We share the same first name, I go by Kenny, it just sounds friendlier. I first started drawing when I was very young. Having a full house of artist helps. My older brothers and sisters would draw and I'd mimic them. My mother was an art major at Ohio State. My early years I always loved Disney cartoons, but as I grew older I loved the work of The Masters - Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rubins [[NOTE: I think he is referring to Peter Paul Rubens]] even Norman Rockwell.The Masters work seemed to be so well rounded in art - drawing, painting and sculpting. That's my approach to art. know all you can and learn all you can, then you become more valuable in your field.
I was always a very hard worker in whatever I happened to be doing. Growing up in Cleveland I just couldn't find any good cartooning places, so I came to California to learn and hopefully work for Disney in 1979. My first job in California was making salads and sandwiches at 20th Century Fox, I did this for about 2 years but I never gave up on my goal, and that was to work for Disney. I drew every day at the park or wherever I was to polish my drawings and get more action into my drawings. Eric Larson - one of Disney's Nine Old Men saw my stuff and told me of Cal Arts School built by Disney teaching animation. After 3 tries I was accepted and headed to Cal Arts for 4 years to polish my skills.It was hard work but I enjoyed every minute of it. It's great being around students who all share the same goals.. Disney or just animation. After I graduated Disney was not hiring so I found work elsewhere I worked on such shows as Real Ghostbusters, KissyFur, Littles, Dennis, Get Along Gang and ALF. It was a great time but it wasn't where I wanted to be. This before Disney had Disney Afternoon but when it arrived on the scene I was there. Winnie the Pooh, Rescue Rangers, Darkwing, Tail Spin and the fun goes on. Keep being creative and keep drawing.
You can check out Kenny on the IMDB here.