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Creative Mind - with Bobby Brill

Creative Mind - with Bobby Brill

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Get inside the Creative Mind with candid conversations from working artists and creative institutions from all over the world. Regardless of where you are in your career or if you are just interested in the world of art and design, the Creative Mind podcast brings you fresh stroies and insights each week. Creative Mind is hosted by Bobby Brill.
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The Murals at Parkmerced - Interview with Fred Knapp - Maximus Real Estate Partners
The Murals at Parkmerced - Interview with Fred Knapp - Maximus Real Estate Partners
Take a listen and get into the world of the client in our talk with Fred Knapp of Maximus Real Estate Partners as we talk about the development of the murals at Parkmerced, painted by the students of Academy of Art. Fred Knapp drives the strategy and execution for Maximus’ operations. He joined the company in 2019, and brings considerable restructuring, asset-management, and organizational improvement capabilities honed over a 30-year long career in real estate. Fred's strong customer service orientation is instrumental in the creation of an Active Service Culture across our portfolio. Prior to Maximus, Fred was the Executive Director of Related Hudson Yards. In this position, Fred was the operational leader responsible for managing 1,000 employees serving the new $20 billion New York City neighborhood. His responsibilities in this role included P&L financial management, organizational construct, security, general management, operations, and technology infrastructure. Fred also served as Interim President of Related Management Company, where he implemented restructuring and organizational improvements for the 2,000-person company overseeing 52,000 residential units and 10 MM SF of commercial space.
32:36
March 02, 2022
Writing a Graphic Novel - Screenwriters Sam Voutas & Eric Flanagan
Writing a Graphic Novel - Screenwriters Sam Voutas & Eric Flanagan
Go behind the scenes of the 10-year journey to create the graphic novel - White Faced Lies - as it went from the spark of an idea to the Sundance Writers Lab to now available on Kindle and Amazon. Book Synopsis - In China, local companies hire white (but not necessarily qualified) Americans to lend them credibility. Cons such as these, known as "face jobs", are instances in which Chinese companies hire foreigners to pose as professionals to lend credibility during meetings, press conferences, and other events where "face" is paramount. When veteran "face-jobber" Stanley hires a new assistant who thinks Stanley is his long-lost father, Stanley attempts to pull off the con of a lifetime by pretending to be his assistant's dad. A darkly humorous critique of the post-truth world that explores questions of race, systemic fraud, and personal greed, "White Faced Lies" is ultimately about how easily lies become truth. Check out the book here - mybook.to/WhiteFacedLies
46:18
February 17, 2022
VIDEO - Writing a Graphic Novel - Screenwriters Sam Voutas & Eric Flanagan
VIDEO - Writing a Graphic Novel - Screenwriters Sam Voutas & Eric Flanagan
Go behind the scenes of the 10-year journey to create the graphic novel - White Faced Lies - as it went from the spark of an idea to the Sundance Writers Lab to now available on Kindle and Amazon. Book Synopsis - In China, local companies hire white (but not necessarily qualified) Americans to lend them credibility. Cons such as these, known as "face jobs", are instances in which Chinese companies hire foreigners to pose as professionals to lend credibility during meetings, press conferences, and other events where "face" is paramount. When veteran "face-jobber" Stanley hires a new assistant who thinks Stanley is his long-lost father, Stanley attempts to pull off the con of a lifetime by pretending to be his assistant's dad. A darkly humorous critique of the post-truth world that explores questions of race, systemic fraud, and personal greed, "White Faced Lies" is ultimately about how easily lies become truth. Check out the book here - https://www.amazon.com/White-Faced-Lies-Eric-Flanagan-ebook/dp/B09N6W8HYQ
51:53
February 16, 2022
We All Need Safety - Photographer Violetta Gonzalez
We All Need Safety - Photographer Violetta Gonzalez
Violetta Gonzalez is based out of San Francisco, California, and fell in love with photography 6 years ago playing in the darkroom at the City College of San Francisco. She found that photography was the most efficient way to explore & share stories of all the diverse beauty she explores. With her BFA from the Academy of Art University, she uses photography as a tool to capture social-political issues that target the social norm all the while capturing its true beauty & essence of every subject matter. In expanding her portfolio & traveling to other cities that also experience similar social issues, she hopes to educate you through her lens while bringing you a new point of view. Her project, We All Need Safety, explores the world of cam models and sex workers from the inside and is fascinating look into modern sexuality in our technological age. You can view her work here - https://www.violetagphotography.com/
01:03:33
February 09, 2022
Industrial Designer & Inventor - Mark Garcia
Industrial Designer & Inventor - Mark Garcia
INDUSTRIAL DESIGN LEADER, INVENTOR, and EDUCATOR Perpetually inspired concept ideation, development, direction, education, and realization. Mark Garcia is helping to advance our world by sharing my experiences, perspective, and techniques of industrial design with aspiring creative problem solvers and future game-changers. Instructing junior and senior-level industrial design majors in a course that I have evolved to become more invention/entrepreneurial in its problem solving and design approach. Check out Mark's work here - https://www.rogue-id.com/ And of course check out more Creative Mind on our blog, Instagram, and YouTube pages. Got a question? Let us know!
01:20:14
February 02, 2022
Illustrator and Art Evangelist - Forest Stearns
Illustrator and Art Evangelist - Forest Stearns
Forest Stearns is the Principal Artist at DRAWEVERYWHERE where he produces uniques artworks and leads collaborations connecting artists and institutions. He has a passion for founding Artist in Residence programs that connect art, science, and technology. Currently, he is the Creative Innovation Consultant and Artist in Residence co-founder at Google Quantum AI  in Santa Barbara Ca. Collaboration with artists is a huge part of Stearns’ creative adventure. As an art director, producer, facilitator, and public speaker. Always leaning in to bring other artists into unique situations to share creative permission in the common conversation. Stearns is an academically trained prolific illustrator, an arts educator, creative facilitator, and community builder. Also an engaged father and supportive partner. Earning a very technical Masters of Fine Art in Illustration in 2010 and a more conceptual BFA for Painting in 2005. This Academic achievement is matched by an empirical practice of daily art-making. An avid illustrator for over 20 years. Forest Stearns has been creating illuminated drawings and hand-lettered scripts on every surface available from art gallery walls to spaceships, there is nothing the artist won’t draw upon. His artistic portfolio radically spans media and substrate from endless sketchbooks of organic characters, laser-etched drawings covering hundreds of satellites that orbit the Earth, art on Quantum Computers, and giant murals on surfaces ranging from buildings, radomes, and rocket ships.
01:22:55
January 26, 2022
The First Lady of Sales - Dr. Cindy McGovern
The First Lady of Sales - Dr. Cindy McGovern
Top-rated speaker, best-selling author, and consultant Dr. Cindy is on a mission to empower people and companies to get what they want … through sales! Yep, “sales,” that icky word that makes people cringe. How did she learn to embrace that dreaded activity? After years of consulting companies and helping them grow their business, she had an epiphany: every job really is a sales job.  And every person is a salesperson. Throughout her career as a college professor, a salesperson, and a consultant, Dr. Cindy realized that people can get more of what they want in work AND in life by using the skills of sales professionals. She is in fact a doctor – although not the medical kind! – with her master’s in Communication and doctorate in Organizational Communication with an Emphasis in Organizational Leadership and Ethics. Today she focuses on bringing companies and people together to grow their businesses and get what they want in life and in work. Because, believe it or not: you were born with sales skills, and Dr. Cindy wants to help you embrace your inner salesperson to get what you want and deserve. And it’s not tough, she uses a simple five-step formula that’s easy to remember, easy to stick to, and easy to achieve. But it’s so revolutionary that once she redefines the concept of sales, the world will need a new word for it! Want to find out her secrets? Easy–she’s written a book about them! It’s called Every Job is a Sales Job: How to Use the Art of Selling to Win at Work, released in September 2019 by McGraw Hill Professional. You can find out more about Dr. Cindy here - https://drcindy.com And of course check out more Creative Mind on our blog, Instagram, and YouTube pages. Got a question? Let us know!
48:42
January 19, 2022
How to Write a Children's Book with Editor Taylor Norman
How to Write a Children's Book with Editor Taylor Norman
“A good picture book should be able to be read by anybody,” says Taylor Norman, editor at Chronicle Books in San Francisco and our guest on the podcast this week. As an editor it is Taylor’s job to find the right manuscript and shepherd it through the process from acquisition to print. No small feat as creating picture books is a multimillion-dollar industry creating memories that last a lifetime. Getting you book in front of a publisher like Taylor requires you as the author/illustrator to become immersed in the field. This is not a quick output, or one-off idea to try. The work you create can fill libraries and enter the world of “literature”. Talking to parents is the first step if you think you have a good idea. “I think as a parent, you want the right book for the right moment at all of your moments. And there's tons of melodrama in one day in a kid's life. And ideally, the picture books that get published address those types of moments in a kid's life,” Taylor says. As far as the books she is looking, “I'm interested in books that have a purpose because they're authentic and they tell a true story that a kid will respond to.”
01:32:53
December 29, 2021
What is Toy Design? - Creative Director Reis O'Brien
What is Toy Design? - Creative Director Reis O'Brien
Do you ever wonder who gets to be in charge of making the Pops and toys you love? Well, on this episode we tear open the vinyl to feast on the creative goo that is Funko Creative Director, Reis O'Brien. Fresh off his recent creation of the Grogu Ballon for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Reis walks us through his career from slaving away in the world of illustration to creating toys and vinyl pops that we all know and love. Along the way, Reis gives us some of the best advice on how to look at yourself as an artist, find the spark that you need to move forward with an idea, and be comfortable in your own designs. A great episode for everyone looking to find a bit of mentorship along the way. And of course check out more Creative Mind on our blog, Instagram, and YouTube pages. Got a question? Let us know!
01:10:55
December 22, 2021
Understanding Mid-century Modern Design with Zachary Calev
Understanding Mid-century Modern Design with Zachary Calev
Fluxco Design was founded in 2012 by Zachary Calev. As a professional sculptor with an Industrial Design degree in Transportation Design, Zach has carried forth his skills in surfacing and volume experimentation in the automotive world to furniture. Just as important is the ability to fluidly evolve an idea from a two-dimensional sketch to the third dimension of a usable product, is an attention to detail so that no screw, joinery, or tie go unnoticed. You can find more of Zach's work here - https://www.fluxcodesign.com And of course check out more Creative Mind on our blog, Instagram, and YouTube pages. Got a question? Let us know!
