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Mentor of the Day: Thomas Scholes

We’re happy to welcome a new mentor to Motivarti this fall, Thomas Scholes!

Currently, Thomas is a Freelance Concept Artist based in Seattle, WA. He is passionate about the untapped potential of digital art and interactive entertainment, and is deeply interested in the growth of both mediums. He’s worked on 7 different titles for 3 different studios; Microsoft’s 343 Industries, NCSoft’s ArenaNet, and Disney Interactive’s Avalanche.

In addition, to his impressive resume, Thomas is very active in sharing his knowledge with upcoming artists.  He has written articles and has been featured in a number of publications including; Spectrum 18, 3D Total’s Digital Painting Techniques, CFSL’s Gorilla Artbook, CFSL’s Shuffle 06 and ImagineFX.  He also has videos demos and shares his process on LiveStream, as well as his two blogs Crayon Box of Doom and Sketchpad of Doom.

Thomas joins Motivarti because he feels “mentoring is vital for the continued advancement of our fields and industry, and of individuals – Mentor and Mentee. I’d like to help motivate and inspire mentees towards their goals.”

With a lot of experience under his belt, Thomas will be a great mentor for anyone hoping to advance their skills, no matter their level.  “I’m open to beginners, intermediate and even advanced mentees. With Beginning Mentees, I can help most with Structure; methods and philosophy of learning, technique and fundamental design. With Intermediate Mentees, I can help most with Polish; pushing existing skills and aesthetics. With Advanced Mentees, I can help most with Diversity; introducing the newest digital technique, methods and process. I believe it’s vital for each mentee to drive the discussion to their interests, their current motivations or issues, whether general or specific. I prefer digital artists to traditional.”

If you aren’t familiar with Thomas’ work, definately check it out.  It’ll blow you away! Even Victoria Ying is excited to have him on board, “He’s seriously an amazing painter, one of my biggest inspirations!!” Find out more about Thomas Scholes at his website, Art of Scholes and follow him on Twitter for his latest updates!

Fun fact: If he had to do it all over again and couldn’t choose visual art; he would choose programming, or life as a hermit.  Apply soon to be Thomas’ mentee!

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