Mark McDonnell Independent Designer
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, particularly as a Character Designer for film, television and commercial’s. His body of work stretches to 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.
“Life. Life and the illusion of it on a one-dimensional piece of paper or computer screen is an amazingly giving magic trick. It’s a driving muse. A muse worth searching for until the end of our days…in one form or another.” – Mark McDonnell
Following the same passion he has for design and development, Mark has made a concerted effort to give back and help instruct the new generation of Animation and Entertainment artists. Mark has found great comfort being an instructor for various institutions over the past 5 years. Coming from a family of teachers he realized while instructing at The Animation Academy, teaching was a necessary and rewarding job that he felt needed to be a part of his ability to give back, just as so many others had done for him. He is currently instructing the employees at The Walt Disney Company and at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Arts (LAAFA).
In addition to his day job and instructing, Mark recently released his first full color hardback book, “The Art and Feel of Making It Real: Gesture Drawing for the Animation and Entertainment Industry.” This 208-page Art and Instruction bible was derived from his philosophy of giving back. “The Art and Feel of Making It Real” now allows access of industry-only secrets and tips to everyone willing to take up the challenge of working in the industry and how it functions in today’s times. The book comes with a foreword by the legendary Eric Goldberg (of Genie fame), and contributing words by Andreas Deja, Marcelo Vignali and industry instructor Karl Gnass.
Come join Mark McDonnell when he brings his talent, artwork and books to share with you all weekend long at CTN-X 2009.