In the past 10 weeks I’ve had the great honor of working with my mentor, the amazing Scott Watanabe, from Walt Disney Animation Studios. Scott has worked as a Visual Development Artist on beautiful films like Tangled, Wreck It Ralph, and Paperman. The mentorship program is called Motivarti Mentorship, and I highly recommend applying; it is one of the greatest learning experiences I’ve ever had in my career!!
I can’t express enough how grateful I am to be working with Scott; I’ve been a huge fan of his work for years, and I feel so fortunate he chose to mentor me. He’s an incredible teacher, guiding me with specific, honest and valuable feedback on my portfolio (taking time and care to give me page-by-page feedback, and even sharing his own!) as well as helping me improve my character designs; he would take time to draw over my sketches to show where I can improve my form, solidify or push the character in ways I hadn’t thought of. He’s given me constructive critiques which helped me gain a deeper understanding of the depths of better, more effective design. It made me realize the incredible amount of deliberate thought, design reasoning, and iteration involved with the process—which was more than I could ever have gathered from studying hundreds of making-of books and all of my favorite artists’ works! He also shared his thoughts on the philosophy behind good composition, color, style and other essential foundations. Scott is so, SO kind and patient to work with, and I am still amazed at how extremelygenerous he is when it comes to sharing his process! I always felt so inspired after a session with him!
I deeply appreciate all he’s done to help me grow; the mentorship is truly a humbling, motivating, and enormously valuable experience that may come just once-in-a-lifetime!
Thank you, Scott and Motivarti Mentorship, for everything!!
See you at CTN,
Above I wanted to share some process work and the final illustration I did, based on the Beatles song, “Octopus’s Garden.” Enjoy! ^__^