OUR SPEAKERS AND THEIR WORK
Session 02: LAWRENCE RUELOS: Introduction to Character Design' - for beginners, students and professionals alike!
LAWRENCE RUELOS: Four score and few pieces of paper ago in Brooklyn, New York, Lawrence sat at the dining room table, picked up one of his crayons and drew himself a picture of Batman. “Someday you’ll be a famous artist,” said his mom, peeking over his shoulders as he finished up coloring his favorite character. Those early artistic ambitions led him to a career as an animator for laser shows. Which then led to creating art in the video game industry, bringing 2D characters and environments to life in the world of video gaming. In 2013, Lawrence attended the Creative Talent Network Expo in Burbank and realized how much he missed dreaming up his own characters, the ridiculous stories that define them, and the world where they exist. A couple of years later, he left the video game industry to live the dream as a freelance illustrator and art instructor. Also, convincing his cat that she can play the banjo.
Session 03: DEAN YEAGLE (and MANDY): How to manage and stay in business as an artist!
DEAN YEAGLE: Dean has been an animator, director, producer, character designer, illustrator of children's books, advertising artist, and Playboy cartoonist. Most recently he has been publishing his own books about his character Mandy, and does commission drawings of her for collectors and several Paris art galleries. He'll be giving a talk on how to manage to stay in a business that changes, sometimes wildly.