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Mark McDonnell

About Mark McDonnell
Over the last several years as an Animation and Entertainment professional, Mark McDonnell has become recognized as a highly respected designer in many facets of the industry but currently holds the title of Character Designer. Mark McDonnell’s work as a designer has touched a wide variety of skill sets while working for many of the Studios. He has worked as a character designer, a layout/set designer, prop designer, look development designer and instructs at many of the Studios as well as local Art Academy’s. His clients including Walt Disney Feature Animation, Disney Toon Studios, Walt Disney Television Animation, Pixar, Miramax, Fox, H.I.T. Entertainment, New Line, Mattel, Sony, Legendary Pictures, The Jim Henson Company, Big Idea Inc. and many more. His book, The Art and Feel of Making it Real: Gesture Drawing for the Animation and Entertainment Industry is industry leading instructional book and is championed at many national and international schools specializing in entertainment design with and emphasis in storytelling.  Check out his work at his website and blog.

Mentor Preferences
Mark McDonnell’s work as a designer has touched a wide variety of skill sets while working for many of the Studios. He originally worked as a layout (the background drawings provided for painting) artist on feature and television shows before becoming a full time character designer for any and all productions. His clients including Walt Disney Feature Animation, Disney Toon Studios, Walt Disney Television Animation, Pixar, Miramax, Fox, H.I.T. Entertainment, New Line, Mattel, Sony, Legendary Pictures, The Jim Henson Company, Big Idea Inc. and many more.

Ideal Mentee: An individual who is willing to put in the hours needed for growth and capable of fulfilling a task set before them. I’m primarily a character designer but also specialize in gesture drawing and storytelling in regards to visual development and storyboard artists. Passion is the key. It’s what’s needed to get to the next level.

10-week Plan: This is solely dependent on the goals and tasks the artist(s) is looking for. I am happy to customize it to their needs as I’m an Instructor in other realms, I’m very comfortable creating a curriculum.

Maximum Number of Mentees: 2

Maximum Distance: International

Language(s): English. And Bad English.

Preferred Meeting Times: Either at a lunch hour or an evening time, generally on Monday’s or Wednesday’s.

To apply to become Mark’s mentee, click here.

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