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Mentor of the Day: Robert Kondo

Open up the Art of Ratatouille or the Art of Toy Story 3, and you’ll find the work of Robert Kondo littering the pages.

Robert grew up in Hacienda Heights, California, and is an alumnus of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where he studied illustration and design with Norm Schureman.

In July 2002, Robert joined Pixar Animation Studios as sets art director for Disney·Pixar’s Ratatouille. As a sets art director, he assisted production designer Harley Jessup in designing sets and environments for the film.  Definitely check out his amazing work in the Art of Ratatouille. Shortly after that, Robert art directed the sets for Lee Unkrich for Toy Story 3 and Disney·Pixar’s upcoming release, Monsters University.

We’re very lucky to have Robert joining us in our Motivarti Mentorship Program.  Robert is an extremely talented artist with a very demanding schedule so is looking to take on just one mentee from anywhere.  He’s hoping to meet someone who is hard working and open minded about their potential, and hopes to mentor by example.   In addition, Robert rather than the mentorship being completely one-sided, Robert looks to find inspiration in the relationship that two artists can have together.  Robert mentioned to us, “I would love to work on visual ideas that support a narrative, with a focus on strengthening concepts and ideas in painting and drawing through shape, color, composition, etc.”  In terms of his goals for his mentee, Robert is hoping to work with someone that sets their own goals and is looking forward to helping them achieve them.

So if this sounds like the kind of artist you are, consider applying to have Robert as your mentor!

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