Elmer Earl "Butch" Hartman IV is an American animator, writer, director, producer, illustrator and voice actor, best known for creating the Emmy-winning animated series The Fairly OddParents, Danny Phantom, and T.U.F.F. Puppy. He was born on January 10, 1965 in Highland Park, MI. He is the father of Sophia Hartman and Carly Hartman. Butch attended Anchor Bay High School and later attended California Institute of the Arts.
I have always been intrigued by Butch’s work since his sketches and characters are unique. I first learned about Butch from 2 of my favorite childhood shows: “Danny Phantom” and “Fairly OddParents”. The line drawings of both cartoons are very similar so I immediately began to wonder if the same artist created both of them. I discovered that it was the same illustrator worked on both cartoons. The fact that Butch isn’t only an artist makes his work even more interesting; he brings creativity and more fun to his illustrations and uses a lot of the same techniques that we’ve learned in class this semester.
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