Hello hello! My name is Elizabeth Hopwood, but call me Lizzie! I'm super excited to be part of the team here at Innovelore.
I grew up in the Phoenix area but recently finished my education at DePaul University in Chicago, earning my B.F.A. in Animation for Cinema! Even though I loved living in the city, being far from home helped me appreciate the unique beauty of the West and the enormous impact it had on my creative work when I was younger.
As "the art kid" among my family and friends, I originally dreamed of being a writer or cartoonist and took plenty of inspiration from the fantasy novels and newspaper comics that I devoured. My days were spent drawing dragons, writing about socially-awkward unicorns, and coming up with tragic backstories for my Neopets. My actual pets were a huge source of inspiration for me as well, and even today my favorite things to draw are goofy-looking animals in predicaments.
Humor is an integral part of the stories that I tell, no matter the setting or genre. I was raised to see the world through an absurdist's eye and this has simultaneously been the best and worst thing to ever happen to me.
It wasn't until high school that I made the connection between my love for both art and storytelling with animation. I could do BOTH at the SAME TIME. What a mind-blowing concept! I worked hard to learn as much as I could about animation and story development during college; I have some experience with 3D and stop-motion but fell in love with the endless possibilities of traditional hand-drawn animation and have been improving my skills ever since.
My hobbies include reading, going on long (semi-aimless) walks, hoarding graphic novels, and sculpting original characters out of clay. I am fascinated by movies, dead malls, giraffes, and all things paranormal! And while drawing and animating, I'm probably listening to a fast-paced Drum and Bass mix or a quippy film review.
Thanks for stopping by, and remember to always find reasons to laugh! As a wise stuffed tiger once said: "I suppose if we couldn't laugh at things that don't make sense, we couldn't react to a lot of life."