Shrunkenheadman History

The Shrunkenheadman Club was formed in 1995 to establish a forum to nurture the level of student camaraderie and to support the Animation/Illustration faculty.

In the early planning stages of the club, the name Shrunkenheadman was considered. It was inspired by a random drawing in one of David Gustlin's (former student, now current faculty member) sketchbooks.

Though debated at first, the name was selected to set it apart from other campus student organizations. It was felt that the club name should be as creative and unorthodox as those who pride themselves as being a part of it. Coincidentally, this name proved to be very appropriate in terms of describing the nature of its members. While extremely talented and competitive, the Shrunkenheadmen always remain humble... never displaying big egos, or "swelled heads."

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the Shrunkenheadman Club?
A: The Shrunkenheadman Animation/Illustration Club, founded in 1995, is one of the largest campus organizations at San Jose State University. SHM was designed to create a sense of community among the animation and illustration students.

Q: Is SHM for SJSU Animation/Illustration students only?
A: No! Anyone is welcome to join the club. However, as a whole, its members have an interest in the arts.

Q: How much does it cost to join SHM?
A: Membership is $5 per semester.

Q: What do I get with my membership?
A: As an SHM member, you will receive: frequent e-newsletters with information about club events and industry news (e.g. internships, special events) and first access to SHM guest lectures and special events.

Q: What services does SHM provide?
A: SHM organizes such events as: on-campus life drawing, twice weekly; a guest lecture series featuring industry professionals; an annual costumed draw-off (“D-Day”); raffles and special film screenings; and networking among students.

Q: Who are some of the past guests from SHM’s lecture series?
A: Past guests include: PIXAR animator Dylan Brown; independent animator Bill Plympton; Dreamworks story artist Rob Koo; comic book artist Steve Rude; and award-winning illustrators James Jean, Hanoch Piven, and Dennis Nolan. The List goes on.

Q: How can I join SHM?
A: Fill out a membership form and bring it (along with your $5 membership fee) to any figure drawing session or the first meeting of the semester.

Q: When is your first meeting?
A: Info on our meetings are posted on the Events page and on fliers posted in the SJSU Art building.

Q: Who can I contact for more information?

A: For general inquiries, email SHM at You may also contact a specific officer.