Tuesday, August 28, 2007
This is an illustration Ariel created in Photoshop. Click on the image for a better view.
Ariel is producing very impressive art and is developing a portfolio that is as unique as it is exceptional.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Walter enrolled at the Academy full time in our early days. He came to us from another major art school after being disappointed with them. He turned out to be one of the most significant students we've ever had. Starting out at Neopets as a character designer, he went on to Warner Bros and made a solid reputation for himself in salvaging the designs for the high profile and controversial Loonatics series. Currently he's a lead designer at Mike Young Productions in Woodland Hills, California.
Walter shared his experiences and portfolio with the class, giving them a lot of good advice as to what it takes to succeed in the industry. It was great having Walter as our guest and he made the evening a special one. Here's a link to his blog if you'd like to see what he does. http://waltergatus.blogspot.com
The next semester will begin September 4, 2007. We're anticipating another excellent turnout. We're lining up additional guest speakers and from the affirmative responses we've received so far it looks like we'll be hosting more of the industry's outstanding talent for the benefit of our students as a continuing aspect of our program.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Kris was celebrated as a guest speaker this past week. Even while his presentation was in progress he was drawing. Please excuse the quality of the photos. I had the camera on the wrong setting and didn't realize it.
Kris featured art from his portfolio which thoroughly impressed our adult students. Remarkable work for anyone at any age much less a teenager.
As part of the terms of his scholarship, Kris is working as an intern at Warner Bros Animation. He chose to continue his full time college education at Cal Arts this coming fall where he'll be enrolled as a freshman in their character animation program.
We all wish Kris the best of luck and continued success in his creative and professional endeavors. We're looking forward with pride and enthusiasm to the great accomplishments he'll be achieving in the future.
Monday, August 13, 2007
Gary has been a visual development artist in animation for many years as well as an established self publisher of his fine artwork. He brought along some of his original paintings which he displayed as part of his presentation. They're partially visable to the left and right of this picture of Gary as he works with our students while going through his portfolio.
Gary's lecture was informative and inspiring, offering up lots of useful career advice for our students.
We're thankful that Gary took the time out of his busy schedule to join us and share his thoughts and creativity with us. It was very much appreciated by all. I'm sure we'll be seeing him again down the line sometime. Meanwhile, check out Gary's incredible art by visiting his website: http://sarkanavon.com/
Thursday, August 09, 2007
This is Alan's concept sketch in which he established the nature of his composition through a three point perspective grid. Clicking on the pictures will enhance the view.
This is Alan's final line of the high tech futuristic background design he envisioned in the above sketch.
Alan is currently on staff at Marvel Lions Gate Studio (MLG) and is scheduled to join us as a guest speaker next semester on September 18.
Saturday, August 04, 2007
Richard Chavez, head of Visual Development at Sony Pictures Animation with Chance Raspberry, staff artist on The Simpsons.
David Colman from Cartoon Network, author of "The Art of Animal Character Design".
Former student and current assistant instructor James Lavelle Brown.
Jose Lopez, an original founding student of the Academy, character designer and author of "Mariachi Samurai".
Patrick Morgan, creator of "WhaleBoy".
John Nevarez of the Disney Studios.
Stephen Silver, author, educator and character designer.
Development artist Gary Montalbano and wife.
Last but not certainly not least, Kevin Poythress and company.
To see the blog that Kevin created of his 07 ComicCon experience, follow this link: http://mutantpenguinblog.blogspot.com/2007/08/sdcc2007-parti.html
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Alexis did a nice job with her conceptual design of this composition, especially in her rendering of the character's lapel and areas of clothing which exhibit a high degree of sophistication. She used markers for color and a fine pen for her line work. Alexis is another of the up and coming stars involved with our program. As with the rest of our talented students, we look forward with anticipation as to what she'll be coming up with in days ahead.