Aaron Loeb Interview - Armchair Empire

Aaron Loeb Interview

Aaron Loeb is an Animator working for gameforge. He is one fine animator, who knows the ins and outs of animation design, and can probably conceptualize animations in his sleep. One other trivia bit about him, he is the younger brother of famous singer Lisa Loeb.

Aaron got his first crack at working in animation when he became an understudy for legendary Spiderman creator Stan Lee. It was during this time that Aaron sharpened his skill so much so that he impressed the very picky Stan Lee with the output he produced. During workshops, Aaron would complete the required lab exercises then move on to do more complex animations not even the lecturer knows how to do it.

In short, Aaron is a natural born artist, specifically in the realm of animation. He has that gift, that flair. Anything he touches becomes an instant hit. He’s got the “Midas’ Touch”, anything he touches turns into gold. Some people work hard to become the best in their chosen field. Aaron, on the other hand, makes it seem effortless. Like he was born with it.

Here are a few good points we picked up from him during our short interview session.

NA: Hi there, Aaron. It’s nice of you to join us. What convinced you to go into animation?

AL: Well, to be honest, I never really thought about it a lot. I mean, from a young age, I already knew what I wanted to do. It might have helped that my father, the late Andrew Loeb was also into animation. He was my first mentor. I emulate his every stroke. Like they say, imitation is the best form of flattery. But he was my idol. I mean he IS my idol. He taught me a lot of the things I have mastered. I learned more from him than four years in multimedia classes. It didn’t take much convincing from him to let me get into his world. I was hooked from the first day I learned.

NA: That is a great story. I’m sure he is so proud of you, watching over you from above. Among today’s best animators, who do you look up to?

AL: There are a lot of great animators around us. There is no shortage of supply in that department. But yeah, I have a lot of influence from other people I’ve worked with in the past, especially when I was just getting my feet wet. I consider myself lucky because we are all spoiled beyond belief. We have all sorts of gizmos and widgets and gadgetry at our disposal. It makes it so much easier for us to do our jobs. And for this we should be thankful.

NA: What advice would you give aspiring animators?

AL: Well, my advice to aspiring animators is, keep practicing your skills. Think of it this way, your skills are like weapons you have, like in a game. If you don’t use it and don’t sharpen it, it will become dull and useless. So, practice, practice and then practice some more until you are at the point where you can confidently say, I can run with the best of them. And this will happen if you work hard enough. I know this to be true because this happened to me as well.

NA: If you could time travel back in the past, would you change anything, and what, if you answered yes to the first question?

AL: Wow, that is some futuristic stuff you’re pulling on me, man. But, no. I wouldn’t change a single thing. I’m happy the way I turned out. Talk about contentment.