57:39
December 15, 2021
Fine Art Photographer - Shahzad Bhiwandiwala
Fine Art Photographer - Shahzad Bhiwandiwala
#CreativeMindPodcast #FineArtPhotography #Photography Subscribe to Creative Mind wherever you get your podcasts today so you never miss an episode!   Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast...   Google Podcasts - https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0...   Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/2z1VI3J...   Check out Creative Mind on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/creative_mind_podcast/ In this special episode, we walk through some of Shahzad Bhiwandiwala's favorite images and he explains how his career progressed and what he is working on now.  Shahzad Bhiwandiwala is a fine art fashion and portrait photographer from Mumbai currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California, USA. After a brief stint in the corporate world of Human Resources, he decided to make a career out of his passion for photography. He is an alumnus of the Eddie Adams Workshop Batch XXXIII, a first-place Advertising-Fashion awardee at the International Photography Awards, CA Award winner, a Phase One Certified Professional, and a professor in the photography department at San Jose State University.  You can view his beautiful work on his website https://www.shahzadb.com/portfolio
21:20
December 10, 2021
Industrial Designer & Furniture Designer - Zachary Calev
Industrial Designer & Furniture Designer - Zachary Calev
Zachary Calev is the founder of Fluxco Design. As a professional sculptor with an Industrial Design degree in Transportation Design, Zach has carried forth his skills in surfacing and volume experimentation in the automotive world to furniture. Just as important is the ability to fluidly evolve an idea from a two-dimensional sketch to the third dimension of a usable product, is an attention to detail so that no screw, joinery, or tie go unnoticed.  You can find more of Zach's work here - https://www.fluxcodesign.com And of course check out more Creative Mind on our blog, Instagram, and YouTube pages. Got a question? Let us know!
49:40
December 08, 2021
Fine Art Painter - Judy Klich
Fine Art Painter - Judy Klich
Judy’s process incorporates painting, drawing, collage, and photograph transfers creating an unexpected spontaneous flow of energy and endless possibilities. “I use a torch to heat each layer and manipulate the wax. Unexpected things always happen when you are working with hot wax and fire.  I learned to let go of the critical inner voice when something goes in a different direction and just embrace it.” says Klich.   Judy captures beauty in her paintings by showing details and scenery often missed by our busy lifestyles.  Her work juxtaposes nature and geometry and displays the connection between the two.  It reflects her need for balance by contrasting elements and creating harmony at the same time.  There is excitement and joy along with a peaceful presence in her work. The beeswax adds a surreal quality of softness and translucency that complements the textural, organic elements.    Judy has a BS in Interior Design from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an MFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and is represented by Paul LeQuire and Company in Nashville, TN, River Gallery, Chattanooga, TN, Lark, and Key Gallery, Charlotte, NC and The Studio Gallery in Grayton Beach, FL.  She has also participated in multiple juried shows since 2009 including Harding Academy Art Show, Brentwood Academy, and Lipscomb Academy art shows. She paints and teaches encaustic and watercolor in her home studio.   You can view her stunning work here -  https://www.judyklichart.com/
34:33
December 01, 2021
Photographer, Drone Pilot & Fine Artist - KC Knoop
Photographer, Drone Pilot & Fine Artist - KC Knoop
KC Knoop proudly served in the United States Coast Guard for 20 years.  During those years, he spent most of my time away from home in the southern hemisphere fighting the drug wars that so often threatened our borders. During his years of service to the country, he developed a knack for photography that morphed into a professional career. Duane Michals, a great influence to KC, once stated, “Either you are defined by your medium or you must redefine it.”  Not long ago while seeking ways to do just that, KC discovered aerial photography.  It was in the sky that he was introduced to a whole new plane for art.  The geometric lines created by the earth all leading to a distant sunrise captivated me.  He found myself awake hours before the sunrise to reach locations he could photograph just as the sun breaks the horizon.  By the time he would return home after hours of photographing, he had already put in a full day as members of his family are just getting up to begin theirs. It is aerial photography that has not only redefined his medium, but has shaped him as an artist.   You can view his stunning images here - https://kcknoopdroneimagery.myportfolio.com/photography Also check out is stunning family and wedding photography here - https://www.kcknoopphotography.com And of course check out more Creative Mind on our blog, Instagram, and YouTube pages. Got a question? Let us know!
34:30
November 10, 2021
Fine Art and Commercial Photographer - Shahzad Bhiwandiwala
Fine Art and Commercial Photographer - Shahzad Bhiwandiwala
Shahzad Bhiwandiwala is a fine art fashion and portrait photographer from Mumbai currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California, USA. After a brief stint in the corporate world of Human Resources, he decided to make a career out of his passion for photography. He is an alumnus of the Eddie Adams Workshop Batch XXXIII, a first place Advertising-Fashion awardee at the International Photography Awards, CA Award winner, a Phase One Certified Professional and a professor in the photography department at San Jose State University. You can view his beautiful work on his website https://www.shahzadb.com/portfolio Check out our portfolio review on YouTube - https://youtu.be/OyVFQiv2LQU And of course check out more Creative Mind on our blog, Instagram, and YouTube pages. Got a question? Let us know!
01:02:05
November 03, 2021
Art and Activism - Content Producer Ephraim Colbert
Art and Activism - Content Producer Ephraim Colbert
Ephraim Colbert is a creative media producer focusing on arts and culture, civil rights and social action, education, health, poverty alleviation, and social services. Ephraim has turned his experience to developing original content and managing pre/production and post-production from beginning to end for video and audio platforms including producing for KPFA radio, podcasts for Capacity for Health, and other non-profits. His insights into finding clients, working in the non-profit space, and developing your creative voice to help others are just some of the topics we cover in this episode. You can find more of Ephraim Colbert’s work here - https://www.ephraimcolbert.com And of course check out more Creative Mind on our blog, Instagram, and YouTube pages. Got a question? Let us know!
58:05
October 27, 2021
What is a Documentary?
What is a Documentary?
In this bonus episode of Creative Mind, we dive in the world of making documentaries. Marjorie Sturm walk us through her film and process for dealing with sensitive subject matter. Executive producer Tod Mesirow explains the art of interviews. We also here from cinematographer Dave Drum about some first steps into getting into documentary films. And of course check out more Creative Mind on our blog, Instagram, and YouTube pages. Got a question? Let us know!
30:44
October 13, 2021
What is a Low Budget Film?
What is a Low Budget Film?
In this bonus episode of Creative Mind, we jump into the world of writing, directing and producing for low budget films. We speak with prolific writer-director Doug Campbell about getting a film made in 2 weeks. We also hear from Academy Award nominee Chris Moore on producing films that are well below the Hollywood multi-million dollar budgets. And of course check out more Creative Mind on our blog, Instagram, and YouTube pages. Got a question? Let us know!
30:41
October 06, 2021
Hispanic Artists and Designers
Hispanic Artists and Designers
Antonio Borja is a 2004 BFA graduate from the School of Industrial Design at Academy of Art University. After graduation, Borja went to work utilizing his vast range of skills to launch a professional freelance career, and work for General Motors as a creative designer. He later returned to his alma mater to teach Design Drawing, Transportation Design, and Digital 3D modeling courses. At the Academy, Mr. Borja led the creation of an interdisciplinary collaborative program that gives students hands-on experience working with companies such as NASA, Samsung, Audi, Nissan, Peugeot, Citroen, General Motors, and Jaguar. In this role, he guides students from the schools of Graphic Design, Fashion, Web Design & New Media, and Interior Architecture, to create a holistic vision for the design objectives of the client Michelle Ruby aka Mrbbaby, a Latina born and raised in San Diego, California, uses elements of her heritage as inspiration for her striking and lively art work. Bbaby is heavily influenced by her community, as well as her Puerto Rican/Mexican upbringing. By combining vibrant colors with traditional imagery, MrBbaby is able to uplift her audience and intrigue her viewers. The artist's aim is to bring happiness and joy to her collectors and community, while also having stronger messages intertwined, all of which are open to the viewer's interpretation. And of course check out more Creative Mind on our blog, Instagram, and YouTube pages. Got a question? Let us know!
01:06:58
September 29, 2021
World Building - Richelle Cowan
World Building - Richelle Cowan
Richelle is a dedicated artist based in Denver, Colorado. Having grown up a high-level reader, acute interests in science/nature, and an avid fan of books, movies, and games alike- Being a nerd comes naturally and lead to her fun pen name; NerdBird. It was a simple decision to pursue a professional art degree to become even more immersed in the development of new and beloved universes. She graduated proudly in Spring 2021 from the Academy of Art University with her desired Bachelors of Fine Art in Illustration. Within her degree she covered many topics like Fantasy Illustration, Concept Art, Sequential Art, World Building, and even tailored her Liberal Arts to partake in advanced writing courses for Script and Fiction writing. What was not planned, but highly regarded, was her immersion in extracurricular activities like the Drawaholics Anonymous and mentoring programs. Not hesitating to help out fellow students where needed, or contribute her non-art related skills to help build the Drawaholics community. The group itself is based around the 2,500 Drawing Challenge and since her time in leadership the community has seen a consistent level of growth and activity. She contributed greatly to their goal "Creating a Culture of Excellence." Check out Richelle's work here - https://www.nerdbirdsstudio.com/ And of course check out more Creative Mind on our blog, Instagram, and YouTube pages. Got a question? Let us know!
59:05
September 22, 2021
What is a Creative? - A Look into the Business of Art
What is a Creative? - A Look into the Business of Art
“Creative is an interesting profession because it's a little bit like singing in the shower. Everybody thinks they can sing because they have a voice in the same way that everybody thinks that they're a chef because they have a mouth and everybody thinks they're a graphic designer because they have eyes,” says creative director and former podcast guest Jonathan Deiss. He goes on to point out about the idea of being a creative is hard for some to grasp. “The truth is it's a profession where the professional ethos and the things you learn as a professional are not immediately obvious to a person looking in from the outside.” So, what is a creative then? How do you explain what you do? Can you? On this episode, we get some great advice from Funko creative director Reis O'Brien, illustrator and concept artist Jeremy Saliba, Virtual production VFX artist Charmaine Chan, and stop motion artist Aaron Guadamuz. And of course check out more Creative Mind on our blog, Instagram, and YouTube pages. Got a question? Let us know!
22:13
September 21, 2021
Funko Creative Director - Reis O'Brien
Funko Creative Director - Reis O'Brien
Do you ever wonder who gets to be in charge of making the Pops and toys you love? Well, on this episode we tear open the vinyl to feast on the creative goo that is Funko Creative Director, Reis O'Brien. Covered in tattoos, with a deep love for death metal, and cutesy folk art, Reis walks us through his career from slaving away in the world of illustration to creating toys and vinyl pops that we all know and love. Along the way, Reis gives us some of the best advice on how to look at yourself as an artist, find the spark that you need to move forward with an idea, and be comfortable in your own designs. A great episode for everyone looking to find a bit of mentorship along the way. And of course check out more Creative Mind on our blog, Instagram, and YouTube pages. Got a question? Let us know!
