We had a surprise guest speaker at the last session of the semester this week. Walter Gatus stopped by and helped enlighten our students with his talent and experience.
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.