About me

Welcome, I’m Tony Ascroft.

I’m 57 years old, I live in the Greater Toronto Area and I’ve been unemployed/underemployed for the past year.

I have a BSc from Brock University (Geology and Biology combined), I trained as an electro-mechanical/electronic technician with the Canadian Army for 6 years (honourable discharge), and I’m a self-taught artist and designer with over 15 years of experience as a CG Artist, Department Supervisor and Project Manager in the animation industry. Some of my career highlights include Supervising Production Manager on the PBS series ‘Super Why!, Modeling Supervisor on the TV shows ‘Sitting Ducks’ and ‘Monster by Mistake’, and Modeling Department Head for the IMAX 3D conversion of ‘Superman Returns’.

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In 2017, after six years away from the animation industry (I tried Real Estate for six years but just didn’t enjoy it) I upgraded my software skills to the latest versions of Maya, 3DSMax and Photoshop and taught myself some Nuke. That didn’t result in any job offers so currently, I’m upgrading my HTML/CSS skills and learning JavaScript. I’ve dabbled in HTML and coding in the past but I’ve never gotten serious about it, until now.

Future plans include learning a second language, possibly Python, and bringing my ideas to life. I’ve always been an ‘idea guy’. What if we made this? Or, what if we created that? Of course, getting an idea to market is not easy (and sometimes impossible), but, with the invention of the ‘app’ that may be changing. I have many ideas for apps and websites I’d like to create. I’m definitely enjoying the challenge of learning how to do it (write code) and I find I’m wired in a way that receives satisfaction both from coming up with new app and web site ideas but also the challenge of writing the code and getting the result I’m looking for.