About Evgeni Tomov
Evgeni Tomov is an esteemed Production Designer, Conceptual Artist and Illustrator specializing in feature animated films, animated TV series and shorts.
Born in the former Soviet Union, Evgeni Tomov studied at the Nikolai Pavlovitch University of Fine Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria from which he received a master’s degree in Fine Arts and Illustration in 1986.In 1990, Evgeni moved to Montreal, Canada, where he worked as an Art Director and Illustrator for various Advertising Agencies, working on accounts such as Royal Bank of Canada, L’Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal (OSM) and Lotto Quebec. In Montreal, his interest focused on the world of animation and he began work on numerous children’s TV series for the Canadian studio CINAR Animation. Engaged as an Environment Design Supervisor for CINAR, he developed the series Animal Crackers and Mona the Vampire. In 1997 his work on the animated short The Old Lady and the Pigeons saw his first collaboration on an Oscar® nominated film. While living and working in Montreal, Evgeni’s pursuit in art direction fanned out to encompass projects in computer games as well. From 1999 to 2002, Evgeni worked as the Art Director and Production Designer on the critically acclaimed animated feature film The Triplets of Belleville. The film was an Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival in 2003, and received acclaim at numerous film festivals. Nominations and awards included an Oscar® nomination for Best Animated Feature. Following the completion of Triplets of Belleville, Evgeni again collaborated with Director Sylvain Chomet in Scotland as Production Designer and Art Director for Chomet’s newly established Studio Django, working on the development of a number of projects including the 2D-animated feature The Illusionist, for Pathé Pictures International. The film was also nominated for an Oscar® in 2011.
From 2006 Evgeni has worked as Production Designer on the CG-animated features The Tale of Despereaux, for Universal Pictures and Arthur Christmas, for Aardman Animations and Sony Entertainment, which brought him to London and Bristol, UK and later to Los Angeles, US where he also worked for Dreamworks Animation as a visual development artist and concept designer. Currently Evgeni is involved in the development of various exciting projects in Los Angeles, US.
Coming from a fine arts & illustration background Evgeni found his best fit in the animation industry as a concept designer and Art Director / Production Designer. He finds the creation of the whole stylistic concept for a film and then designing the world for it very exciting and rewarding. One of the most interesting aspects of his work is creating the color script and the emotional color / tonal language for the film.
Ideal Mentee: Looking to do both: give a general career direction & industry advice and also help with mastering the specific qualities and the strong sides of the mentee. Creating additional pieces for the mentee’s portfolio along the way would be desirable as well. Aside of covering some universal principles of visual development and concept design for animation the approach to every mentee will be customised according to the specifics and the interests of each artist:
* First we will assess the general level and the strengths (and possibly the weaknesses) of the mentees by looking and analyzing their previous work.
* Will discuss the goals of the mentee and will tailor a more specific plan accordingly.
* Will give sample assignments similar to what one might face in the industry and will discuss the work in progress including draw overs and paint overs when needed.
* The questions and the problems raised by the mentees will have significant impact on the way the 10 weeks will be spent but the final goal is to develop further the strongest sides of the mentee’s talents and prepare them for the industry expectations.
* Ideally we should have a couple of finished pieces for their portfolios at the end.
* All of the above should be done with fun and creativity (entirely possible!).
Maximum Number of Mentees: 2
Maximum Distance: International
Language(s): English, Russian, and Bulgarian
Preferred Meeting Times: If the mentee is from LA we could meet in person in West Hollywood area on weekends or via Skype on weekends & evenings (upon agreement). For International communication: Skype on evenings (PST) or weekends.
To apply to become Evgeni’s mentee, click here.