01:12:02
September 01, 2021
Fine Art Painter - Rodney Thompson
Fine Art Painter - Rodney Thompson
From the artist - My current series is an exploration of the challenges people can experience with mental health and how the world continues to operate around individuals despite their struggle. Like many, I have experienced my own relationship with depression and anxiety throughout my lifetime. Yet, we often fail to recognize it culturally. The figures I paint have their heads wreathed in fire and are placed in scenes where their obvious condition goes unnoticed. I began this series depicting my own personal battles with severe depression, though it resonates with others’ experiences as well. I use either oil paint or charcoal when creating my pieces. With oil I’m able to create a thick and heavy impasto texture to insinuate the movement of flame. The heavy texture also shows the weight of the flame that is consuming the individual, while simultaneously creating an aesthetically pleasing surface. My work is based in realism but leans toward surrealism by exposing our unconsciousness. “A Path of Destruction” depicts an individual walking through a high desert with his head engulfed in flame. He is disoriented and unaware of the pillar of smoke behind him and the fire covering his head. Even though he is on fire he is continuing down his path. My intent is to show the many experiences we have with the debilitating effects of depression, as well as our potential resiliency to withstand being in the fire. My hope is to create advocacy for mental health awareness through my work. Check out Rodney's work here - https://www.rodneythompsonart.com And of course check out more Creative Mind on our blog, Instagram, and YouTube pages. Got a question? Let us know!
45:06
August 19, 2021
Fine Art Painter - Caroline Baca-Vecchio
Fine Art Painter - Caroline Baca-Vecchio
Caroline Baca-Vecchio, a Latina visual artist from Fresno, received her Bachelors in Art from Fresno State University. She is currently pursuing an MFA degree in Painting and Drawing from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Her creative process involves the exploration of the part of us that finds happiness and contentment in the simple things in life, the joy and wonder of just being here, flying a kite, or viewing a polished river stone. Caroline has worked to guide the next generation of creative youth as an Art educator in K-12 schools for over 10 years. She has taught art to students in Germany, Okinawa, and Tokyo, Japan, and back in her hometown of Fresno. Caroline has shown her work locally and has curated shows for her students in Fresno and abroad. http://www.carolinebacavecchio.com/ And of course check out more Creative Mind on our blog, Instagram, and YouTube pages. Got a question? Let us know!
54:17
August 04, 2021
VFX & 3D Animation at StudioX - with Catherine Tate & Sasha Korellis
VFX & 3D Animation at StudioX - with Catherine Tate & Sasha Korellis
Sign up for the free webinar and StudioX tour with the link below. This is open to anyone interested in the VFX industry, you don't need to be a student! https://bit.ly/InsideStudioX_CreativeMind StudioX At the School of Animation & Visual Effects, you will have unique opportunities to interact and collaborate with professionals in the animation industry. For example, there’s “StudioX”—a student-run, faculty-mentored experience that emulates a real-world animation and VFX production environment. Students work with real clients, on real films and games, with real deadlines-and real problems to solve. The “X” in Studio X stands for the valuable eXperience students gain as they prepare for animation careers. Cathrine Tate  Catherine has been a VFX Supervisor and/or compositor on over sixty feature films and shorts, including Academy Award-nominated features, Beasts of the Southern Wild and Theeb. She also was the onset and post-production VFX Supervisor on Fruitvale Station, directed by Ryan Coogler (Creed, Marvel’s Black Panther.) Fruitvale Station also won the audience and grand jury awards at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013. Catherine worked at Industrial Light and Magic for ten years as a compositor and worked on dozens of projects, including “Star Wars,” and “Men in Black.” She also worked at other noted companies including Framestore, London, and Esc Entertainment. Sasha Korellis Sasha Korellis is currently a Production Coordinator in the Academy of Art University’s School of Animation. She is also currently Executive Producer and Head of Content Development for Girl Friday Productions. Previously, she has worked for such companies as Leap Frog Enterprises, There TV, Wild Brain, Carl’s Fine Films, and NVIDIA. She holds a BA in Film & Video with concentrations in producing and editing from Columbia College. Click here to watch the interview with more behind the scenes and making-of footage. Check out more about the programs below -  https://pcaecatalog.academyart.edu/?cmcats=animation-vfx www.instagram.com/animationandvisualeffects www.vimeo.com/animationandvfx
56:35
July 14, 2021
Emmy-winning Director and Stop Motion Artist - Jamie Caliri
Emmy-winning Director and Stop Motion Artist - Jamie Caliri
Jamie Caliri is a director whose recent animated films have garnered an Emmy and three Annie awards, among others. Caliri’s short works include the sweeping end titles for Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, the theatrically released spots for KCRW Los Angeles, and animated spots for United Airlines. Jumping between animation to live action, Jamie took on music videos in the late ’90s including Marcy Playground’s “Sex and Candy” and Morphine’s “Early to Bed”, which earned a Grammy nomination for best music video. After 21 years of professionally directing commercials, music videos, and title sequences, Jamie is now concentrating his efforts on shooting broadcast and feature animation projects with Dragonframe software, for which he is creative director.
01:03:56
July 07, 2021
John "Harv" Harvatine - Crossing Swords, Robot Chicken & Stoopid Buddy Stoodios
John "Harv" Harvatine - Crossing Swords, Robot Chicken & Stoopid Buddy Stoodios
Emmy-winning producer and director, John “Harv” Harvatine IV is a visual storyteller who combines his love of photography with his passion for stop-motion. After starting his career as an animator, Harv quickly learned the ropes from the stop-motion studios he worked at and formed his own production company. Starting in 2003 with Make Out City Studios, Harv created content for the NFL, G4TV and Interscope Records. In 2008, he co-founded Buddy System Studios with Eric Towner, where they created groundbreaking animations for heavyweights such as Disney, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network. Harv partnered with Seth Green, Matthew Senreich and Eric Towner in 2011 to create Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, which produces the longest-running stop-motion show on television, the Emmy-winning Robot Chicken. Most recently, Harv co-created and directed Crossing Swords, which premiered on Hulu in June and directing Gloop World, which will be released soon. And of course check out more Creative Mind on our blog, Instagram, and YouTube pages. Got a question? Let us know!
55:45
June 30, 2021
Two Distant Strangers Producer - Mike Shafia
Two Distant Strangers Producer - Mike Shafia
Mike Shafia is co-producer of the Oscar-winning film “Two Distant Strangers.” For over 10 years Mike has managed content production with an innate ability to lead multiple projects simultaneously, deliver on time, and relentlessly uphold creative vision. Highly organized, proactive, self-motivated, and adaptable - Mike can ‘see around the corner’ and identify communication, logistical, and scheduling challenges.  Mike Shafia is also the producer for Cinedyne Films. Cinedyne Films is a full-service agency of productivity. Aside from simply being a content creation entity, our overall mission is to foster a proactive, positive environment within the community and provide opportunities for growth; via our PA tutorial videos, after-school production classes for kids, and gig referral services. We emphasize effective clientele communication and hold the principle of "Occam's razor"in high regard, allowing us to ensure a project outcome that meets the highest standards of quality, while staying within the specified fiscal and temporal parameters. From this place of understanding, it is a simple matter to visualize the action, then actualize the vision. And of course check out more Creative Mind on our blog, Instagram, and YouTube pages. Got a question? Let us know!
56:47
June 23, 2021
Video Game Environment Artist Panel
Video Game Environment Artist Panel
Creating a character for a video game can seem like the pinnacle of design, but in games like Ghosts of Tsushima and Assasin's Creed, the world you inhabit, the environment makes the game. Imagine playing GTA and it is just some "Any City, USA", and you will see the importance of good environment design in video games. What does it take to really understand and succeed in environment design? On this episode we talk with artist and game designers Lourde Canavati, Maddie Christian, and Kuko Cai, all working on projects at AAA video game developers and hear how they bring video game environments to life through 3D modeling techniques, color, texture, shaders, and lighting to give the environment a finished look. And of course check out more Creative Mind on our blog, Instagram, and YouTube pages. Got a question? Let us know!
48:41
June 16, 2021
Angie Anett - Live Event Motion Designer
Angie Anett - Live Event Motion Designer
Angie Annett started out on an internship for the San Francisco Giants that lead to creating all graphic design and animation project content for the scoreboard, web, and television. Which lead to creating innovative, original graphic takeovers for up to 30 different special events at AT&T Park, including Pixar, Star Wars, and Metallica Day. Not a bad start for an animation graduate who wanted to create her own theme park. Now Angie is creating a deep, virtual esports experience for Blizzard. Take a listen to her career path and just what it takes to entertain and inform a stadium full of fans. And of course check out more Creative Mind on our blog, Instagram, and YouTube pages. Got a question? Let us know!
46:27
June 09, 2021
Senior Recruiter Industrial Light & Magic - Lori Beck
Senior Recruiter Industrial Light & Magic - Lori Beck
Lori Beck is a Senior Recruiter with Industrial Light & Magic. She has been with the Lucas companies since 1992, beginning her tenure at LucasArts then moving on to ILM five years later. In 2005, Lori transitioned from supporting artists to recruiting artists. She recruits for various roles across the company while focusing on animation, fx, lighting, modeling, texturing, and art roles. And of course check out more Creative Mind on our blog, Instagram, and YouTube pages. Got a question? Let us know!
39:46
June 02, 2021
SKYWALKER - A Family At War Author - Kristin Baver
SKYWALKER - A Family At War Author - Kristin Baver
Kristin Baver is the author of the new book Skywalker: A Family At War, a biographical account covering three generations in the first family of Star Wars, available wherever books are sold including a signed edition on sale at Green Apple Books in San Francisco. Kristin Baver is a journalist who loved science fiction before she could even write her own name. (Seriously, she was a card-carrying member of the Star Wars Fan Club when she had no other real reason to own a wallet.) Now she gets paid to pen stories and book reviews, interview fellow fans, writers, and other interesting people, and aspires to one day craft a Boushh disguise and join the ranks of the 501st Legion. You can follow Kristen on Instagram here. And of course check out more Creative Mind on our blog, Instagram, and YouTube pages.
54:15
May 26, 2021
Star Wars Art Director - Amy Beth Christenson
Star Wars Art Director - Amy Beth Christenson
Amy Beth Christenson started her career with Lucasfilm fresh out of college, where she combined her two childhood obsessions — Star Wars and video games — into one dream job. With LucasArts, Christenson had a hand in the design for titles like Star Wars: Starfighter, The Force Unleashed, and its sequel. From there, she moved into TV animation, working on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, before being promoted to senior concept designer for Star Wars Rebels. There she helped to define the aesthetics of the show and designed some of its most distinct breakout characters including Grand Admiral Thrawn. - StarWars.com You can find more of her work on Artstation and her Website. Check out our blog, Instagram, YouTube page for more content.
