Annie Poon | Oh Puppy!

Annie Poon | Oh Puppy!

2017-08-18T13:19:44+00:00February 13th, 2013|Guest Bloggers|

I met Annie Benac Poon nearly fifteen years ago when she arrived in New York to pursue her dream of becoming an artist. In the interview below, she talks about her dream as well as her latest book Puppy's Super Delicious Valentine's Day Biscuits starring Puppy a dog who is in love with Miss Duck. Puppy first broke onto the scene in 2009 when Fred Flare started publishing Oh Puppy!, Puppy's weekly escapades of love and adventure in the Big Apple.  What I love most about Annie's work is that she does what she does to make people happy.  Enjoy!


Tell us in a nutshell what it is you do and why you do it?
I make short animations from cut-paper that make people laugh and smile.  I do it because I think making people happy is just as important as any other issue.

Why do you use cut paper?
I use cut paper because paper and scissors were my favorite toy as a kid.  Paper is blank slate, cheap, and full of mystery with potential to become anything.

How did you come to art?  Was it always a dream of yours, were you guided to it by a mentor, what was your path?
My mom is very artistic and used to take me to the Metropolitan Museum of art as a kid.  For me, art was always epic.  I was a serious painter for many years until my husband suggested I do something more gleeful that suited my fun loving personality. I changed to paper animation in the last semester of art school and it was a thrilling switch.

What role does dreaming play in your work now?
A lot of my work comes from remembering my childhood daydreams.  I like to identify things I was obsessed with as a kid, such as the baking without recipes, and then I bring those fantasies to the next level by rolling out the red carpet and re-enacting them in animation.

What are you most excited about at the moment?
Right now I am most excited by my daily doodles about love.  Puppy and Miss Duck are little play-actors who enact my observations in a regular Facebook feed.

What are some of your favorite experiences of people coming into contact with your work?
My favorite experiences are definitely when people are inspired by my work to try something different.  For example, I have met college students who were prompted to try their hand at animation for the first time, and now get fan mail drawings from children learning to draw Puppy and Duckie.

What role does your audience play as you create?
Actually when I approach my worktable I try to think only of myself and what I am curious about.  It can be dangerous to mind what other people might think or say when you are just trying to play.

What advice would give others who have artistic or creative dreams?
Start with a tiny goal and work steadily on it.  Lately I compare myself to a tortoise just plodding along but always moving in the right direction.

What is your dream now as an artist?
My dream is to have all of my animations play together in one venue.  I envision showing them all in a huge space where people can roam from screen to screen.

Where can I get these adorable Valentines?
Why thank you for asking.  You can clink on the images above, or you can click here.

About Annie:
Annie Poon is an artist and animator living in New York City.  She grew up in New Canaan, Connecticut and started cartooning as a kid by illustrating little books in elementary school.  She went on to study painting at the School of Visual Arts but eventually returned to her roots by animating her own characters using paper stop-motion.  Her cartoons have shown in venues including the Museum of Modern Art, The National Gallery, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Museum of Art and Design.  They are also popular at film festivals and on TV including the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, PBS  and Nickelodeon.  Her favorite things are donuts and receiving drawings of Puppy in the mail from young friends.