Mentor of the Day: Ian Abando
Here’s the perfect Mentor for an aspiring Story Artist, Ian Abando has proven himself time and time again to provide fantastic story work to some of the most popular recent animated films, including “Despicable Me 2” and the most recently, “Penguins of Madagascar”. You may have even admired some of his character design work on Disney’s “Gravity Falls”, but lately Ian has been working as a Storyboard Artist at DreamWorks Animation, helping to create more animated films that will surely have you falling over with laughter! When he’s not on the job, he loves to teach and pass along his knowledge, making him an excellent Mentor!
Ian is a great source of information and knows exactly what it takes to survive in our competitive animation industry. He is open for mentorship with any lucky mentee from anywhere in the world, a great opportunity for those not local to the Los Angeles area.
If you’re applying for Ian, my recommendation would be to have a strong set of goals that you are driven to complete or work towards during your ten weeks. Ian works around his Mentee’s goals, and plans out workshops based on what they’d like to focus on. There are so many facets to storyboarding for a Mentee to work on, and Ian is incredibly gifted in explaining the many aspects of story in such an accessible way.
When Ian isn’t working, he loves to go sketching in cafes with his friends. He’s always been a hard working and accessible person, completely dedicated to his craft. He would make a wonderful Mentor to a Mentee that’s ready to work hard and absorb as much information as possible!