Mentor of the Day: Nicolas Weis
As we wrap up the last week of Mentor of the Day posts, we’d like to welcome a first time mentor, Nicolas Weis!
I first met Nicolas while interning at DreamWorks Animation a few years back when he was a visual development artist working on The Croods. I was fortunate enough to flip this his sketchbook that contained dozens and dozens of sketches for the film. I’m so happy Nicolas recently video taped himself flipping through that sketchbook (here) because now everyone can have a chance to see it too. While at his youtube channel, be sure to check out all his other amazing videos that showcase his breathtaking draftsmanship.
Originally, Nicolas went to school in Paris to study archeology but at the age of 20, he decided he truly wanted to pursue a career in art. So he enrolled at Ecole Superieure d’Arts Graphiques Penninghen (ESAG) in Paris and graduated in 2003. Afterwards, he freelanced for a few years and then visited the DreamWorks Animation campus and realized he wanted a career in the entertainment industry.
He worked hard for a few years on a new portfolio and eventually landed a job working on Astroboy at Imagi before being hired at DreamWorks Animation. There he worked on How to Train Your Dragon 1, The Croods, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and other undisclosed projects before going freelance in 2013.
Like Nicolas’ work? His website has a ton more! Also, be sure to check out these articles about him on Cartoon Brew and 2D Online Magazine. Then head over to his profile page and then apply to be his mentee!