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Mentor of the Day: Ian Abando

IanAbando_6We are pleased to introduce Ian Abando as one of our brand new additions to the Motivarti Mentor list!  Having graduated from Art Center in May 2011, Ian already has a wealth of credits under his belt.   He is a talented and charismatic Storyboard Artist with credits that include last summer’s ‘Despicable Me 2‘, ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2‘, as well as character design on ‘Gravity Falls‘. He is currently employed as a Storyboard Artist at DreamWorks Animation.

In addition to being a story artist, Ian also has experience as a concept and character artist working for studios like Laika, Disney TV, and Jim Henson Studios.   Check out this fun interview with Ian during his time at Laika.

Along with story, you will certainly get a well rounded mentorship with Ian.  He will be a great influence for his mentees, showing that hard work and determination can bring you to great places!

Ian is looking for two passionate and focused mentees with a great love for story and film. He is open to international students, which is a fantastic opportunity for story students near and far to take advantage of his wealth of knowledge. His ten week plan is up to the goals and needs of his mentees, but he’s definitely interested in creating workshops to further the techniques of his students.

Check out some of Ian’s work below and more at his website and blog.

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