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."
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