K. Kypers is a "professional doodler" with a BFA in animation from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Notable projects have included storyboarding for NBC/Sprout's Astroblast! and directing a handful of holiday-themed web videos for Post-it® Notes. Their short educational film for Amaze.org, Jim's Introduction to Gender Identity (a.k.a. My Friend Is Transgender) (written/directed by K.) has earned recognition and accolades at national and international film festivals. K. values dreams, empathy, and crude drawings.
K. Kypers was born and raised in Vernon, NJ (technically born in Ridgewood, but whatever). After graduating from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 2012, K. spent a summer as the Artist-in-Residence at a Girl Scout camp in New Mexico, teaching troops of Girl Scouts to make short clay stop-motion films. Before the summer was over K. would become the Arts Coordinator, coming up with lessons for just about anything the girls were interested in: drawing horses, writing poetry, comic strips, etc.
Upon returning to their native New Jersey, K. completed a personal project (Vaschel: Portrait of a Paper Bag) and began an internship at Little Airplane Productions in New York City. At Little Airplane K. did digital design and animation assistance. It was during this time K. started their Tumblr page, Dream Doodles on Sticky Notes (today infrequently updated), where K. illustrates/animates people's dreams on sticky notes.
In 2013 K. Kypers moved to Boston to accept a storyboarding job on one of the last shows that would be produced by Scholastic's Soup2Nuts studio, Astroblast!
By late 2014 production on the series was coming to a close and K. has jumped from freelance project to freelance project ever since. After reaching out to Post-it® Notes directly with K.'s "sticky note" themed Tumblr page, K. was commissioned to direct/animate a collection of short holiday-themed videos for social media.
After serving as an animator on Rachel Gitlevich's Boobs and More for Amaze.org (a short video about female puberty), K. was selected to write/direct/animate a short film for Amaze about gender identity. Jim's Introduction to Gender Identity (published online as My Friend Is Transgender) has been featured in several national & international film festivals, including the Manchester Animation Festival 2017, the Merlinka International Queer Film Festival 2017, the Westfield International Film Festival 2018 (where it won for "Best Animated Short"), the Florida Animation Festival 2018 (where it won “1st Place - Mixed Media/Experimental”) and the ASIFA-East Animation Festival 2018 (where it earned a Craft Award for "Excellence in Education").
K. Kypers currently resides in the greater NYC area in northern New Jersey. They are a frequent presence at the Milkweed Poetry Workshop which meets every Wednesday in Sugar Loaf, NY. K. has had poems and illustrations featured in each of the two publications from the workshop.