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Motivarti at CTNx 2015


The CTN Animation Expo is this week and Motivarti is excited to be having a table again this year!  Find us at Table 97 in Hall A.

We’ll be there answering questions about our mentorship program and classes.  So feel free to stop by and ask us questions or just to say hi.

Congrats Fall 2015 Mentees!


We want to thank everyone who applied to our Fall 2015 mentorship program!  This is our 8th session and each year we see so many portfolios progress.  While we wish we could help everyone, our mentors have a limited number of time to participate.  After much deliberation, we are pleased to present our Fall 2015 Motivarti Mentorship Mentees!

Cody Walzel (Ian Aband0)

Kevin Fleury (Ian Abando)

Celine Qian You (Maurico Abril)

Maria McFarland (Mauricio Abril)

Polly Tzelepis (Mauricio Abril)

Rachel McAlister (Brian Ajhar)

Caroline Boyk (Brian Ajhar)

Eric Pagtaconan (Frederic Durand)

Marcos Ramos (Garrett Hanna)

Nicolas Hammond (Garrett Hanna)

James Martin (Garrett Hanna)

Rianti Hidayat (Meg Hunt)

Alice Lee (Meg Hunt)

Eric Omega (Derek Hunter)

Harriet-Lane Ngo (Derek Hunter)

Kay Ketong Liu (Noah Klocek)

Hollie Mengert (Bobby Pontillas)

Tobias Schwarz (Octavio Rodriguez)

Rudy Zumbi (Octavio Rodriguez)

Scott Pellico (Thomas Scholes)

Monica Grue (Thomas Scholes)

Beverly Chen (Evgeni Tomov)

Anne Rufin (Evgeni Tomov)

Flavio Nishiyama (Nicolas Weis)

Min Fu Yovaisis (Nicolas Weis)

Mentor of the Day: Ian Abando

IanAbando_6Interested in story boarding?  Well, Ian Abando would be a great mentor for you!

Since graduating Art Center College of Design just four years ago, Ian has worked for a variety of studios including Jim Henson, Nickelodeon, Laika, Disney TV, Illumination, Sony, and currently, Dreamworks where he is a storyboard artist.

At Dreamworks  Animation, he’s involved on a number of projects set to be released over the next 3 years (most of which are undisclosed).  One of his more recent project set for debut is the Minion Movie, coming out on July 10.   Check out this clip he storyboarded on his instagram!

In addition to working full-time, Ian finds time to sharpen his sketching skills.  “I’m not as consistent with it as a I used to be, but I definitely try go sketching once a week.”  See some awesome images below.

Ian is also constantly doing film studies – tiny sketches in black and white from frames of feature films.  “Whether it’s for the purpose of reference when I’m at work, or just general enrichment, I find film studies incredibly useful in terms of informing my sense of staging, cutting, lighting, acting, etc.” says Ian.

So if you’re looking to break into animation via story boarding, definitely consider Ian as your mentor!

Mentor of the Day: Octavio Rodriguez

Octavio_sketch2Octavio Rodriguez is back and ready to work with two enthusiastic Mentees this Fall! He is one of our most loved and longest standing Mentors. He brilliantly challenges hardworking potential Storyboard Artists, and helps them bring their portfolio to their fullest potential. Octavio has been all over the animation industry, having been a Storyboard Artist in plenty of television and feature animation studios. Most recently he’s been busy at Pixar, but he always manages to find some time to be a great Mentor!

One of his most recent students from the Spring 2015 Motivarti session was Ying-Hsuan Chen. She described to us what they worked on over the ten week Mentorship. She informed us, “Story development, boarding method, problem solving. We have developed beat boards and rough boards for two short stories.” Check out some of her hard work below!

Octavio has been a great guide for all of his Mentees, and he’s excited to take on students from anywhere in the world! If you are fortunate enough to be chosen, Ying-Hsuan has some words of advice for you! She says to, “Come prepared! Know what you want to do and what you want to learn. Help the mentor to help you learn. By asking questions, you can help your mentor effectively pinpoint your problems. Octavio is a great communicator and he always give me the answers I need. I learned a lot from just asking question alone. Take the initiative and ask questions! You would gain much more than you expected from this mentorship.” Octavio is ready for your questions, and your application!

Mentor of the Day: Garrett Hanna

GarrettHanna_3It’s a joy to have Garrett Hanna back with Motivarti after a successful term! Garrett is a talented and versatile artist that has mainly done concept art all over the games industry, as well as plenty of freelance work ranging from magazine covers to website illustrations. Garrett is especially known for his amazing digital paintings, and the perfect Mentor for a dedicated illustrator that’s ready to add on to their pencil mileage!

Garrett’s Spring 2015 Mentee Emanuel Gonzalez had a wonderful experience studying under him. The two of them worked on a several illustrations together, with Garrett providing insight into his own painting style. Emanuel told us, “Everything was fantastic! Thank you for this wonderful program.” He especially enjoyed, “[learning] Garrett’s painting techniques and design method.” Check out some of Emanuel’s hard work below!

Emanuel’s favorite part of the mentorship was the “one on one time with my Mentor”, and it’s no surprise considering how knowledgeable and approachable Garrett is to his Mentees! Garrett is open to three lucky Mentees from anywhere in the world this Fall! If you’re ready to take your digital paintings to the next level, he’s the Mentor you’ve been looking for! Check out Garrett’s tumblr for even more amazing work!