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About Ryan

Ryan McCulloch is an award-winning children’s book illustrator, animator and fine artist.

Ryan serves as the Chief Artist & Designer and Co-Head Writer of Mutasian Entertainment. Since it's conception, Ryan has designed hundreds of original characters and critters inhabiting the island of Mutasia. He has illustrated a number of books in Mutasia’s award-winning children’s book series, including:  Land of Illogical & Utterly Impossible Critters, Figley’s New Favorite Food, The Nib Book, and A Nib Christmas. In spring 2017, he co-authored and illustrated Mutasia’s “#1 New Release” on Amazon, Figley’s Search for the Perfect Pet, followed by the award winning titles: Figley’s Little White Lie in fall 2017 and Figley vs. the Mookling Hat in 2018. Additionally, Ryan worked on the production of Mutasia’s first animated special, The Mish Mash Bash, and Mutasia’s music album Nature Calls: Songs from Mutasia. On both projects he voices Chadwick, a character that’s a mix of cheetah, elephant, and frog. Ryan also worked on helping develop 12 of the Mutasian characters into stuffed animals!

Ryan is also an award-winning clay-animator whose animations have screened at numerous film festivals, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., HBO, HBO Family, and more. He has produced an educational film for the Partnership for a Drug Free America and environmental commercials in Northern California. Ryan served as Animation Producer for Tertiary Productions, developing animated advertisements and the web series, Fox & Calf. 

In 2019 Ryan created his own curriculum, “How To Draw Cartoon Characters,” and has taught hundreds of kids all over the country his best kept secrets with his live, virtual classes ever since! He opens up new introductory classes 3 times a year.

Ryan graduated from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco with a BFA in Traditional Illustration, and studied art and art history at the Scuola Lorenzo De’ Medici in Florence, Italy. He lives in Nashville, TN with his wife, two kids, and grumpy dog.

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