01:04:10
May 19, 2021
Star Wars & Concept Artist - Jeremy Saliba
Star Wars & Concept Artist - Jeremy Saliba
Your assignment is to watch movies, read comic books, and play video games to the point that you become so obsessed with them that everything you ever see, read, or play again becomes part of your vernacular. So much so, that you cannot have normal conversations about pop culture without offering unwarranted and unending critiques. But on this episode of Creative Mind, our guest, concept artist Jeremy Saliba makes the point several times to be careful and never, “yuck someone’s yum.” Jeremy Saliba received his BFA in Illustration with an emphasis in 2D animation from Academy of Art University in 2003. He later joined the Academy as a part-time instructor in 2007, spearheading new curricula that integrated Wacom Cintiq technology and becoming Online Curriculum coordinator for the School of Visual Development in 2014. Jeremy is also a cover artist for Dynamite Entertainment and worked as the art director for the graphic novel Ultrasylvania. He works as a digital artist, concept artist, and character designer – and Star Wars takes a strong foothold in that space, but that is not the only reason we are talking to him.    Jeremy is a strong proponent of developing your taste as an artist. Which can border on being ironic if you are an artist who wants to work on comic books, sci-fi tv shows, or video games – those mediums that are now finally getting their reverence after so many years. Forty years on, Star Wars is now a beautifully accepted genre unto its own, showcasing “The Hero’s Journey” and philosophical questions about race, life, and religion. The stuff so-called real art has tackled for eons. And on this episode, Jeremy does a great job giving all artists permission to the guidance to nerd out the right way to turn your fandom into a skillset.    See more of Jeremey’s work here -   https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Artist/Art-of-Jeremy-Saliba-553053511738836/  https://disneyartonmain.com/collections/artist-jeremy-saliba
52:32
May 12, 2021
Virtual Production & VFX - Charmaine Chan (“The Mandalorian,” “Star Wars Andor”)
Virtual Production & VFX - Charmaine Chan (“The Mandalorian,” “Star Wars Andor”)
“A lot of times I actually tell a lot of the artists on my team to literally turn off your computer step away and go outside. It's just one of those things where you get so much inspiration by things in the real world. I can literally sit on a bench somewhere and just stare at the corner of a building and see how the light just goes across that building throughout the day.  It's just one of those things that I find very relaxing and being able to just like study how light interacts with a lot of things in real life.”   Light. The basis for film, photography, and the main ingredient in compositing and visual effects. It is no wonder that our guest on this episode of Creative Mind, Charmaine Chan, has spent over 14 years at Industrial Light and Magic. Today, Charmaine can be found in London working as Lead Compositor for feature films, television, theme park rides, AR/VR, and real-time compositing on set for shows like Disney’s The Mandalorian, Star Wars Andor, and The Batman. Light is her medium.   “Just being able to capture a moment. when you see that light still it's like,’ Let's then deconstruct it. What's going on in this image?’ So, for me, I constantly refer to what I see out my window because it will always come back to you.”   Working at the crossroads of technology and art Charmaine offers up plenty of great advice to give students and working professionals on what it takes to work as a VFX artist, where virtual sets are headed (and how to take advantage of them), and how to survive as a working compositor.   You can view her reel here - https://vimeo.com/318665903 And visit her website here - https://www.charmainechan.net
49:17
May 04, 2021
Illustrating Peace & Equality - Creating Diverse Children's Books
Illustrating Peace & Equality - Creating Diverse Children's Books
10 Teams. 4 Weeks. 2 Words. 1 Incredible book collection.  https://www.roomtoread.org/p-e-book-collection/ The Peace & Equality Book Collection brought together diverse writers and illustrators from the United States to create 10 books in just four weeks. The books, aimed at children ages 3-8, explore themes related to creating a more peaceful and just world, with the goal of recognizing the work we must continue to do as a society to create social, political, economic, and cultural systems grounded in peace and equality.  Four Academy of Art grads were tapped to illustrate four titles and Academy instructor Julie Downing served as an art advisor for the project. In this special episode, we get to hear from them and the authors of these unique and fascinating books. For more about these great artists and authors check out their websites.   Illustrators - Kris Duran - https://krisduran.com/ Peili Huang - https://www.peiliart.com/ Samantha Jo Phan - https://www.samjophan.com/ Authors -   Dr. Artika R. Tyner - https://www.artikatyner.com/ Mon Trice - https://www.montrice.net/ Jocelyn Argueta - https://www.linkedin.com/in/jocelynargueta/ Julie Downing - https://www.juliedowning.com
31:02
April 28, 2021
Fine Art Painter - Jess Velarde
Fine Art Painter - Jess Velarde
Jess Velarde is an oil painter known for using rhythmic brushwork and rich color to create scenes that bring moments of beauty, transcendence, and inspiration into everyday spaces. Born and raised on California’s Central Coast, early exposure to the arts and a deep connection to the beauty of the natural world shaped the direction of her work — evident in her early landscapes as well as her current botanical and figurative paintings. Her art embraces the materiality of oils on canvas through brave, textural interpretations of light and shadow that straddle the line between realism and impressionism. While knowing she wanted to pursue painting from a young age, Jess worked as a professional photographer for eight years before returning to school to earn her MFA in Painting from Academy of Art University, where she also studied in Florence, Italy. She now works full-time as a Fine Artist, creating paintings for collectors around the world from her home studio in Los Angeles. Check out our special video episode where Jess walks us through her website and e-commerce site setup - https://youtu.be/IOb9pKV1VE4 Website: www.jessvelarde.com Online Store: https://jess-velarde-art.myshopify.com Instagram: @jessvelardeart Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jessvelardeart
39:45
April 21, 2021
Fine Art Painter - Lucas Bononi
Fine Art Painter - Lucas Bononi
Lucas Bononi received his BFA in Painting at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco in 2016. Lucas’s current body of work is an exploration of the ontology that exists between man and his surroundings. He often employs both traditional and contemporary methods to his artmaking and feeling both energies at work within him they tell his story. Lucas has exhibited in numerous group and juried exhibitions across the U.S and internationally. He was awarded First Place in the Portrait Society of America's Annual Members Competition, the Best in Show Award in the BoldBrush Painting Competition, and the Purchase Prize, Best in Show for the Annual Exhibition held at SCNY, NY. In 2019 he was the cover artist for American Art Collector Magazine Sept and has been a featured artist in Fine Art Connoisseur, Southwest Art, American Artist, and International Artist Magazine among other publications. You can view Lucas Bononi’s work here - https://www.lucasbononi.com/ And on his Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/lucasbononiart
58:50
April 14, 2021
Painter & Fine Artist - Craig Nelson
Painter & Fine Artist - Craig Nelson
Since 1970, Dr. Craig Nelson has been depicting figures landscapes, and various environments in rich vibrant oils. His passion for the subjects relates directly to his brushwork, weaving mood and emotion into each work of art. After graduating from Art Center College of Design with distinction, Craig began his career working in Los Angeles for recording companies and motion picture studios, creating portraits and other subjects with strict deadlines. Craig's countless movie posters include "The Cowboys", "Slapshot", and "Homeward Bound" among many others. His album cover credits include, "Sammy Davis Jr. Live", "Rick Nelson, Country" and "Natalie Cole, Thankful" along with many more. Collectors include James Garner, Neil Simon, Toyota Corporation, UCLA Dental and Law School, the U.S. Air Force, UCSF Dental School, and many more. He has won over 200 awards of excellence and several gold medals. The "Arts for the Parks" national competition awarded Craig the Grand Teton Natural History Award for a painting entitled "Dining Alone". His work is collected in the United States, Asia as well as Europe. In 1974 Craig began teaching at Art Center College of Design and for the past 30 years has been sharing his knowledge at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where he is the Executive Director of the School of Fine Art, MFA & BFA, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, and Sculpture. Craig is currently a signature member of the California Art Club and a member of the Portrait Society of America. Craig's books "60 Minutes to Better Painting" and "The Drawing Bible"  published by North Light are now available.  He teaches two to three workshops a year which has gained in popularity attracting students from all over the United States and Europe.   Craig's annual Figurative Painting workshop and his Sonoma Plein Air Painting workshop are held in Santa Rosa, California.  His European Painting workshops have covered many areas throughout Italy and France, Austria, Holland, and the Italian Alps.
01:06:11
April 07, 2021
Story For Animation - Caitlin VanArsdale
Story For Animation - Caitlin VanArsdale
In this episode of Creative Mind, we talk with Caitlin VanArsdale about working as a visual artist, pitching her own ideas to executives, and what newcomers to the world of storyboards should know. We talk about why watching films are so important and why having a certain style is great if you have a dozen or more styles in your bag of tricks to pull from. We also get deep into where animation is headed as the idea of a “cartoon character” has evolved from just something to entertain children. For Caitlin VanArsdale, the world of animation is her home. As a storyboard artist by title Caitlin takes a script and brings it to life for a team of animators, designers, and editors to create a television episode or film. As a creator, a more apt title, Caitlin is finding the emotion and the meaning behind what a character is doing or going to do in just a few frames. On character, Caitlin says, “I always work character out. I never start with a concept and that might sound counterintuitive to a lot of people. Think about all of your favorite stories, your favorite shows, your favorite movies - those are going to be really memorable characters and characters that you either relate to or, learn something that you learned once or, something that triggers an emotion in you.” A look at Caitlin’s credits and it is easy to understand where her thinking lies. She has worked on the Oscar-winning short film Hair Love, the upcoming Spider-man: Into the Spiderverse 2, and done a long stint on The Powerpuff Girls. Although a wide range of visual styles, at their core these properties are touching on our own firsthand experiences, fears, and emotions. Caitlin points out, “I think for a very long-time animation has sort of been forced into the whole of this is kid stuff. And if you look at animation as a medium, instead of a genre it opens up the doors to do literally anything. You can make a horror film, you can make an epic, you can make whatever you want.” To see more of Caitlin VanArsdale’s work check out – Website: cachava.net Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cachava/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/cachavaa
52:44
March 30, 2021
Muralist - Michelle 'MRBBABY' Ruby
Muralist - Michelle 'MRBBABY' Ruby
MICHELLE 'MRBBABY' RUBY A Latina born and raised in San Diego, California, Michelle Ruby aka Mrbbaby, uses elements of her heritage as inspiration for her striking and lively art work. Bbaby is heavily influenced by her community, as well as her Puerto Rican/Mexican upbringing. By combining vibrant colors with traditional imagery, MrBbaby is able to uplift her audience and intrigue her viewers. The artist's aim is to bring happiness and joy to her collectors and community, while also having stronger messages intertwined, all of which are open to the viewer's interpretation. You can find more of her work here - https://www.instagram.com/mrbbaby/
37:19
March 17, 2021
Lead Animator - Kim Ferrari
Lead Animator - Kim Ferrari
“Dive in and make yourself available because there is a tendency as an artist to just try and hone your skills before you put your vulnerable self out there.  So what if the first two rounds don't go that well? You're going to learn a ton from them and keep building.” On this episode of Creative Mind, we talk about Kim’s journey right out of school to landing a role that is both rewarding to her and children. Kim Ferrari, who received her Master of Art in 2D Animation, knows first-hand that a career as an animator is a marathon of twists and turns. Before she even graduated she was working at Bento Box Entertainment in Atlanta, GA finishing up her degree online and her thesis project, Sisters, all at the same time. What seems like an impossible quest is just how the precarious work-life balance is for a freelance artist. From the jump, Kim worked at some eclectic animation houses including Titmouse, Ghostbot and others. Her credits include the shows The Awesomes, Future Worm, Whisker Haven Tales and other corporate clients. But it is her role now, lead animator for Duck Duck Moose/Khan Academy where Kim was able to find a home and be the animator and mentor she wants to be. With the release of Khan Academy Kids, she has been able to put her love for education to use as well as be everyone’s favorite manager. And be sure to watch Sisters her thesis film co-produced with her sister Ciara on Academy Flix
48:04
March 03, 2021
Biographer & Writer - Keith Ryan Cartwright
Biographer & Writer - Keith Ryan Cartwright
KEITH RYAN CARTWRIGHT is a journalist, advocate for public education, libraries and independent bookstores, and an occasional adjunct professor of journalism for the College of Media and Entertainment at Middle Tennessee State University. He has interviewed a former president; two Nobel Laureates; Congressional and military leaders; Fortune 500 executives, entrepreneurs and innovators; Grammy, Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Pulitzer Prize winners; members of the Rock & Roll and County Music halls of fame; Olympic gold medalists; philanthropists and a humanitarian, who lived in a teepee. For more than 13 years, Cartwright has chronicled professional bull riding, rodeo and the Western way of life. “Black Cowboys of Rodeo” is his second book.
