Aaron Karlson is originally from Chesapeake Virginia and began studying art and film at an early age. An avid drawer since the age of 7, he cultivated a strong foundation in traditional art techniques which he continues to build upon today. In high school, Aaron was accepted into Virginia Governor's School for the Arts where he experimented in 3D modeling and animation through independent study. It was also in high school where he committed himself to pursuing art as a career and eventually, art education. After he completed a 5-year enlistment in the United States Navy, Aaron Karlson graduated cum laude from The Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Animation. During art school, he completed over 12 student films and his main concentration was 3D character animation and modeling. In April of 2016, he accepted a position as an After Effects Animator at UF Digital Worlds Institute. In July of that year he was offered an adjunct instructor role teaching the 3D Digital Animation Techniques class to incoming students. In addition to his teaching and studio animator roles, he is the lead animator of Game Knight Studios LLC, a startup game company in Gainesville Florida. Aaron also works for freelance clients such as Learning Worlds Institute and Stan Johnson Company. In his free time he enjoys drawing, running and is an avid history enthusiast.