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Crystal "Tala" Austen2D Animator + Character Designer
Otis College Alum
Based in San Francisco, CA
Currently Available For Work
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Crystal "Tala" Austen
Character Designer / 2D animator
Pronouns: They/Them or He/Him
Nonbinary Queer Artist
My name is Crystal "Tala" Austen and I am a California born Animator, Visual Development Artist, and Character Designer! I recently graduated from Otis College in Los Angeles, CA, receiving my Bachelors in Fine Arts- Animation after 4 great years!My passion is- and always has been- telling stories that people can see themselves in, regardless of who they are. Representation of all kinds is very important to me given my identity, so one of my major passions is creating characters that are loved by a wide range of people!When I'm not animating or drawing, I'm listening to music, daydreaming, playing video games, and wandering around San Francisco.Connect with me!
Fall 2022/Spring 2023Sushi Shop- Two animal burglars sneak into a sushi shop, but quickly find out the owner has certain ways of dealing with criminals.
Fall 2022Various re-animated shots of the Spongebob Episode
A collection of various projects I have developed.
The Lost Worlds
(2024 - present)
I was hired to help a small team design characters as well as create turnarounds, expression sheets, and pose sheets of various pre-designed characters and characters designed by me.
Nox (Noir Cat Game)
I was put on a team to work on character concepts and merch ideas for our game, Nox. I had to follow a strict lighting design for the cat when drawing its poses, as well as follow prompts for the human character designs. These went through many passes before we came to the final designs and sent them to our 3D modeling team.
Sushi Shop FIlm
A pair of robbers- Fox and Raccoon- break into a sushi shop as its closed. But when the owner comes back earlier than expected, they realize there are consequences to their actions.
This project was the first large-scale animated piece I've done. Ive had done shorts in the past, but those lasted anywhere from 30 seconds to 1 minute- this one was a bit of a beast, landing at around 4 minutes with animation, sound design, full backgrounds, a script, and character designs all from scratch.
"Band Geeks" Reanimate
Over the course of the Fall 2022 Semester, I was tasked under Otis Instructor Lexi Vay to animate 6 shots for the Spongebob Episode "Band Geeks." I opted on redesigning and re-animating them in a more unique, exaggerated style.
Working on this project was a welcome change, as this was developed at the same time as my final film, Sushi Shop. This project consisted of nice, shorter animated segments which I found fit my development style a lot better at the time. Along with that, the weird exaggerated style was fun to draw and work with- stretching the anatomy of Spongebob and friends to help me stand out in the final episode was a fun challenge!
Full Reanimate Episode:
Lawnmower Short (2021)
Its a nice Summer day, and a man decides to rant out his frustrations while mowing his lawn. However, his neighbor takes notice and tries to make small talk.
Over the Spring of 2021, I was given the chance to animate anything I wanted in a 30-60 second time-frame. I decided to animate to a Markiplier clip, as it showed good character interaction and acting as a final piece.
This project was the first fully animated project I had done for college and I'm still very proud of it. Working by myself in developing this short was a bit stressful, but it was also extremely rewarding to see it all come together alongside my professor. Being able to use the criticism she gave me to constantly improve the project was essential to the completion of the short.
Soft Fuzzy Man (2019)
For my first proper animation class, I was tasked with creating and animating a character all semester. I wanted something cartoony and simple so I didn't put too much work on myself, but complex enough to make compelling animations. Thus, "Soft Fuzzy Man" was born!
Gift animation including my friends character and my own.
Quick fan-animation for a different Youtube Series- ENA.
Most viewed animation; Introducing my characters Vinny and Violet.
Why I havent Uploaded...
Short Animation telling my viewers why I hadn't posted in a humorous manner.
All Eyes On Me
Animation including an early design of Violet, as well as some vague backstory.
Mini animation that I made after being at California College of the Arts' Summer Animation program.