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Mentor of the Day: Ian Abando

IanAbando_posts_sketchz4Another mentor we’re pleased to welcome back this spring is Ian Abando!

This past Fall 2015, Ian’s mentee, Kevin Fleury,really enjoyed his time working with Ian.  Kevin says, “It was quite a journey for me since I needed to improve on every facet of storyboarding – shots, camera setups, story and shorthand. I was luckily able to produce a finished sequence with which I am happy with.”

Though it wasn’t his first time learning from Ian, (Kevin had taken lessons on storyboarding with Ian at CG Master Academy) but felt the mentorship was a whole new experience since it was one-on-one.   “What I really like about Ian is that he gets to the point whenever he critiques my work. He was very straightforward, letting me know what I needed to focus on, which I think is so important since it’s difficult to identify your own weaknesses sometimes or to even know how to improve on them.”

Take a look at some of the great work Kevin completed under Ian:

As for advice for Ian’s next mentee, “If I had to give advice for upcoming mentees, I would suggest organization and time management – I had a difficult time since I was juggling a job and school while working on my mentorship. I think the most important thing to focus on when dealing with so many other obligations is to plan ahead and prioritize – know what is most important to work on. I fell into traps of doing busywork with my storyboards – trying to make finished thumbnails/beatboards – while not focusing on camera setups and boarding out the whole story. But, overall, it was an amazing experience and I learned so much and am so thankful for it.​”

To find out more about what Ian’s preferences are for a mentee, please be sure to check out his profile here.

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