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Ian Abando Story and Character Artist

Ian Abando Story and Character Artist

Ian Abando is a Los Angeles based illustrator with a BFA in Illustration from the Art Center College of Design.

Since finishing school in the spring of 2011, Ian works in the commercial, television, and feature animation industries specializing in visual development, character design and storyboarding. His company credits include the Jim Henson Company, Nickelodeon, Laika, Disney Television, and currently Illumination Entertainment where he is a storyboard artist on both Despicable Me 2 and the untitled “minion movie”.

He enjoys playing basketball, guitar, experimental cooking, and extreme people watching.

He also enjoys sleeping occasionally, but not excessively, or… at all… ever.

You can view samples of his work at his website or his blog:




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When asked “What is the most important quality for someone wanting to work in this profession?” Ian responds “Desire and patience!”

ASK THE ARTIST NOW: If you could ask this artist about his technique, his talent, what he feels is the next step in his career, or anything at all, what would it be? Share your questions and comments to this amazing artist by posting below and they will be shared with the artist. The artist will answer them onsite at CTNx2012 and the answers will be posted here.