Websites: Fantagi Studios, Fantagi Studios - Doodlecast
Bio: Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 3rd, 1977, Hektor Thillet developed an early fascination for art and its many different sides. He studied the arts all throughout his early education, meanwhile earning medals, various honors and high recognition among the best artists and students of his home town, Vega Alta, PR all before graduating high school in 1995. Hektor's interests lied in animation which was nurtured by large influential animation studios like Walt Disney Feature Animation and its recent projects at the time; Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and his favorite The Lion King.
His artistic style was soon influenced in a big way by works that were far from Disney's utopian ideals and, more raw like in Japanese Anime. Soon after entering a four-year degree program in Media Arts & Animation at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in Florida USA, Hektor began to broaden his horizons with styles and influences far more reminiscient of his own subtleties as an artist. He was most inspired by the works of reknown Japanese director-animator Hayao Miyazaki. This is where Hektor's new way of looking at animation as a medium for storytelling came from. Earlier anime itself had a major impact on the aspiring student. Anime like Sailor Moon, Windaria, and Robot Carnival's - Presense were but just a few of the ideas that pumped up Hektor's own work during the early days in animation college.
Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's Kiki's Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, Grave of the Fireflies, Princess Mononoke, and most of all Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, are to this day his biggest influences to create a new style all his own, but still reflect the always present masterworks of this animators.