The animation world has lost a great man this week, Monty Oum, the lead animator at Rooster Teeth has passed away. roosterteeth.com/news/entry.ph…
Mony Oum is the talent behind the elaborate fight scenes we have all come to love in Red vs. Blue and RWBY. For those of you have added my RWBY work to your favorites, the art only exists because of Monty.
Monty is the creator of RWBY and it is his art/animation direction and creative brain that allowed RWBY to become what it is today. I was hired on as a 3D artist to help with season 1 of RWBY and in a short amount of time Monty trusted me in creating some of the shows most iconic characters. I modeled Jaune, the Nevermore, Torchwick and more. Monty gave me so much creative freedom with his show and not to mention my first lead character artist gig.
Monty was kind, respectful, a hard worker, and a great guy. He even helped me pitch an idea to the Rooster Teeth studio. He trusted and believed in his co-worker's abilities and knew that together we could accomplish something amazing.
It is a humbling and tragic story, and I wish I had gotten to know Monty better on a friend level. My time at RT was short and we never moved past the "co-worker phase" in our relationship. Monty was only 33 and he had the world by the tail... Newly married, a successful job, and an anime show that had an ever growing fan base (and had just gotten picked up on Netflix). He left this world much too soon and it is a tragedy, but he leaves behind a legacy that we can all enjoy and learn from.
Monty you were one of the more focused artists I knew and you achieved so many of your goals. I hope I can apply that determination to my own creations and someday accomplish something similar. Life is precious and it can change on a dime, never take your time on this world for granted... Make a stamp on it the way Monty did.
Rest in peace Monty Oum, we will miss you.