Friday, October 8, 2010

DreamWorks Dream Team

DreamWorks Animation has an elite group of concept artists divided between its two campuses in California. I visited with the dream team at the Redwood City campus to share my presentation about color and light---and to show the panda a few kung fu moves.

 We then went upstairs to their very inspiring creative habitat. When they're not working on new character designs and environments for movies like Puss in Boots, The Croods, Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom and Megamind, they have an art room for figure drawing classes.

Ruben Perez is holding a demo sketch I did of him using water-soluble colored pencils. And we're holding each others' one-of-a-kind advance copies of upcoming books: Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter, and Moonshine: DreamWorks Artists...After Dark.

That "Moonshine" book, which should arrive in stores soon, showcases the personal work, done after hours, by each member of DreamWorks's creative crew.
DreamWorks Animation SKG
Moonshine at Amazon
Thanks, Angela, Katie, and the awesome DW Team!


jeffkunze said...

Lot of talent in that room!

Arenyth said...

Hey! I loved your talk on campus the other day, I might have geeked out on you in the screening room a little bit, sorry! But since you came by I've been drawing like crazy and I'm hoping to break out the paints this weekend, so thank you again!

Connor de Jong said...

Awesome! Any chance you will stop by GCA this year? I am so bummed that I missed your visit; I'm a first year student and I see your signed poster in the break room every day.

Mark said...

Do you happen to know the name of the woman on the far right? I'm wondering if it might be Jenny Lerew of 'The Blackwing Diaries' blog.

James Gurney said...

Jeff: They're not only amazing artists, but incredibly nice people, too. It was great to meet you, Arenyth!

Connor: Don't know when I'll be at GCA next, but I admire what you all are doing there.

Lumo: Angela Lepito is the person on the right. She heads up art development and training.

Jeanie Chang said...

Thank you so much for coming to San Jose today! Your presentation left my mind blown and ready for more!

lindsey olivares said...

so nice meeting you the other day James!! So glad you could come out and show us some of your techniques, love your work.

Humza Khan said...

I took a picture in front of that thing with my friends who worked there when I was visiting them as well You can see it here:

That thing must be a magnet for people to stand in front of it and do crazy poses, lol!

Harrison said...


David Glenn said...

There's a Po statue at the university I'm attending that looks just like that.