Jake Panian is a Visual Development artist who works in animation, film, advertising, and games. Some of the studios he has worked for include Blizzard, Blue Sky, and Passion Pictures. His animation credits include Blue Sky Studios films: Rio 2, Epic, Ice Age 4, and Rio; In addition to these titles he has also worked on several upcoming films including Anubis, Peanuts, Ice Age 5 and Ferdinand. For some of his work on Epic, Jake was nominated for a VES award in the category of "Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Movie." Jake studied animation and illustration at San Jose State University and also spent a summer studying abroad in Paris. During his time as a student he won the Zankel Scholarship from the Society of Illustrators which is the largest award the organization offers.