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Mentor of the Day: Noah Klocek

NoahKlocek_Page61-720x347Today we have the privilege of introducing one of our new mentors for Fall 2015, Noah Klocek!

Noah began his career as a matte painter in the animation industry for DreamWorks Animation and Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), before advancing quickly to concept art and production design. For the last 10 years, Noah has worked at Pixar Animation Studios, with roles and responsibilities such as concept artist, art direction, and production designer on films like “WALL-E”, “Up”, “Brave”, and “Inside Out”, as well as the in-production film “The Good Dinosaur”.

In addition to his animation industry chops, Noah also has expanded into the field of children’s book illustration, with his debut book “Cloud Country” in publication and several others in the works. Above all, Noah is an expert storyteller, crafting warm and dramatically lit images that have the magnetic promise of a good narrative. His light-hearted, charming style belies his expert knowledge of composition, staging, character, color, and the importance of an emotional hook in every image.

As a mentor in the Motivarti program, Noah would like to take on one mentee from anywhere in the world. Noah wrote very eloquently to us about what he’s looking for in a mentee, as well as the reciprocal importance of the mentor-mentee relationship:

“My ideal mentee, would be an individual who is not afraid of working hard. Someone who understands that real growth only comes from real work. Ideally the mentee would have a strong skill set that they want to take to the next level. I don’t believe there are any shortcuts in becoming a better designer, painter or storyteller, however I do believe that it is easy to get lost or overwhelmed along the way and that we all need mentors to help illuminate the path. I would love to partner with a mentee who is passionate about growing their skill set and knowledge as a designer and an artist.

Every time I have been a mentor I have ended up learning as much as the mentee. I know that sounds like a cliche, but it’s true…I also feel it is important to share knowledge as much as possible. Art and storytelling have never thrived in isolation, it is through sharing that they have transformed and progressed.”

Someone very lucky is going to have Noah as a mentor—it could be you! To see more of his work, be sure to visit his website.

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