riabot asked: Hello there! Firstly, you seem really cool. I love loved your musician portraits. Secondly I was wondering if you could please tell me about your experience after you graduated school (if you did got to art school that is)? Hmm or maybe a better question would be, how did you get to where you are today? Thanks in advance!
Thank you for the kind words! I hope this long explanation answers your question well.
I graduated from Otis College Of Art And Design in 2009, and by then I already had done a wonderful internship, as well as some freelance gigs. At the time all I wanted to do was visual development in feature animation, but unfortunately the place and the timing wasn’t great (right as the market crashed, and layoffs started to become a regular thing). Despite conversations with many studios, I realized I wasn’t going to make it right away (this is the “my dreams were crashing down moment).
I worked on whatever I could find at the time, commercials, a video game, pitches for animated shows, an iphone app - you name it! Most of them were really great experiences and at this point I started getting comfortable working as a freelancer. Before my first year of freelancing was over, I was offered a visual development position at Sony Pictures Animation to help out on Arthur Christmas. I was on this job briefly, and despite working with some wonderful people, it was rather obvious that it wasn’t a great fit. I went back to freelancing after a couple of months, and I’ve since worked on tv and feature project pitches, commercials, music videos, many animated commercials, as well as publishing three art books (one of which is with the super talented Elsa Chang).
Given the chance, I wouldn’t change a thing about my experience - like everyone else, my experience had moments of doubt, confusion, heartbreak, but also joy, excitement, and gratitude. My life and career wouldn’t be the same without the wonderful friends and mentors I made. And while I have big dreams to follow still, I feel very happy to be where I am today!