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Mentor of the Day: Lorelay Bove

If you like gouache painting, you’ll fall in love with the work of Lorelay Bové.

According to ArtInsights, Lorelay was born in Barcelona, Spain, raised in the principality of Andorra and part of a family full of gifted artists.  Her father is renowned painter Quim Bové and her sister Nesya Bové is also an artist.  She attended two years at Laguana College of Art and Design before transferring to the prestigious California Institute for the Arts animation program.

After making her entry into the business as an art intern at Pixar Animation Studios, she quickly transitioned into her current role as a Visual Development Artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios. There she has worked on the visual direction and development of The Princess and the Frog and if you watch the credits, you’ll find that Lorelay’s huge influence. Following The Princess and the Frog, Lorelay went to work on Tangled, Winnie the Pooh, and Prep and Landing for which she designed backgrounds, characters costuming, color scripts for numerous sequences, and countless other elements.

Lorelay is also known for providing the illustrations for the Little Golden Book The Princess and the Frog title, as well as Toy Story: Ride ’em Cowboy! Her work was featured at the New Orleans Museum of Art’s exhibition of Dreams Come True: Art of the Classic Fairy Tales from the Walt Disney Studio as well as countless other art exhibits worldwide.

Her work is often compared to the work of Disney Legend Mary Blair, although Lorelay confesses that she did not become aware of Ms. Blair’s work until her college years. Her own visual signature and style had already been well established for many years at that point, however, she finds the comparison flattering. “It’s quite a compliment!” she says.

During her visit at Picture This, Lorelay talked a little about her inspirations.  She mentioned that she watches a lot of classic 50’s and 60’s Hollywood films and likes to do film studies from those.  Check out her blog and you’ll be able to see the connections. Also, read these interviews with Disneylicious and MoniqueBlog to learn more about her process and challenges when working on her projects.

And now, Lorelay’s open to sharing her knowledge with 2 mentees from anywhere in the world! She’s open to helping her mentees improve their basic skills, revise their portfolios, or even help guide them through a new project.  In addition, Lorelay is bi-lingual – she also speaks Spanish!  We hope you’ll take advantage of this amazing opportunity to learn with Lorelay.  Apply soon!

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