Illustration/Story Boarding/Comics – Cartooning/Instructor/Design Principles Instructor Virtual Courses – ORLANDO
Woody Woodman is an artist, storyteller and teacher with 20 years in the animation industry. After being honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps in 1991, I began my pursuit to become a professional artist, and enrolled at Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota Florida, where I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. I was recruited by Walt Disney Feature Animation and continued my education in their internship program in Orlando Florida in July of 1997. I began my animation career as an ‘inbetweener’ on the film “Mulan” with Barry Cook. I worked on several films; “Tarzan,” “The Emperor’s New Groove” and “Lilo & Stitch” Then I was excepted into the story department working with some of the finest storyboard artists and directors in the business. I also worked on “Treasure Planet” with Ron Clements, John Musker and Glen Keane. I continued to work for Disney in the story department on “Brother Bear” and a few films that where never realized, until the Orlando studio was shut down in 2003.
Traditional Animation/Sketching/Drawing Fundamentals/Digital Painting Instructor Virtual Courses – ORLANDO
Thomas Thorspecken, also known as Thor, attended the school of Visual Arts and Design in New York City. In his 10 years as a freelance illustrator in the city, one of his assignments for the Daily News included sketching historic buildings throughout the city for a column called “Undiscovered Manhattan”. Thor relocated to Orlando in 1993 to work for Disney Feature Animation. After 10 years the studio closed, and he continued to pursue his passion for art through teaching and sketching. His blog “Analog Artist Digital World” began in 2009 as a resolution to post a sketch every day. He describes it as “his way to finally put down roots, to be part of the community, one sketch at a time.” Thor has also been teaching Traditional Animation at Full Sail University and now is part of a great team of instructors at Elite Animation Academy. Thor will continue his passion to teach and now will include Middle and High School students. Some of the classes he will teach include Traditional Animation, Drawing Fundamental and Urban Sketching.
Anime Manga/Marvel Comic Superheros Art Instructor – ORLANDO
Chi Wang is a freelance graphic artist with 20 years of experience in the comic book industry. He started out in 1993 as an intern at Marvel Comic’s Editorial Department and have worked professionally since for all of the major American comic companies such as Marvel, DC, and Archie Comics. His studio “Primary Graphix” provided lettering and prepress material for Japanese manga companies such as Viz Media, TokyoPop and Yen Press. These past work experiences has brought him extensive knowledge of both American and Japanese art-style and how it applies to story-telling in comics, anime and manga. Chi currently operates “Excel Comics” publishing original comic book contents and illustrated novels for digital downloads on Amazon.com. He is also the owner and manager of “Anime Orlando Inc. – Central Florida’s one and only anime shop”.
ART WORK AND DESIGNS
Traditional Animation/Sculpting/Comics and Cartooning Instructor Virtual Courses – ORLANDO
Jason Peltz was drawing Mickey Mouse from the age of three, in the hopes of someday working for Disney. Jason graduated Carnegie Mellon with an illustration degree, which was put to use in NYC at Jim Henson Productions, Marvel Comics, and Disney Consumer Products. At this point, Jason was bit by the animation bug, and moved to Chicago. There, he worked for Startoons on such projects as Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, and Tiny Toons. After gaining some experience, Disney brought Jason to Orlando, giving him the opportunity to draw Mickey Mouse professionally. Jason’s credits include The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Mushu from Mulan, Tarzan, Kuzco from The Emperor’s New Groove, Jumba from Lilo and Stitch, and Koda from Brother Bear. Jason also added sculpting to his resume, doing the John Henry maquette for the Disney produced short. After Disney Animation closed it’s doors in Orlando, Jason spent almost two years working as a Senior Key Assistant on a traditionally animated video game. He’s now working as a full time freelancer, sculpting and illustrating for such clients as Disney Publishing, Disney Entertainment Design, Busch Gardens, Premise Entertainment, Big Idea, SPCA, and many others. Since finishing work on Disney’s latest 2-D feature- The Princess and the Frog, Jason’s been freelancing as a Disney Storybook Artist on such books as UP, Toy Story 3 and CARS.
PARTIAL ANIMATION CREDITS
Character Design / 2D Flash Gaming / Traditional Artist Virtual Courses – ORLANDO
Joey Fisher resides in Orlando. He has over 15 years of experience creating graphics, animation, and programming for interactive applications, games, GUIs, icons, presentations, simulations, e-cards, and websites, including those in the field of training, education, and eLearning. He has a degree in computer animation and a computer programming. Companies he’s worked for include Hard Rock, Space Imaging, Lockheed-Martin and others, where ultimately his clients were the U.S. armed forces. He is also fine artist who creates works of art in charcoal, pastels, and watercolors. His subject matter ranges from cartoons to figurative. He enjoys inspiring children (and adults) to be passionate about the visual arts and technology and helping them achieve a sense of accomplishment that comes from creating a work of art or programming a video game.
Character Design / Photoshop/ 2D Flash Gaming/Instructor – ORLANDO
Robert Coutu has loved video games and cartoons since as far back as he can remember. He has always enjoyed designing and creating characters and stories that he would someday wish to share with the world. Having graduated the University of Central Florida with a bachelor in Game Design he is looking for that next step to help him reach his eventual goals. He brings his experiences with Photoshop, Maya, Flash and school experience to help prepare students for what lies ahead if they continue on the path of animation.
ART WORK AND DESIGNS
3D Maya Animation /2D Flash Animation Instructor / Digital Sculpting Virtual Courses – ORLANDO
Brian Kortbus is a 3D artist and graphic designer from Daytona Beach. A Graduate of the University of Central Florida’s Game Design program, Brian has worked in the Motocross industry as well as 3D simulation for clients ranging from Yamaha Motor factory teams to the Orange County Fire Rescue Department. A fan of all art forms, his passion is in trying new things – whether it is jumping from graphic design to 3D modeling and animation, or going from rapid design to clay sculpting. More recently, Brian was part of the winning team at Otronicon 2014’s Game Jam, a 48-hour team event to make a 3D video game using the Oculus Rift, and has had several art assets approved for use in a videogame developed by Sony Online Entertainment.
3D Maya Animation/ 2D Flash Animation /Digital Sculpting/ Instructor Virtual Courses – ORLANDO
Ricardo Reyes was born in Venezuela, raised in Miami, Florida and currently living in Winter Park. I have been interested in 3D for as long as I could remember. Since the day I received my Nintendo 64 for christmas I knew that this was what I wanted to be a part of. Games and movies have always been a huge part of my life and upon discovering that people created them for a living I knew that this was what I wanted to a part of. I started getting involved in 3D art my freshman year of high school by modeling in blender 2.4 and I’ve never looked back, I’ve dedicated my life since then to figure out where I fit in the pipeline and now with animation as my goal I’ve strived to bring forth the best work I could possibly make.
Summer Camp Video Production and Stop Motion Animation Instructor – ORLANDO
Michael Picher has been making his own movies since he was about 7 years old. He now has his own video company through which he films school events, commercials (including the commercial for Elite Animation Academy), and short fun videos which he typically uploads to YouTube. He has taken classes in TV production, film, and attended a camp presented by the New York Film Academy. In addition to movie making, Michael is also a gifted musician/composer and occasional voice actor. He is the official voice of “Pip the Pencil”.
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