About Cory Godbey
Cory Godbey has illustrated picture books, book covers, and other projects for clients such as HarperCollins, Random House, Archaia and The Jim Henson Co. He has worked on animated shorts and commercials with clients including Prudential Insurance, Microsoft Zune, and the documentary film The Last Flight of Petr Ginz. Cory has been featured in many annuals and publications including ImagineFX, The Society of Illustrators Annual, and Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. His short graphic novel stories can be found in the award winning, Eisner nominated Flight graphic novel anthologies. Cory seeks to tell stories with his work. He also likes to draw monsters.
Cory’s background covers traditional illustration (drawing, watercolor) digital illustration (Photoshop) and blending the two mediums to various degrees. Both of those studies encompass planning work, composition, creating a series of images, and designing characters in environments. He’s also gotten the chance to work on several projects in the field of animation. In addition, Cory has worked on some music videos and commercials (sometimes producing the animation himself, sometimes partnering with another animator.) Storyboarding, creating animatics, and motion graphics animation. Last not least, he’s had the opportunity to write and illustrate his own sequential short stories. His experience is atypical in this regard, most of the time a team works on a comic. Cory’s had the chance to write, draw, and paint my own work. Writing, adapting a script. Producing the finished comic.
Ideal Mentee: My passion for illustration stems from my love of the Golden Age illustrators (Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac, John Bauer) fairy tales, Tolkien-inspired work, and natural forms. I love creatures and folk tales. Trolls, trees, and grassy places. My goal would be to help someone develop the “visual vocabulary” to express what it is that they want to create. How to imagine the sort of work you want to be doing and develop a plan to do it. My ideal mentee would be interested in telling stories with pictures, imagination, and fantasy. Any level of experience, I’m interested most hard work, dedication, and desire to succeed.
10-week plan: I would tailor the plan to suit the individual, but the general working idea would be developing a collection of characters or complete scenes with a view to creating a new series of work. Essentially, building a portfolio or body of work. Planning, thumbnails, compositions, character studies, developing full scenes. Depending on the person and their level this could progress beyond drawing to color work.
Maximum Number of Mentees: 1
Maximum Distance: International
Language(s): English only
Preferred Meeting Times: I live and work from my home studio in Greenville, South Carolina. My schedule is flexible and, should the mentee be local, I would be very happy to meet with them at my studio. I’d be free for emails, Skype, and phone calls anytime.
To apply to become Cory’s mentee, click here.