50:08
February 24, 2021
What is Intellectual Property? - A Quick Creative Mind Guide
What is Intellectual Property? - A Quick Creative Mind Guide
As designers it is our fundamental responsibility to create innovative solutions to problems and opportunities. The output is often powerful, provocative and, in some cases, valuable. Attorney Lloyd Dakin discusses with industrial design students issues concerning patents, utility patents and copyright laws covering everything from phone designs, sculpture, fashion and more. ***Disclaimer: The Purpose of this Presentation is to provide News and Information on Legal Issues. All content provided is for Informational Purposes Only, and should NOT be considered legal advice. The presentation of this information does NOT establish an Attorney-Client Relationship with the listener. The listener should NOT act on the information presented or in the distributed materials without first consulting legal counsel. If you desire legal advice for a particular situation, you should separately consult an attorney.
52:56
February 17, 2021
Book Marketer - Hannah Moushabeck
Book Marketer - Hannah Moushabeck
“Books, can be such an incredible way to help children along the way, and it's such a quieter and healthier way than television or movies where commercial gains is much more prominent in that industry as opposed to books, which has a more of a noble quest.” On this episode of Creative Mind, we talk with book marketer Hannah Moushabeck. She is a first-generation Palestinian American and a second-generation book nerd. Born into Interlink Publishing, a family-run publishing company, she learned the value of literature at a young age. A 2020 Publishers Weekly Star Watch Honoree, and current member of the executive board of the Boston Teen Author Festival, Hannah has also worked editing and marketing children’s books for Chronicle Books, Interlink Publishing, and The Quarto Group. With that background Hannah brings a wealth of knowledge to one of the most important steps in the world of books, getting books into the hands of readers. You can find Hannah online here – Twitter @hmoushabeck Instagram @hannahmoushabeck
54:05
February 10, 2021
Criminologist & Children's Book Author - Dr. Ashley Wellman
Criminologist & Children's Book Author - Dr. Ashley Wellman
Dr. Ashley Wellman is a professor of Criminal Justice. The Girl Who Dances with Skeletons is her first children's book. In addition, she has written a forthcoming young adult fantasy novel. Her most important and fulfilling role is being mom to her daughter, Reagan, their skeleton crew, and pup, Sophie. Ashley has a passion for photography, travel, and working with children.  From Dr. Wellman's website "When faced with the tragic loss of my husband in 2018, my dearest friend challenged me to take a break and write for my soul. There was one rule: find joy in what you are writing. What started as a means to survive trauma evolved into a way to heal. Today, writing serves as a gift, allowing me to tap into what really matters: creating a meaningful, happy, and magical life for my family. My daughter's innocence and light  inspire embrace uncertainty, break boundaries, and dream bigger. The result... stories to thrill, move, motivate, and entertain." http://myfriendfresno.com/ https://www.ashleywellman.com/
01:07:50
February 03, 2021
Toy Designer & Illustrator - Suzy Ultman
Toy Designer & Illustrator - Suzy Ultman
Suzy Ultman has been creating toys and books for family and friends since childhood. A born storyteller, Suzy is an illustrator, product designer, toy creator, and bookmaker of sophisticated and simple objects that inspire and delight young and old alike. Suzy grew up in Pennsylvania but her life and work have taken her around the world both as a visitor and a resident. From living in Los Angeles to Portland, across the sea to Amsterdam and back to Boston, Suzy’s exploration and immersion into these places influences her work even today. Whether gracing your bookshelf or decorating a nursery, Suzy’s signature products tell a story of connection, community and finding your place within a global family. When she isn’t in her studio folding paper, designing textiles, or creating toys, she can be found strolling through antique shops, finding treasures at flea markets, and communing with nature. She's nested with her husband and three sons in their cozy home in Ohio. Website: https://www.suzyultman.com/ IG: https://www.instagram.com/suzyultman/ Linktree: https://linktr.ee/suzyultman
33:58
January 27, 2021
Children's Book Editor - Taylor Norman
Children's Book Editor - Taylor Norman
“A good picture book should be able to be read by anybody,” says Taylor Norman, editor at Chronicle Books in San Francisco and our guest on the podcast this week. As an editor it is Taylor’s job to find the right manuscript and shepherd it through the process from acquisition to print. No small feat as creating picture books is a multimillion-dollar industry creating memories that last a lifetime. Getting you book in front of a publisher like Taylor requires you as the author/illustrator to become immersed in the field. This is not a quick output, or one-off idea to try. The work you create can fill libraries and enter the world of “literature”. Talking to parents is the first step if you think you have a good idea. “I think as a parent, you want the right book for the right moment at all of your moments. And there's tons of melodrama in one day in a kid's life. And ideally, the picture books that get published address those types of moments in a kid's life,” Taylor says. As far as the books she is looking, “I'm interested in books that have a purpose because they're authentic and they tell a true story that a kid will respond to.”
01:34:10
January 20, 2021
Creative Mind - Introduction with host Bobby Brill
Creative Mind - Introduction with host Bobby Brill
Being an artist is lifetime adventure. I know that sounds pretty lofty and idealistic, but in reality, that should be your goal – a lifetime creating with a nice paycheck to go along with it. On each episode of Creative Mind, I talk with some amazing working artists - illustrators, video game designers, art directors – and we talk about how to build a career and keep it going, what skills you should develop, and what your investment in art school is really about. My name is Bobby Brill and I started this podcast for two reasons – one, to get to talk to some really cool artists. It is so important in your career to hear what other artists are doing, what is trending and what path to take when your career pivots, because it will. For example, I went to art school and studied painting but make a living writing and directing videos. So, getting the right advice from the right people to help your career flourish is key. And the cool thing is many of our guests are faculty and alumni of Academy of Art University. The other reason is to help students and their support team – parent, relatives, the people helping pay for your education – to understand what an art school education looks likes. To answer those questions that are gnawing away in the back of your mind. Can my kid really earn a living making video games? The quick answer to that is Yes – and I wish I was working in video games as that is the most exciting content being made for the last 30 years. So if you are thinking about going to an art school or looking for that nugget of advice to keep your career moving forward take a listen to my podcast - Creative Mind.
01:40
January 13, 2021
 Art Licensing for Products - Shari Warren
Art Licensing for Products - Shari Warren
If you have ever walked through any retail store whether it be a Bed, Bath & Beyond, a Home Depot or even a supermarket, the more astute artist will recognize an abundance of graphic elements and illustrations on the packaging, cups, tools, wall art, coffee mugs, and more. The more cynical artist will say, “I could have done that!” Well, yes could have but you didn’t. And that is basically our fault. So much the freelance life of an artist and designer is chasing down work-for-hire, one-off freelance jobs. These are great but these are often buyouts and one-time payments. The thought of licensing your artwork, in the most layman of terms “renting it” to a company has never crossed our minds or been something we even thought was possible. This is where Shari Warren brings in her expertise. On this episode of Creative Mind, artist and art licensing expert Shari Warren walks us through the business and creative side of art licensing. Often touted, but not exactly wrong, as “making money while you sleep”, licensing is about selling your artwork to a client for a certain length of time, print run, product numbers or SKUs, and/or usages. Think of it as your drawing on a series of coffee mugs, coffee plates and coffee bean canisters. Without thinking too hard you can start to see that as an artist we are often leaving money on the table by not exploring the world with an eye toward trends and seasonal experiences. As an artist and illustrator living in Northern California, Shari has a life-long passion to create artwork that makes people smile. “I use a variety of media, both traditional and digital, to create my work and love to experiment with different artistic techniques. That said, all of my artwork begins with good old-fashioned pencil and paper,” she says. Her professional background is in the publishing and software industries working as an Illustrator, Graphic Designer and Art Director. Today, she devotes her career to staying up on current consumer trends and creating art collections for consumer products that I hope people will enjoy and buy. At the Academy of Art, she teaches “Illustration for Consumer Products and Licensing”, a business and portfolio development class, where students learn how to research the retail market, identify current trends to create original art collections for licensing to companies, create a professional portfolio website and marketing materials, and learn about art business basics. Topics covered include creating marketable art collections and product mock-ups for their portfolio to license to manufacturers and publishers who make consumer retail products and to create their own products. As well as evaluating their own illustration style and how it relates to specific product categories, customer demographics and how to "create art that sells". You can see more of Shari Warren work here - https://www.shariwarren.com
46:59
December 16, 2020
Creativity & Entrepreneurship with Jonathan Deiss
Creativity & Entrepreneurship with Jonathan Deiss
“I think one of the things about the creative professions in general is built into them inherently is problem solving. If you want to become, say a biologist, really what you're doing as a biologist is you're discovering things that already exist. As a creative you're inventing things that don't exist.” Creative director and entrepreneur Jonathan Deiss has had a very unique career. After being accepted to Ivy League schools to study architecture, eventually graduating with a Master’s Degree from UCLA, Jonathan headed down the path to deign buildings. However, it was what become known as Web 1.0/2.0 that attracted him more, to work in burgeoning world of websites and digital design. Jonathan realized, “Education isn't just about what you're learning. It's also about learning to learn.” Over the years Jonathan rose up the ranks of advertising agencies like Tribal DDB, Dailey & Associates, Trailer Park, TBWA Chiat Day, The Ant Farm, mOcean, Real Pie, Mojo, Publicis, Leo Burnett and Sapient. He has overseen accounts for Activision, Clearwire, Wells Fargo, Epson, ESPN, Warner Brothers, Disney, Kia, Mutual of Omaha, Disney, Paramount, Fox, and Sony to name a few. He’s done a lot of TV, film and video game marketing as well as traditional marketing. He then went “client side” and helmed creative for Beachbody globally and was responsible for all creative department business including, not only all design direction, but also department budgeting and administration, talent acquisition and retention, and product development. When talking about all of the projects he has worked on and projects he has overseen, Jonathan points out, “You have to learn the discipline of learning in order to succeed in life. One of the ways that I've succeeded is by having a hunger for figuring things out. And the only way you get hungry about figuring things out is if you train yourself over the course of your life from childhood, to have an interest in discovery to have curiosity, to be interested in new things, new ideas, new information.” That curiosity led to Jonathan creating two new ventures, two projects that could not be more different from each other. TheThrillStudio.com is the home 3D printed orcs, dragons and wizards. Micowilderness.com is the home to spiders that are as large as your hand. When we talked it was hard not to chuckle at the idea of spiders but Jonathan said something very wise, “Whether or not you're going to be a great professional in whatever industry you choose is going to be more based on your work ethic, your, your intelligence, your ability to problem solve and your attitude.” And he is right. So, enjoy this episode of Creative Mind. To contact Jonathan Deiss head over to his website - http://jonathandeiss.com For the latest in 3D printed collectibles – http://thethrillstudio.com For all the creepy crawlies – https://www.microwilderness.com
59:32
December 09, 2020
Stop Motion Artist & Musician - Aaron Guadamuz
Stop Motion Artist & Musician - Aaron Guadamuz
As an artist your career will last your lifetime, at least that should be the plan. And what you study in school may not always be what you do all the time. New opportunities come up, new technologies are developed, sometimes you find out that you are good at something you never even thought of. On this episode of Creative Mind, Bobby Brill talks with Aaron Guadamuz – he is a musician, stop motion artist, animator, curator and technologist if we can be so bold. In short Aaron is a working artist, and an artist working in the contemporary art scene as well. That hard to understand often frustrating world of art that few people like and even fewer “get” right now. Aaron Guadamuz is a Bay Area native, illustrator, animator, musician, photographer and handyman who lives and works in San Francisco, CA. He has worked closely with a number companies, organizations, and record labels including the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Trouper Films, Sega of America, Sony, Namco, Napster, Stones Throw, Sargent House and Insect Records. Always with an ear to the ground for the strange and obscure, he works with a variety of underground and mainstream artists and filmmakers.  He is one third of the art rock outfit Father Howl and a contributing writer and editor for Gowanus Film Society in Los Angeles.
