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Megan Brain

Megan Brain

Growing up in Glendale, CA with a father who worked in animation, Megan has always been surrounded by art. She was exposed to different styles of art and film which inspired her to follow her father’s path an become an artist herself. So, she moved to San Francisco where she graduated from the Academy of [...]

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Frank Forte

Frank Forte

FRANK FORTE is an accomplished designer, storyboard artist and comic book artist. He has worked in animation for feature films, TV and gaming. Frank’s credits include: Bob’s Burgers, Allen Gregory, The Super Hero Squad Show, Hero 108, Marvel Heroes 4D, Lego Hero Factory, Lego Bionicle:The Legend Reborn, HI HI PUFFY AMI YUMI, Re-Animated Pilot (Out [...]

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Khang Le Bluecanvas Artist

Khang Le Bluecanvas Artist

Khang graduated from the Art Center College of Design in 2005.  Since then he has worked on various films, video games and music videos as a concept artist.  His current role is the creative vision for Adhesive Games.  He likes to eat noodles and travel to exotic places.

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Izzy Medrano Bluecanvas Artist

Izzy Medrano Bluecanvas Artist

Izzy is currently Lead Concept Artist for characters in the Concept Art department at Sony Santa Monica and was a major contributor to God of War 3. He is also an instructor at Red Engine, Otis School of Design, and the online school CGMW, as well as a freelance illustrator for companies like Hasbro, and [...]

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Cecil Kim  Bluecanvas Artist

Cecil Kim Bluecanvas Artist

Cecil Kim has been working as a concept artist and illustrator in the entertainment industry for the past 15 years. Cecil received his BFA in Illustration from Art Center College of Design. After graduating, he was employed at Square USA, Inc., where he worked on the Parasite Eve and Final Fantasy IX projects. He later [...]

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Alex Woo Story Artist

Alex Woo Story Artist

Alex is a story artist at Pixar Animation Studios. He has worked on the films Ratatouille, WALL-E, Cars 2, and 1906 (unreleased). He is currently working on Pixar’s untitled 2013 film. Alex has a B.F.A. in Film/TV Production from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He also directed and produced the short film “Rex Steele: [...]

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John Mahoney Instructor

Idea Concept Professor – Lucasfilm San Francisco & Singapore Drawing & Sculpture Professor – Cal Arts, Gnomon, USC Drawing & Sculpture Professor – Ngee Ann Poly – Singapore John Mahoney has taught around the world such diverse classes as: Character Sculpture, Zbrush, Figure Drawing, Character Design, Production Design, Story Board, Stop Motion Animation, Traditional Animation, [...]

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Eric Goldberg Supervising Animator

Eric Goldberg Supervising Animator

Eric Goldberg, a veteran Director, Designer and Animator, has worked extensively in New York, London and Hollywood creating feature films, commercials, title sequences and television specials. He is equally at home with traditional hand-drawn animation and the most up-to-date computer animation, and has pioneered ground-breaking techniques in both worlds. Eric’s animation knowledge started early, creating [...]

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Deja “View”: A Look at The Inspiration

Deja “View”: A Look at The Inspiration

Description: View: A Noun = An instance of seeing or beholding; a visual inspection. It takes time to become an animator. Time to look, study, explore, look again, and be curious, research, be playful and passionate and then after you fail time and again you must  have that drive that comes from deep down inside [...]

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Lee White Illustrator

Lee White Illustrator

Lee White is a children’s book illustrator and concept artist living in Portland Oregon. He has illustrated 11 children’s books and has a new title appearing Spring of 2012 published by Viking. Recently partnered with noted artist agent Paul Rodeen, Lee is writing as well as illustrating his next three book titles. His client list [...]

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Kevin Freeman of Animation Rigs

Kevin Freeman of Animation Rigs

Kevin has worked professionally as a Character Animator and TD for the last 11 years and with 3D since the early 90′s.  In addition to ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’, ‘Surfs Up’,  and several ‘Spider-man’ films Kevin has worked as both a character TD and animator on such films as ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’, [...]

