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I was born and raised in Chinatown, San Francisco. An avid surfer, I created the first animated surf film "Eternal Sea “in 1969. Inspired to learn the finer art of animation, I moved to Hollywood in 1974 and apprenticed under experienced animators: 1) John Freeman -Disney layout artist and animator- (Lady & The Tramp), 2) Corny Cole -Warner Brothers, (Looney Tunes animator), 3) Duane Crowther (apprentice of Grim Natwick) and UPA key animator on “Chief the Blue Meanies” sequence in the Yellow Submarine movie.
I started my own company in 1978, where I produced and directed animated TV commercials. I won an Emmy for my animated short film "Bean Sprouts" in 1980, a Clio for "Sunkist Orange", best animated television commercial in 1986. I animated "Tarna" in the original animated feature "Heavy Metal", supervised special effects mattes on the original "Tron" 1981. I served as the animation director for Universal Theme Park Ride "T2/3D". I was also the animation director on "Catdog" & "Dora, the Explorer" for Nickelodeon Cartoons.
Most recently, I directed of "Tales of the Maya Skies"; a full dome 3D animated film for Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland. I also teach animation, concept & design, advanced storyboarding, visual storytelling, and life drawing at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and Expression College of Digital Media in Emeryville, CA.
Drawing and Animation has been my life career and my passion, and I am dedicated to pass on this amazing art form to anyone who ever dreamed of being an animator. If you want to learn and become a 4th generation apprentice of Grim Natwick (Designed Betty Boop and animator on Snow White), contact me.
I have taught life drawing, painting, conceptual art, illustration, and drawing classes at the Academy Of Art University of SF, and Expression College of Digital Media in Emeryville.
I won the Graphics award for Art Direction/Design for my "Levi Strauss" poster ads in 1974.
I have been producing and directing animated films, live-action films in Hollywood for the past 35 years. I currently teach filmmaking, visual storytelling, storyboards, & animation at the Academy Of Art University in SF, and Expression College of Digital Media.
I have won an Emmy for my short film "Bean Sprouts", and a CLIO for my animated TV commercial "Sunkist Orange".
Great Tutor & Very Patient — Arne has many fantastic qualities that will work for a student looking to either brush up on skills or learn the fine arts from Arne the tutor. I first met Arne at my school Arne was teaching an animation class. Learning about the 12 principles and applying it to animation. Also we learned about the great animators who paved the way for upcoming animators. I noticed how great Arne was as a teache ...
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