48:52
December 02, 2020
Ravi Sawhney - Psycho Aesthetics
Ravi Sawhney - Psycho Aesthetics
Ravi Sawhney is the CEO of RKS Design & Innovation. In 2020 RKS Design celebrates 40 years of disrupting the design marketplace. Ravi has lead RKS Design to the forefront of product and technical innovation globally. He is a highly respected designer, author, entrepreneur and speaker. He has written a powerful and compelling book called Predictable Magic. His proprietary research methodology called Psycho-Aesthetics which is highly regarded and is the foundation of thinking that his team uses with their clients. He has created many successful startups along the way. He is also the Founder and CEO of LoanGifting which addresses how to relieve student debt for Americans.
26:52
November 18, 2020
The State of Virtual reality with Philip Kauffold
The State of Virtual reality with Philip Kauffold
Phillip Kauffold studied animation at the Art Institute of California-San Francisco, then got his start in games working on Tomb Raider: Anniversary at Crystal Dynamics. While animating the Tomb Raider games, he also started rigging characters and props, and eventually managed the cinematics pipeline. Following that, he worked on a variety of mobile games at DeNA – San Francisco such as We Rule, We City, and Dreamtopia. He also worked freelance on other projects, such as an avatar system designed to help people with hospital discharge instructions. Phil started teaching character and creature rigging at Academy of Art University in 2012, and has developed curriculum for technical animation, animation, and virtual reality.
01:02:06
November 11, 2020
Video Game Programmer - David "Rez" Graham
Video Game Programmer - David "Rez" Graham
David “Rez” Graham is the Director of Game Programming at The Academy of Art University and a senior AI programmer currently working independently on a self-funded unannounced project. He has worked in the games industry as an engineer since 2005 spending most of that time working on various kinds of AI, from platformer enemy AI to full simulation games. Most recently, he was the Lead AI Programmer on The Sims 4 at Maxis. Prior to that, he worked at PlayFirst, Slipgate Ironworks, Planet Moon Studios, and Super-Ego Games. He is the co-author of Game Coding Complete, 4th Edition, has two articles in Game AI Pro, one article in the upcoming Game AI Pro 3, and regularly speaks at The Game Developers Conference. Rez spends his free time acting and running tabletop RPGs.
01:15:14
November 04, 2020
How Video Games are Made
How Video Games are Made
Concept Art Lead Michael Buffington and UI/UX Lead Greg Eichholzer lead us on the hero's journey into game design. What it takes, the skill needed, the type of jobs, the pay for those jobs and everything in between. Taken From 2020's AFroComicCon, the virtual event video can also be found on out Youtube page - https://youtu.be/flBfTXi1Itw
01:06:01
October 28, 2020
Illustrator & Educator Robert Revels
Illustrator & Educator Robert Revels
Robert Revels is a seasoned professional artist and University Instructor. Robert’s high attention to detail, ever-evolving skill set, and his commitment to deliver his very best have earned him a reputation that is highly respected. He is expert in 3D Modeling, Illustration,  and both Traditional and Digital Painting. Robert has worked on a variety of projects ranging from children's books to large concert backdrops for artists including Carlos Santana and U2. He is the recipient of numerous awards among them, a Judges Choice Award from the San Francisco and New York Society of Illustrator's. Since 2000, Robert has served on faculty teaching at his alma mater, Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA where he specializes in teaching Illustration. Robert also offers professional contract work and private consulting. Please contact Robert via email at RevelsArt@gmail.com 
57:13
October 21, 2020
Stop Motion Animation with Gillian Hunt
Stop Motion Animation with Gillian Hunt
Gillian Hunt is an artist working in the animation industry as a background painter for 2D animation, and a set dresser, puppet fabricator, scenic painter, and set builder for stop motion animation. Her credits include the upcoming Guillermo Del Toro film Pinocchio, Crossing Swords on Hulu, The Chef show on Netflix, Robot Chicken and more. She give us a tour of the industry and what skills are needed to start working in the tiny world of stop motion animation. Visit her website at www.gillmakesart.com
35:24
October 14, 2020
Children's Book Illustrator - Eda Kaban
Children's Book Illustrator - Eda Kaban
Eda Kaban was born and raised in Turkey with a great passion for drawing, reading, and monkey bars. She has traveled the globe wearing a backpack slightly larger than herself. Her travels brought her to the States where she studied illustration. Her work can be seen in a variety of publications. She has worked with clients such as Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Scholastic, HarperCollins, Chronicle Books, Macmillan, Lufthansa Airlines, Wall Street Journal, and Boston Globe among others. Her illustrations have been recognized by Society of Illustrators, Creative Quarterly, American Illustration and 3X3. She is represented by Shannon Associates and she continues to search for stories through love, laughter, and observations of the people around her. When she is not drawing, you can find her climbing some rocks, or biking the hills of the Bay Area. She currently resides in Oakland happily with her husband, their small son and two Siamese cats, where they continually water their plants too much.
50:28
October 07, 2020
Community Architecture with Sameena Sitabkhan - Creative Mind
Community Architecture with Sameena Sitabkhan - Creative Mind
In this episode of Creative Mind, Sameena walks us through some of B.Lab’s projects in the San Francisco Bay Area including community builds for the NCH Community Garden and Point Perch in Hunters Point. Two projects that were aimed at revitalizing the lower income areas for the existing residents. A collaboration, between students and the actual residents of the area, that gives both groups a chance to find out what is possible, what is needed, and what is wanted.  This thinking is at the soul of B.Lab, the Building Lab design/build program in the School of Architecture. Their goal is to cultivate and foster a spirit of diversity, equity, and advocacy for future public practice among students. Sameena also points out, “Architects don’t get a lot of opportunity to work directly with the client, there is always go betweens.” Such a community-forward venture has equal benefits for the students as well. “Our B.Lab students are working with the clients, with the neighbors, with the communities that are going to be using the piece that we are designing and building.” Sameena points out that for students this is the core of all B.Lab projects. “We are stepping in on a community that doesn’t know us. Where coming in there and we are going to build something and it’s our job to be guests in that community and it’s our job to leave our privilege behind and just listen.” After this crucial step, the community engagement, students can utilize their skills as architects and designers to make something memorable and useful for the community. “Architecture is not something that operates on the space of only one site, Sameena Sitabkhan, the Community Outreach Coordinator for the School of Architecture at Academy of Art University. Sameena goes on to say, “Anything on a site is connected to all parts of the city, and to multiple people, and different things happening around it. In my mind it can be bench that creates public space. That is architecture to me.”
49:16
September 23, 2020
Fred Newman - Master of Sound Effects - Creative Mind
Fred Newman - Master of Sound Effects - Creative Mind
Snap. Wham. Zoink. What does that sound like in your head? What do you visualize when you hear these words said out loud? These mouth sounds , or onomatopoeia if you want to get technical, are the basis for sound effects and sound design and is just one of the tools that sound artist Fred Newman uses to take create an auditory journey, are real theater of the mind, for animations and films. With every zip, zap and scrunch, Fred contorts his face and vocal chords, personifying each sound that he makes. He is a master of this. Throughout his long career as an actor, voice actor, composer, comedian, musician, and singer, Fred has created the voice or sounds of some of our most loved and watched characters. Fred was the voices for both the furry little Mogwai and the slimy green monsters in the 80’s horror flick Gremlins . He was the voice of Skeeter, among others in the long running cartoon franchise Doug . For a more nostalgic generation, he served as the sound effects maestro for the old-time radio homage Prairie Home Companion . The sound scape is Fred Newman’s world. In this episode of Creative Mind, Fred walks us through the concept of sound, why each crinkle and snort leaves a lasting impression on us. How simple, but immediately recognizable sounds, like the trumpet-like blast from an elephant, lock into our consciousness and forever become associated with a felling. It is these feelings that he, and all sound designers and composers are trying to elicit from the listener or viewer all the time. They become layers in a larger audio landscape. And each snort and swish Fred creates out of thin air is a story in and of itself. A must hear, for anyone interested in how sound can guide your thinking and tell a unique story. After you listen head over to our YouTube page to see Fred on stage and in action. For more insights into the world of music, film scores, and sound design check out previous Creative mind episodes with the Director of the School of Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media, Brad Hughes and film composer Gunnard Doboze .
