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Mentor of the Day: Octavio Rodriguez

Our first featured mentor is the amazing Octavio Rodriguez!

Currently a Story Artist at Pixar Animation, Octavio has worked over 16 years in the animation industry. Before joining Pixar, Octavio has worked at some great animation studios including Starz, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros, Cartoon Network, Disney, Nickelodeon, and Lucasfilm animation.  Some of the titles he’s worked on include:

  • Monsters University
  • Captain Simian & Space Monkeys
  • Catdog
  • Sponge Bob
  • Mighty Mouse (development)
  • Jackie Chan
  • Johnny Bravo
  • Megas XLR
  • Evil con Carne
  • Drawn Together
  • Spawn(Development), Happy Elf
  • Catscratch
  • American Dragon(2nd Season)
  • Emperor’s New School
  • Spectacular Spiderman
  •  Mighty B!

A more detailed list can be found on IMBD.

Octavio is very passionate about drawing and storytelling.  In an interview with Character Design Blog, Octavio says, “I’ve always drawn my whole life, it’s second nature to me. I can remember creating extensive origins on characters I would draw in junior high, and loving every stroke! Those drawings and bios eventually became comics that I would sell to the other kids in school. So, in a sense I always knew I wanted to be a storyboard artist, even if I didn’t know the correct terminology.”

In addition to crafting storyboards during the day, Octavio has self published five books since 2006 – “Cano Scribbles,” “Cano scribbles 1.5,” “The Adventures of Plat and Dave,” “The Adventures of Plat and Dave 2,”and “Ciudad”.   All his books are currently available through his website.

Best of all, Octavio loves sharing his knowledge and giving back to the art community.  Octavio is one of our mentors willing to take multiple mentees – up to 4 in total! And he’s able to communicate in Spanish so is open to teaching internationally. In addition to participating in our Mentorship Program next Spring, Octavio also shares his knowledge at The Art Center.  So follow him on Twitter and check out what he’s hoping to accomplish with his mentees!

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