About

For Animators, By Animators

Long Winter Studios is an independent character development house and custom character solutions studio. We focus on the production of high-quality Maya characters. Our studio website can be found here. This website is our storefront for our high-quality assets for animators, schools and companies.

LWS has grown from one dude in his living room to a global company recognized by the top talents in the industry. It is by definition a passion project and developed out of the desire to be pushed creatively. This studio is where our two passions – pushing our creative limits and helping others reach their goals – meet.

Our products are used to sharpen the skills of animators at many of the world’s top film and game studios as well as by students in some of the most advanced educational institutions.

Our experienced team has made cartoons (full-service rigging, modeling, animation) for studios like Disney, Calabash, In the Box, Moondog, Lunar, as well as top art educators and schools like Gobelins, Gnomon, Vancouver Film School, and the Academy of Art. For a full list of our media partners and associates check out our Media Partners page.

In addition to our character memberships, Long Winter Studios offers services that help your school or business compete with the very best out there.

Our Services

1. Membership

Best For: Individual animators who want to buy characters to use in a demo reel, classroom assignments, or personal work

More Info: Never buy stock characters again. We’ve got what you need for your reel, class project, or personal short film – leading ladies and gents, diverse and interesting humans, super fun and stretchy animals, robots, and dinosaurs. And you get access to all of them for $10/month! Go there now: Find a huge selection of high-quality character rigs in our Membership service!

2. Multi-Seat Licenses

Best For: Classrooms with more than one student, studios with multiple employees

More Info: We offer group packages give your people access to our top-quality characters. Members get full access to purchased characters, frequent updates to assets, full-service customer support, 20% discount on all products, and a spot on our Media Partners page. To join the fun and for a free, personalized quote, email sales@longwintermembers.com, or fill out the form below.

3. Custom Character Solutions

Best For: Studios (and individuals) who need custom character modeling, rigging, and/or animation

More Info: We create unique, compelling characters within the constraints of fast-paced production. We’ve done work for top studios in the U.S. and worldwide. No job is too big or small. If you’re looking to put killer characters on screen, we’ll help you get it done. We have a devoted Long Winter Studios website to our custom character solutions work – head on over there for more information about our services, past clients, and portfolio. Contact us at the form below.

Our Team

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Andrew Conroy
Founder

After working on projects like Life of Pi, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, and various other feature projects in film and VFX, Andrew dreamed up and founded Long Winter Studios, where he now serves as the Creative Director of Awesome (a.k.a. CEO). Andrew fell in love with character animation in college and followed that love back and forth across the country numerous times. His passion for quality and animator-friendly characters fuels Long Winter and keeps the studio’s focus always on the animator.

Eric Meister
Character Designer

He grew up with a pencil in his hand and imagination in his blood. Eric has been a 2D animator and character designer for several years and continues to delight audiences with his fresh take on people and life. He also puts pen to paper here at Long Winter, designing new characters and adding that 2D animation magic to characters during the development stage.

Thomas Moore
Character Technical Director

Don’t be fooled by this guy’s boyish good looks. Thomas knows his way around many elements of the character pipeline. Thomas brings a wide range of skills to LWS. Anything from rendering and effects to rigging to traditional drawing and painting. Thomas also has a keen eye on new methods of working and ways to improve studio functionality.

Kelsey Ramos
Community Manager

Kelsey manages and oversees Long Winter’s websites, social media, and other digital forms of communication. Before she joined the LWS team, she was the lead web producer of health content vertical for Tribune Co., which included the Los Angeles Times, the fourth largest newspaper site in the U.S. She built Long Winter’s online presence from the ground up and gets to engage a tight-knit animation and VFX community from all over the world by sharing cartoons and pretty things.

Media Partners

We are very proud to be able to say that since our start in 2013 we have had the great pleasure of partnering with some of the best schools and companies in the world. If you are interested in becoming a media partner, we would love to talk with you about how that can happen. Check out our membership page for more information. You may see your school or business in such fine company.

You can also find animators using our characters in major feature film, VFX, and game studios around the world, some of which include:

Disney
Dreamworks
Industrial Light and Magic (ILM)
Sony Imageworks
Vicarious Visions
Sucker Punch
Blur
Vancouver Film School
University of Texas, Dallas
The Art Institutes
Turbine

Join them by checking out our membership page. Or email sales@longwintermembers.com and we’ll get you setup with the best characters available!