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John Park

John Park

At a young age, John Park’s dream was to become an artist just like his father and older brother. The countless nights of staying up late and drawing underneath his desk surrounded by his favorite comic books and toys became the result of what John is doing today. John Park majored in Product Design and shortly after, [...]

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A Moment with Magic – Richard Sherman Composer

A Moment with Magic – Richard Sherman Composer

Title: A Moment with Magic CTNX 2011 Length 30min CTN animation eXpo is proud to present a very special treat for our guests. Master composer and brilliant individual will share his amazing talent and songs with us as he plays the piano on Friday night. Richard Sherman is a National Treasure and un-renewable American resource. [...]

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Anthony Jones

Anthony Jones

Anthony Jones started actually as a video game programmer, but found himself very interested in the world of art. He attended the Art Institute of Orange County for a while, then pursued freelance character design for companies such as; Hasbro, Wizards of the Coast, Specular, Big Tree Games, K2 network, and Roblox. He also worked for a [...]

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Jessika Von Innererner

Jessika Von Innererner

Jessika von Innerebner is an illustrator-animator-concept artist who loves the heck outta what she does. That love has spanned 12 years creating interactive and visual fun for kids (and adults who act like kids), for brands like Disney™, Nintendo™ and Fisher Price™. After a mandatory, morning espresso she loves to tackle creative projects head on. [...]

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Howard Shum

Howard Shum

Howard has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Purdue University and has studied Film at New York University. He has worked with Marvel, DC, DarkHorse, and Image. He is the creator-writer-inker of “Gun Fu,” “Gazillion,” and “Intrigue” and the creator-writer of “Hyperkinetic.” His newest work is the antholgy “Fusillade”  which he has written [...]

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Oscar Grillo

Oscar Grillo

Animator, Illustrator, Creator and Director,  Oscar Grillo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1943. Having attended Art School at the age of 16, Oscar’s passionate journey began when working in animation where  his career quickly broadened into publishing cartoons in satirical magazines, illustrating books and painting.  Oscar Grillo has filled every moment of his [...]

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Régis Loisel

Régis Loisel

Help CTN welcome, in a US Exclusive Appearance, French Graphic Novel Artist Règis Loisel. In 1972, when Régis Loisel was 20, he made his comics debut in the magazine, Pieds Nickéles. At that time he was still in college at the University of Vincennes, where he was taking courses in creating comics. These courses were [...]

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Jim Hillin

Jim Hillin

Jim Hillin is today one of the most well-known Digital Effects artists in Hollywood. Texas born Hillin had come to southern California to seek a career as a studio musician and composer. In 1981, he had composed a soundtrack for a film in Austin, Texas for a friend, who had moved to California and was [...]

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Stephen Neary Animator

Stephen Neary Animator

Stephen Neary is a Hoosier-born, New York based animator. Known for his quirky humor and vibrant visuals, Stephen has successfully navigated the difficult road from student to professional. Since graduating NYU in 2008, Stephen has worked as a story artist at Blue Sky Studios. There, he’s boarded on Ice Age 3, Rio, Ice Age 4, [...]

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Zaruhi Galstyan Sketch Artist

Zaruhi Galstyan Sketch Artist

Zaruhi Galstyan was born in Armenia and is currently living in California ever since her family moved to America when she was six years old. She graduated from the Character Animation program at CalArts in 2009 and started her career at Pixar Animation Studios working as a character design intern on Toy Story 3. She [...]

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Bill Plympton

Bill Plympton

Mr. Plympton is considered the King of Indie Animation and is the only person to hand draw an entire animated feature film. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, he graduated from Portland State University in Graphic Design. Bill Plympton moved to New York City in 1968. He began his career creating cartoons for publications such [...]

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Animating from the Heart – Logic vs Inspiration Animator and Filmmaker Ryan Woodward

Animating from the Heart – Logic vs Inspiration Animator and Filmmaker Ryan Woodward

Join Ryan in this passionate and inspiration session where he discusses his creative process. Animating from the heart and Logic vs Inspiration. Ryan Woodward began his career as an animator/designer and storyboard artist in 1995.   He has worked for Warner Brothers Feature Animation, Sony Pictures, Cartoon Network, Walt Disney Studios and Marvel Entertainment and Dreamworks [...]

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