Kruse graduated from the Parsons School of Design in 1989 and soon after began working as an illustrator, book designer, art director, and comic book artist.
Kruse's earliest professional credit was as a storyboard artist on The Tick. He has since worked as a director, storyboard artist, character/prop/background designer, and writer. His clients have included Nickelodeon, Frederator, Cartoon Network, Fox, Disney Television, Hasbro, Sony Pictures, Sunbow Entertainment, Nick Jr, and Renegade Animation.
Kruse's credits include storyboard clean-up artist on Godzilla: The Series, storyboard artist/revisionist on Family Guy, storyboard artist on Time Squad, The Fairly OddParents, El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera, T.U.F.F. Puppy, and Bravest Warriors, character/prop designer on Whatever Happened to Robot Jones?, writer and storyboard artist on My Life as a Teenage Robot, storyboard supervisor on The Replacements, and director on Fanboy & Chum Chum. Recently, he has done work as a storyboard artist on Transformers: Robots in Disguise.
Kruse received a Primetime Emmy nomination for his work on My Life as a Teenage Robot in 2006 and an Annie Award nomination for The Fairly OddParents in 2010. He also serves on the board of Open Figure Drawing and has been a presenter at A Sense of Drawing 2014 and 2015.
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