Reece is an animation director and illustrator with a robust portfolio and a refreshingly unique perspective. Completely self-taught, with a virtuosic mastery of motion graphics and 2D animation, Reece isn’t your typical animation director. He’s a disciple of the do-it-yourself dogma. A rebel. A renegade. An innovative breaker of rules.
Of course, Reece himself would balk at such descriptions. Because underpinning his ridiculous raw natural talent and unrivaled work ethic is an understated yet undeniable humility. In other words, Reece prefers to let his work do the talking. And talk, it does.
From hand-drawn, painterly animations to gritty, saturated, seriously engrossing motion graphics, there’s something unconventional, almost unadulterated about his style. “Refined scribbling” is how he coins it. But even that falls short in capturing the breadth and depth of both his past work and his miles-high potential. In short, any attempt to pigeonhole Reece’s style into one neatly defined box would be a lesson in futility.
Reece didn’t grow up on cartoons or attend animation school. Instead, he arrived into the world of animation & advertising by way of an unpaid internship at a tech startup. Here, he quickly stepping-stoned from tee shirt design to graphic design to logo design to explainer videos, and eventually, to motion graphics. At every stage along the way, Reece obsessively taught himself everything he knows from scratch, working long hours, fastidiously studying every square inch of animation programs, and figuring out the major players in the industry.
This circuitous background isn’t just impressive for impressive’s sake. It’s a hallmark of who he is as an artist. He’s not restricted by old ways of doing things and doesn’t need to abide by traditional rules. He just makes things happen the way he wants to make them happen. And the result is often completely enthralling.
Perhaps Reece himself sums it up best: “I love what I do. I’m really, really obsessed with it. Something unique about me is that I didn’t fall in love with film and then end up here. I fell in love with THIS. Exactly this. And I want to do this forever.”