Title: Hallmark Production Designer
Date started at Hallmark: 2000
Date started at Keepsakes: 2012
Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri
Jake Angell has lived in Kansas City his entire life, surrounded by the likes of G.I. Joe and He-Man as favored playmates in his childhood. It didn’t take long for Jake to pick up drawing as a hobby, teaching himself illustration between lessons. "In school, classwork was self-paced, so I'd finish my work and just draw all day long."
He studied graphic design in college, eventually learning illustration techniques in his own time that strengthened his passion for art. He’s worked for Hallmark for over a decade, but 2013 was his first year designing Keepsake Ornaments. "After working with packaging and game design for Asteroid Andy and various other products, I kept using and teaching 3-D programs on the side. Finally, I bugged the Keepsake Ornament team long enough for them to say: ok, we'd really like to get Jake up here to try it out!"
Today Jake is stilling trying out new things and dreaming of his favorite characters.
"I've got two kids and it’s really amazing to see my little boy discover all these great characters that I grew up loving, too."
What kind of animal would love to fly but can’t? A penguin!
That’s the image that kept popping into Jake Angell’s head when they were brainstorming new music ornaments and he heard the song “Fly” performed by Sugar Ray.
And how do you help a penguin fly? Well, with a jet pack, of course!
Jake, who usually works with pop culture characters from superheroes to Star Wars™, had a lot of fun coming up with a character that was all his own. And after a bunch of different sketches, his team finally found the one they all loved.
“This was one of the characters I developed, so I was really glad they picked it,” Jake said. “It’s nice to put your own style into it, a refreshing change of pace. He has more of a simple, cute look to him than a lot of the things I do.”
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