27:11
September 16, 2020
Gunnard Doboze - Film Composer - Bonus Episode Part 2
Gunnard Doboze - Film Composer - Bonus Episode Part 2
In part 2 of this bonus episode of Creative Mind, Director of the School of Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media has a candid conversation with film score composer Gunnard Doboze about what it takes to get into the world of sound design, composing and film scores. Creative Mind features candid conversations with artists, directors, fashion designers, the amazing faculty and alumni from the Academy of Art University and more. Regardless of where you are in your career or if you are just interested in the world of art today, Creative Mind will bring you fresh insights to becoming a successful art student from day one and later a successful working artist after graduation. Creative Mind is hosted by Bobby Brill and produced by the award-winning Academy of Art University team. Get inside the Creative Mind with this fresh podcast out of San Francisco.
30:02
September 09, 2020
Assistant Director James Cho - Creative Mind
Assistant Director James Cho - Creative Mind
Originally from Taiwan, and based in Toronto, when of course he is not out for 6-8 months on location, James Cho serves as assistant director on mainly Chinese film productions. His specialty are films produced outside of China, but for mainly a Chinese-speaking audience. Films like the recently released “THE BRAVEST ”, a big budget firefighter movie being released by Sony Pictures and akin to Ron Howard’s “Backdraft” in its beautifully shot and art directed scenes of fire and destruction and the soon to be released Mandarin-language cop thriller “THE HUNTING ” staring Tony Leung and Olga Kurylenko set in Paris. Not to mention his time with Jackie Chan on “KUNGFU YOGA ”.
37:19
September 02, 2020
Gunnard Doboze - Film Composer - Bonus Episode Part 1
Gunnard Doboze - Film Composer - Bonus Episode Part 1
In part 1 of this bonus episode of Creative Mind, Director of the School of Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media has a candid conversation with film score composer Gunnard Doboze about what it takes to get into the world of sound design, composing and film scores. Creative Mind features candid conversations with artists, directors, fashion designers, the amazing faculty and alumni from the Academy of Art University and more. Regardless of where you are in your career or if you are just interested in the world of art today, Creative Mind will bring you fresh insights to becoming a successful art student from day one and later a successful working artist after graduation. Creative Mind is hosted by Bobby Brill and produced by the award-winning Academy of Art University team. Get inside the Creative Mind with this fresh podcast out of San Francisco.
29:55
August 26, 2020
Antonio Borja - Automotive & Industrial Design
Antonio Borja - Automotive & Industrial Design
Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is one of the largest private accredited art and design schools in the nation. Located in San Francisco, the epicenter of culture and technology, Academy of Art University offers more than 135 accredited degree programs spanning 40 areas of study, including entertainment arts, advertising, fashion, architecture, game development, music, communication, photography and more.    To learn more about Academy of Art University, visit https://www.academyart.edu/   Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/academy_of_art/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/academy_of_art/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AcademyofArtUniversity LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/school/academy-of-art-university/ YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/academyofartu/
01:00:23
August 19, 2020
Inside the World of Documentary Filmmaking
Inside the World of Documentary Filmmaking
In this bonus episode of Creative Mind, we dive in the world of making documentaries. Marjorie Sturm walk us through her film and process for dealing with sensitive subject matter. Executive producer Tod Mesirow explains the art of interviews. We also here from cinematographer Dave Drum about some first steps into getting into documentary films. Creative Mind features candid conversations with artists, directors, fashion designers, the amazing faculty and alumni from the Academy of Art University and more. Regardless of where you are in your career or if you are just interested in the world of art today, Creative Mind will bring you fresh insights to becoming a successful art student from day one and later a successful working artist after graduation. Creative Mind is hosted by Bobby Brill and produced by the award-winning Academy of Art University team. Get inside the Creative Mind with this fresh podcast out of San Francisco. ***** Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is one of the largest private accredited art and design schools in the nation. Located in San Francisco, the epicenter of culture and technology, Academy of Art University offers more than 135 accredited degree programs spanning 40 areas of study, including entertainment arts, advertising, fashion, architecture, game development, music, communication, photography and more. To learn more about Academy of Art University, visit academyart.edu/creativemind Follow us on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn / YouTube
30:03
August 12, 2020
Musician & Composer - Brad Hughes
Musician & Composer - Brad Hughes
Brad Hughes is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, which hosts the annual Grammy Awards, and serves on the Education committee of the NARAS San Francisco chapter.  He holds a BFA in World Arts & Cultures from U.C.L.A., and an MFA in Music from The California Institute of the Arts. When creativity meets innovative technology, art takes on many different shapes and forms. A successful collaboration of the two in a film soundtrack and scoring can lead to the best work results—a symphony of the next century orchestrated on both apps and physical instruments. “Students who come here have a dream. And we empower that dream by providing them with the training and technology to help them grow as artists.” says , director of the School of Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media at the Academy.
01:04:36
August 05, 2020
Inside the World of Low Budget Film
Inside the World of Low Budget Film
In this bonus episode of Creative Mind, we jump into the world of writing, directing and producing for low budget films. We speak with prolific writer-director Doug Campbell about getting a film made in 2 weeks. We also hear from Academy Award nominee Chris Moore on producing films that are well below the Hollywood multi-million dollar budgets.  Creative Mind features candid conversations with artists, directors, fashion designers, the amazing faculty and alumni from the Academy of Art University and more. Regardless of where you are in your career or if you are just interested in the world of art today, Creative Mind will bring you fresh insights to becoming a successful art student from day one and later a successful working artist after graduation. Creative Mind is hosted by Bobby Brill and produced by the award-winning Academy of Art University team. Get inside the Creative Mind with this fresh podcast out of San Francisco. ***** Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is one of the largest private accredited art and design schools in the nation. Located in San Francisco, the epicenter of culture and technology, Academy of Art University offers more than 135 accredited degree programs spanning 40 areas of study, including entertainment arts, advertising, fashion, architecture, game development, music, communication, photography and more. To learn more about Academy of Art University, visit academyart.edu/creativemind Follow us on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn / YouTube
30:00
July 22, 2020
Inside the World of Children's Books
Inside the World of Children's Books
This bonus episode of Creative Mind features Inside the World of Children's Books. Illustrator Julie Downing and author Marissa Moss give some tips and insights into writing and creating images for a children or young adult illustrated book. This bonus episode was originally streamed on Urban Nights Radio, a college radio station produced and managed by the students of the Academy of Art University. Urban Knights Radio is heard around the world and is one of iHeartRadio’s top college radio stations. Listen to Creative Mind on Urban Nights Radio live on Saturday at 9 am or Sunday at 6 pm! https://www.iheart.com/live/urban-knights-radio-6381/ Links: Julie Downing Marissa Moss Urban Nights Radio School of Illustration ***** Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is one of the largest private accredited art and design schools in the nation. Located in San Francisco, the epicenter of culture and technology, Academy of Art University offers more than 135 accredited degree programs spanning 40 areas of study, including entertainment arts, advertising, fashion, architecture, game development, music, communication, photography and more. To learn more about Academy of Art University, visit academyart.edu/creativemind Follow us on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn / YouTube
30:00
July 08, 2020
Master Illustrator - Chuck Pyle
Master Illustrator - Chuck Pyle
In this episode of Creative Mind, we sat down with Chuck Pyle, the director of the School of Illustration to talk about how to work as an artist; how to build your business. When he arrived at San Francisco’s Academy of Art University in 1972, he was an 18-year-old with big plans: Take a few classes at the Academy, then head off to New York, become a famous political cartoonist -- and bring down Nixon.  Chuck Pyle is an internationally sought-after artist, working with clients from New York to Tokyo. His clients include Microsoft, Pacific Bell, Safeway, Avis, Ask Jeeves, Sun Microsystems, Reader’s Digest, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Atlantic Monthly, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, McCall’s, Penguin, Bantam, Book of the Month Club, Houghton Mifflin, Seattle Opera, Nisshin Foods, and the Chicago Museum of Science and Technology. Mr. Pyle received the 2015 Distinguished Educator in the Arts award from the Society of Illustrators. Today, more than 40 years later, he is Director of the Academy’s School of Illustration (a post he’s held since 2003) and one of the university’s most beloved instructors. He continues to guide and inspire thousands of students and is revered for his patience, generosity and refusal to adhere to a one-size-fits-all method of teaching. ***** Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is one of the largest private accredited art and design schools in the nation. Located in San Francisco, the epicenter of culture and technology, Academy of Art University offers more than 135 accredited degree programs spanning 40 areas of study, including entertainment arts, advertising, fashion, architecture, game development, music, communication, photography and more. Follow us on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn / YouTube
01:17:56
July 01, 2020
Anthony Jones - Concept Artist
Anthony Jones - Concept Artist
This bonus episode of Creative Mind features the exclusive talk from Concept Artist, Anthony Jones. This is the highlight from the 2-hour-and-half talk that we provided when he dropped by the School of Game Development to give a live concept art demo. Be sure to check out the full talk and drawing tutorials on the Academy of Art Youtube page: https://youtu.be/BO54xwnxngI Monsters, robots and creatures - the work of concept artist and illustrator Anthony Jones can be found in work produced by Blizzard, Disney, Paramount, Wizards of the Coast, Sony and Fox. He is going to share what it takes to start and maintain the career in today’s game design, concept art and illustration. Born in California, he attended Barstow High School; soon he realized that what he loved the most was the art. Anthony also discovers another vocation such as teaching; after having done dozens of workshops and online tutorials, he creates Robotpencil, a company founded to guide future talents to improve their skills. Links: Anthony Jones Robotpencil The full version of Anthony’s talk School of Game Development ***** Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is one of the largest private accredited art and design schools in the nation. Located in San Francisco, the epicenter of culture and technology, Academy of Art University offers more than 135 accredited degree programs spanning 40 areas of study, including entertainment arts, advertising, fashion, architecture, game development, music, communication, photography and more. To learn more about Academy of Art University, visit academyart.edu/creativemind Follow us on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn / YouTube
42:09
June 24, 2020
Fashion Product Development - Andrea Skillings
Fashion Product Development - Andrea Skillings
In this episode, Bobby and Andrea  Skillings, Fashion Product Development Program Coordinator at Academy of Art University, cover the real-world job of working in fashion - brands, design, international business, and working with factories in the US and overseas.  Andrea explains the critical and theoretical ideas about fashion product development such as technical drawings, industry-standard software, sourcing material, international shipping, factories around the globe...etc. Most importantly, she goes deep into careers in fashion and how you’re actually making money either as a small independent designer or a major big chain. Don’t forget to check out our bonus video for this episode where Andrea takes a tour of a local clothing factory in San Francisco to get a behind the scenes look at how business gets done. Andrea Skillings received an MA in 20th-century fashion from The New School University and a BS in Fashion Merchandising, Textiles and Design from the University of Rhode Island. She joined the Academy of Art University in 2016 as an adjunct instructor and in 2017 was appointed Program Coordinator of the Product Development program. The program, through her leadership, focuses on the tools required to bring a fashion product from a basic concept to designing the product and into the roadmap of the product build. Through critical and theoretical discussions around product development, Skillings advocates empowering her students in developing professional skills that will translate from the classroom to the workplace. Links: Andrea Skillings Bonus video: DAD Sewing Factory tour School of Fashion ***** Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is one of the largest private accredited art and design schools in the nation. Located in San Francisco, the epicenter of culture and technology, Academy of Art University offers more than 135 accredited degree programs spanning 40 areas of study, including entertainment arts, advertising, fashion, architecture, game development, music, communication, photography and more. Follow us on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn / YouTube
