position as an illustrator in the pre-production department at Electronic Arts creating storyboards and animatics. He eventually moved on to develop and pitch his own game projects. Currently, he is working as a specialized illustrator to help develop and brand a well known gaming corporation known as Machinima.
His first venture into television was illustrating opening show graphics for MTV. His talents attracted the interest of other companies, and eventually Jerrell was approached to develop concept art for several new animated shows being pitched at the time. This included character, creature, prop, and background designs paired with world building development and exploration.
Along the way, Jerrell found a second home within the comic and apparel industries. He created his own Graphic Novel mini series Revelations & The Red R in addition to working with other comic creators and writers on separate endeavors. In the world of apparel, he’s illustrated for major brands such as Disney and Tankfarm where he created hundreds of original designs. Many of his designs went on to become top sellers at Nordstrom’s and Pac Sun.
Film has always been a passion of Jerrell’s since his childhood, and over the course of his early career he ventured into film from three primary paths. First as a concept artist through character design, storyboards, animatics, and animations. This created an opportunity to be brought on board as the illustrator for limited engagement special film events at IMAX. Secondly through directing, producing, and creating music videos and short films. Finally as a writer through creating his own graphic novel series “The Red R”, consulting, and co-writing other projects.
Having worked on both short and feature length, live-action and animated projects, Jerrell seeks to maintain a balance as he passionately walks the line between the creative and production departments. Currently, he is the Executive Vice President and Chief Officer of Design, Art, and Animation for Epitrope Media Enterprises, Inc.. With his past and current accomplishments he continues to further diversify his skill set without sacrificing any others, but rather keeping that crucial balance throughout the ever growing and expanding path his journey is on.