[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1366069047&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4018564&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1366069047 type=script]GADSDEN, Ala. (WIAT)- It’s the stroke of a pencil, and the furious rubbing of an eraser. Paper being slid onto an easel. These are the sounds of Zachary Noah, a cartoon animator currently studying at Gadsden State Community College. His hallmark character is troublesome feline named Cameron Cat. “He’s taken it from its simplest form, where you’re basically drawing things on paper, transferring it to transparencies, and taking lots of pictures of it,” explains Dawn Beck, owner of “My Masterpiece”, an art studio where Noah will begin teaching classes in June. “He’s actually had to draw things repetitively with the arms and legs and bodies in different positions.”
Those same sounds that bring Cameron Cat to life, used to be a means of communication for Noah. He has a form of autism, and was non-verbal until he was two years old. He learned how to use visual images to speak his mind at a young age. “I was spending the night at my great-grandmothers, and I wrote a note to her that said, ‘I want a drink of water,'” he explains. That communication evolved into a passion for art. “It’s really fun and very creative,” he says.
Sharing his gift with others is a dream come true for Noah. “I’m going to be teaching others how to draw existing cartoon characters like Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse, etc.,” he says while in the process of drawing the carrot eating rabbit. “If Zach couldn’t be an inspiration to people, I don’t know who could be,” says Beck. If you would like to sign up for one of Noah’s classes, the information is listed below:
WHAT: Cartoon Animation classes with Zachary Noah
WHEN: Classes start on June 3, 2013 from 4:30-6:00pm
WHERE: My Masterpiece (410 South 3rd Street in Gadsden)
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call (256) 312-7617