About Bobby Pontillas
Bobby Pontillas graduated from the Art Institute of Seattle and later Animation Mentor. He was a CG animator in the gaming industry for several years on Guild Wars, then he had the amazing fortune to animate on Blue Sky’s Rio and Ice Age 4, shortly thereafter on Disney’s Wreck-it Ralph, Frozen, Big Hero 6, Feast, and Zootopia. In character design, Bobby was lucky to be apart of Disney’s Talent Development Program, and got to design on Giants and Moana. He is currently a character designer at Disney TV working on the Tangled Series.
Bobby was a CG character animator for the majority of his career so far, working in both games and films. In addition, he has had the opportunity to do a bit of character design as well and have recently transitioned to doing character design full- time.
Ideal Mentee: My ideal mentee would be someone that works humble and hard-working. Takes feedback well and incorporates it into his or her work because that’s exactly the type of artist that excels in the industry I feel. They don’t necessarily have to have a lot of experience, just as long as they’ve got a fire in them.
10-Week Plan: Ideally I’d want to structure the program the same way the training program at Disney was- have the mentee choose a well known story that they want to put their own spin on and develop characters in that story. I’d put a huge emphasis on research before anything. I would have them develop a handful of key characters in their story and provide feedback to the best of my abilities. My goal would help to guide them to develop characters that would move an audience .
Maximum Number of Mentees: 1
Maximum Distance: International , US, doesn’t matter?
Language(s): English only
Preferred Meeting Times: Sundays before Game of Thrones
To apply to become Bobby’s mentee, click here.