Stem Stumper Spotlight 2

by Kwasi Mensah

March 30th, 2011

Stem Stumper Spotlight Series

Our series continues with our artist Jennifer Kanis. Just to give you an idea of how much she’s added to the project, here’s Stem Stumper before her:

Stem Stumper before Jen's Awesomeness

Stem Stumper before Jen's Awesomeness

and Stem Stumper after her:

A Current Screenshot from Stem Stumper

A Current Screenshot from Stem Stumper

 

Jennifer Kanis, Artiste Extraordinaire

Jen’s responsible for the entire look of the game and for most of character names. She especially adores the Angry Acorn. She’s in high demand and has done a great job balancing Stem Stumper work with her super secret projects. You can find her on twitter @drawnontwos

Jen's Self Portrait

Jen's Self Portrait

Jennifer Kanis is an animator living in Boston Massachusetts. Completely obsessed with New England, she is constantly reminded of how some of the worlds most creative, intelligent and talented people have been born here. Known for four distinct seasons, maple syrup, lighthouses, pine trees, chickadees, candy mansions and sea salty attitudes, all of which influence her work as an animator.

Candy, cats and Devo it’s really all you need to know about her.

1) What’s your favorite game that you think no one’s every heard of?

Threads of Fate Screenshot

Threads of Fate Screenshot

I love Threads of Fate. Threads of Fate was a PS1 Game also known as Dew Prism. Released by good ol’ Squaresoft it was one and still is one of my top favorite games. If this gem didn’t exist you probably wouldn’t have seen the gameplay that Kingdom Hearts had to offer. It features two separate story-lines with 17-22 hours of game play each story. The story is what kept me playing  as few times the game play was repetitive. Also the music by Junya Nakano was a pleasure to listen to.

2) What’s your favorite thing to do outside of game development?

I love camping. There is nothing like sleeping outside, waking up early to hear deer walk through your campsite and swimming in a fresh water lake. I love what the National and State Forest Systems have to offer people. To quote Wallace Stegner on our parks system: “…it can be a means of reassuring ourselves of our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope.” Everyone should enjoy nature even if it’s just a walk in the local park.

The Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors

3) One interesting fact that you want the Stem Stumper fanbase to know.

I love animation. I love people who love animation. I love learning new techniques and information about animation. Every animator I have met in the past 1.5 years are amazing people who share information and ideas though their craft. I’m always learning and being shown new things. I’m grateful.

Camping picture taken from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Petkel_camping.JPG

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