Borenstein, Sheldon

Borenstein, Sheldon

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Art and Art History (animation illustration)

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Year Retired from SJSU


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Fire Graphics; Sheldon Borenstein, illustrator & animator

Sheldon's Art Academy: Drawing Painting Design

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Educational Background

Pierce College, Los Angeles, 1981 Associate of Arts

Teaching Experience

San Jose State University, teaching figure drawing and anatomy for animation. 1997 – 2021

Chapman University, Dodge Film School, teaching foundation drawing, painting, and design as it applies to feature films, 2014 -2019

CSU Northridge, teaching classical figure drawing, 1995-1997

Over 30 years of teaching experience. He has given lectures at schools throughout the country. He taught a training program for Warner Bros. feature animation that involved training over 100 new recruits and employees. He also taught at Warner Brothers’ United Kingdom, Disney Animation, Denmark, and Texas locations.

Administrative and Professional Experience

Warner Bros. Feature Animation, Glendale, California and London (England), 10/1995-10/1997

- Associate Supervisor of Clean-Up Animation, Associate Supervisor, Lead Key Character Clean-Up Artist Warner Bros. Feature Animation

- Supervised the Department of Clean-Up Animators working on two major Warner Bros. full length animated films: Space Jam and Quest for Camelot

- Sent to Europe by Warner Bros. Studio during production to assure technique continuity and teach the animation concepts being developed for current films to the Warner Bros. animation team of artists

Over 33 years of classic animation, storyboard illustration, anatomy, and master figure drawing experience. This unique set of skills has enabled him to work in a vast number of areas providing his expertise and knowledge where needed. He has worked on television shows including: Fat Albert, Tom and Jerry, and He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. His feature film experience includes: Space Jam, Quest for Camelot, Fern Gully, and Swan Princess. He worked as an art director for marketing agencies as well as doing illustrations in the art department for aerospace programs. He has 18 years of experience in advertising working as an account executive managing large print advertising projects. He also was a consultant for a variety of fields including: video games, education, and most recently homicide.

Selected Publications

8/2008 – present

Sheldon Borenstein Instructional Videos and Fundamental Drawing Books, which are sold internationally and purchased by private schools and individuals

Personal Commentary

I am currently working in homicide forensics on high profile cases and also own my own art school with my wife.


Borenstein, Sheldon