Jacob Ospa  

Jacob Ospa Bio





Jacob Ospa - Animator, Film Maker

Jacob Ian Ospa, Native, New York was born on July 21, 1986. He began drawing at the age of 3. Beyond scribbles, he could draw famous cartoon characters like Mickey Mouse, Mighty Mouse, Popeye ...just about any by eye.

In school Jacob was the apple of every art teacher's eye with his illustrated reports and art projects. At the ripe young age of 7, Jake won 3rd place in the Grammy Poster contest and was honored at Carnegie Hall along with the other winners of 16.

Jake began attending Saturday art classes for young people at SVA when he was around 9. Around this time, June, Jake's Mom, an SVA alumnus, set up a meeting with Reeves Lehman, the head of the film department of SVA for Jake. It was then and there that Jake made up his mind that this was the place for him, and it stuck.

Jake illustrated a whole series of book called The Simon Series and posters for the National Tourette Syndrome Assocation from the ages of 12-14. They are still being sold.

Jake has designed backdrops for Theatre and has already been freelancing for Hot Diggidy Dog Productions.

In Middle School Jake had a teacher named Mark Sacerdote. He changed Jake's life. He opened the animation portal and the rest is history. Jake had been invited to be part of the Young Animators Program in Brooklyn through Mr. Sacerdote and was quickly invited to appear as a guest speaker screening his early works.

At one of those events, Jake met Don Duga.Jake's mom knew Don from SVA and he invited Jake to enroll in his evening animation course at SVA.

Jake was attending college at the age of 15. In Don's class Jake began many short films including "Welcome To Tourettaville", where he met and turned Grammy winner Dr. John into a chararater named The Big Bleeper.

During this time Jake was at LaGuardia High School in the Art Department.

Then as planned, Jake got accepted to SVA.  Welcome to Jake's domain!

Jacob's influences include Winsor McCay, Chuck Jones, Bob Clampett, Tex Avery, Rod Scribner, Frank Tashlin, Max and Dave Fleischer, Preston Blair, Bill Watterson, Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, Milt Kahl, John Kricfalusi, Joe Murray, Jeff Smith, Bill Plympton, John Dilworth, Don Duga, Bruce Timm, Jack Kirby, Neal Adams, Elzie Segar, Sylvain Chomet, Brad Bird, Nick Park, Walt Disney, Hayao Miyazaki, Ub Iwerks, Matt and Mike Chapman, Yuri Norshteyn, Joe Shuster