01:07:47
June 03, 2020
Documentary Filmmaker - Marjorie Sturm
Documentary Filmmaker - Marjorie Sturm
In this episode of Creative Mind, we deep dive into documentaries. Marjorie Sturm, the director behind “The Cult of JT Leroy”, walks you through how a documentary happens and how a documentary should be made. Marjorie Sturm is an award-winning filmmaker whose films span a broad perspective: narrative, documentary, and experimental. Her film "The Cult of JT Leroy" pierces the heart of this (both figurative and literal) cause celebre. Her film explores the fact and fiction surrounding the rise and fall of JT Leroy, those caught in the elaborate web of artifice and the ultimate real-world consequences. Currently, she teaches documentary editing at Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Links: Marjorie Sturm The Cult of JT Leroy School of Communications and media technology ***** Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is one of the largest private accredited art and design schools in the nation. Located in San Francisco, the epicenter of culture and technology, Academy of Art University offers more than 135 accredited degree programs spanning 40 areas of study, including entertainment arts, advertising, fashion, architecture, game development, music, communication, photography and more. Follow us on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn / YouTube
01:11:27
May 20, 2020
Writer/Director - Doug Campbell
Writer/Director - Doug Campbell
No matter the budget, Doug Campbell can still tell a great story.  In this episode, film director/writer Doug Campbell sat down with the host of Creative Mind podcast, Bobby Brill and Steadicam operator Justin Jach (both former students of Doug's) to discuss the in's and out's of what goes into making a Hollywood feature in less than 15 days, how to work with low budgets, and how to get the most out of your script. And most importantly, how to be a director that runs a set that people want to be on.  Of the 35-plus features Doug has directed, over 20 of them he wrote or co-wrote. Doug grew up in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles, making his first Super-8 when he was 14.  Doug wrote and directed his first feature at age 24. An actor's director, Doug runs a well-organized, fun, fast-paced set, and his films are consistently on-time and on-budget. His films regularly air on Lifetime, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and more. Photo credit - Eugenio Castro  *****  Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is one of the largest private accredited art and design schools in the nation. Located in San Francisco, the epicenter of culture and technology, Academy of Art University offers more than 135 accredited degree programs spanning 40 areas of study, including entertainment arts, advertising, fashion, architecture, game development, music, communication, photography and more. To learn more about Academy of Art University, visit academyart.edu/creativemind Follow us on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn / YouTube
01:02:53
May 06, 2020
Game Development UI/UX Lead - Greg Eichholzer
Game Development UI/UX Lead - Greg Eichholzer
In this episode of Creative Mind, we dig a little bit deeper into the mechanics of gameplay, specifically the UI and UX.  The UI/UX world has grown a lot in the last 10 years and it’s one of the fastest growing segments in the digital industry. We sit down with Greg Eichholzer who has worked on many games and developed a lot of interfaces, and he is going to share some great tips and tricks to help you develop a good UI UX platform for your game. Greg most recently was Associate Art Director at RockYou, Inc. and previously was a Lead Artist at Kabam, Inc. He has animated game elements, illustrated, and designed UI for PC, web games, and mobile games. Notable games Greg has worked on include Dragons of Atlantis, The Godfather: Five Families, Kingdoms of Camelot, Marvel: United, The Fairly OddParents: Shadow Showdown, and Scooby-Doo! Case File #2: The Scary Stone Dragon. Greg is an MFA candidate at Academy of Art University and holds a BFA in Visual Communications from Cazenovia College, NY. ***** Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is one of the largest private accredited art and design schools in the nation. Located in San Francisco, the epicenter of culture and technology, Academy of Art University offers more than 135 accredited degree programs spanning 40 areas of study, including entertainment arts, advertising, fashion, architecture, game development, music, communication, photography and more. To learn more about Academy of Art University, visit academyart.edu/creativemind Follow us on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn / YouTube
01:01:49
April 15, 2020
Esports Team Owner - Andy Miller
Esports Team Owner - Andy Miller
In this bonus episode of Creative Mind, we are welcomed by  Andy Miller, the owner of the San Francisco Shock, the San Francisco-based professional esports team, to dive into the fast-growing esports industry and the impact on society and the job market. Andy is no stranger to technology, having been the Vice President for Mobile Advertising at Apple and co-founder of Remix Media, Inc. and its app Spun, as well as co-founder of start-up vehicle StartingFive. He is also a co-owner of the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association. So, it is no surprise that he is the Chairman and co-owner of NRG Esports, an esports league that is "Fueled by the energy of talented individuals, this particular team represents the concentrated ambition to achieve one goal. That goal: to build the ideal esports team for many years to come." But what does that mean to the average gamer or animation student? Andy breaks down the "camaraderie and competition" that drives players into the fast-growing world of online play. Links: San Francisco Shock The Overwatch league NRG Esports School of Game Development School of Animation & Visual Effects ***** Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is one of the largest private accredited art and design schools in the nation. Located in San Francisco, the epicenter of culture and technology, Academy of Art University offers more than 135 accredited degree programs spanning 40 areas of study, including entertainment arts, advertising, fashion, architecture, game development, music, communication, photography and more. To learn more about Academy of Art University, visit academyart.edu/creativemind Follow us on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn / YouTube
07:41
April 08, 2020
Concept Art Lead - Michael Buffington
Concept Art Lead - Michael Buffington
The world of video games still starts with pencil and paper, and Drawaholic mastermind Michael Buffington is an expert in world-building, or as it is called in the world of design and animation, a Concept Art Lead. In this episode, we go into Michael's early life where he learned success is not just handed to you, all the way up to now as an alum and instructor at the Academy of Art University. It is here at the Academy that he tasked the students to sign a pledge to create over 10,000 drawings as part of the University's student clubs, Drawaholics. ***** Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is one of the largest private accredited art and design schools in the nation. Located in San Francisco, the epicenter of culture and technology, Academy of Art University offers more than 135 accredited degree programs spanning 40 areas of study, including entertainment arts, advertising, fashion, architecture, game development, music, communication, photography and more. To learn more about Academy of Art University, visit academyart.edu/creativemind Follow us on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn / YouTube Photo Credit – Eugenio Castro
01:12:41
April 01, 2020
Children's Book Author and Illustrator - Julie Downing
Children's Book Author and Illustrator - Julie Downing
Julie Downing is a prolific children's book illustrator and author with over 50 titles on bookshelves to date. Bobby and Julie discuss her over 30-year career working solely in the world of children and young adult publications. Visit her website to see more of Julie's work and you can even take her class at Academy of Art University! Links: Julie Downing Illustration ***** Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is one of the largest private accredited art and design schools in the nation. Located in San Francisco, the epicenter of culture and technology, Academy of Art University offers more than 135 accredited degree programs spanning 40 areas of study, including entertainment arts, advertising, fashion, architecture, game development, music, communication, photography and more. To learn more about Academy of Art University, visit academyart.edu/creativemind Follow us on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn / YouTube Photo Credit – Eugenio Castro
49:36
March 18, 2020
Author & Illustrator Marissa Moss
Author & Illustrator Marissa Moss
For over 20 years, Marissa Moss has been delighting children and young adults with her stories of heroic women, and one particular young girl, Amelia. In this bonus episode of Creative Mind, Marissa talks about the steps aspiring authors need to take when creating historical nonfiction, a genre that mixes a bit of literary magic into real life events. A great quick primer for anyone wanting to work in children’s books. This content originally appeared as part of the Academy of Art University’s class series ILL 318: Writing for Picture Books. ***** Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is one of the largest private accredited art and design schools in the nation. Located in San Francisco, the epicenter of culture and technology, Academy of Art University offers more than 135 accredited degree programs spanning 40 areas of study, including entertainment arts, advertising, fashion, architecture, game development, music, communication, photography and more. To learn more about Academy of Art University, visit academyart.edu/creativemind Follow us on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn / YouTube
19:18
February 27, 2020
Art Director & Illustrator - Krystal Lauk
Art Director & Illustrator - Krystal Lauk
Krystal Lauk - Art director & Illustrator Krystal Lauk is an art director, illustrator, and the owner of the San Francisco-based boutique agency, Krystal Lauk Studios, and a graduate of the Academy of Art University. In this episode, Krystal tells us about her journey from Arizona, where here interests were in more surrealist painting as seen magazines like Juxtapoz, to her move to San Francisco after an eye-opening visit to the Academy’s Spring Show. And it was after graduation from the Academy of Art University, when Krystal took the leap to start her own agency and began working with some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley's tech world. Her insights into the world of illustration, branding, and marketing provide some of the best tips for students and professionals alike. You can find more information and contact Krystal through her website here - Krystal Lauk Studios Links: Juxtapoz Academy of Art University Spring Show Krystal Lauk Studios School of Illustration Chuck Pyle David Lantz Dylan Vermeu Krystal’s keynote about Technical Illustration ***** Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is one of the largest private accredited art and design schools in the nation. Located in San Francisco, the epicenter of culture and technology, Academy of Art University offers more than 135 accredited degree programs spanning 40 areas of study, including entertainment arts, advertising, fashion, architecture, game development, music, communication, photography and more. To learn more about Academy of Art University, visit academyart.edu/creativemind Follow us on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn / YouTube Photo Credit – Judy Holtz
36:54
February 26, 2020
A Career in Animation
A Career in Animation
In this bonus episode of Creative Mind, we get some real insight into having a successful career in animation from 3 animation industry professionals; Sherrie H. Sinclair, Felix Hallock, and Kim Ferrari. Sherrie worked in character animation for Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida for nine years before serving as the Traditional Animation Director for the School of Animation and Visual Effects here at the Academy. Her film credits include The Lion King, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tarzan, and Lilo and Stitch. She is an expert in cartoons! Kim Ferrari and Felix Hallock are Academy of Art University alumni who have found success in animation upon graduation. Kim is currently working as a Lead Animator at Duck Duck Moose while Felix Hallock has returned to the Academy as a traditional character animation instructor helping budding new animators. Link: School of Animation & Visual Effects ***** Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is one of the largest private accredited art and design schools in the nation. Located in San Francisco, the epicenter of culture and technology, Academy of Art University offers more than 135 accredited degree programs spanning 40 areas of study, including entertainment arts, advertising, fashion, architecture, game development, music, communication, photography and more. To learn more about Academy of Art University, visit academyart.edu/creativemind Follow us on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn / YouTube
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December 20, 2019