Production designer Frederick Gardner visited the Digital Painting class on February 16th. Currently in Dallas at ReelFX, Frederick has twenty years of experience in the field of animation. From his beginning work on The Simpsons, Frederick has worked at all major Hollywood studios. He shared with the class two portfolios of design drawings that were awarded Emmies for Outstanding Individual Achievements in Animation in 2005 and 2006. He showed the class how he enhanced each story by developing a shape language specific to it, included details not in the script, and pushed assignments well beyond the minimum required. “You can put a blank wall or wooden planks behind characters, or you can take the extra time to tell a story,” Gardner told the class. He returns next week to critique student work on the creation of place.
Frederick Gardner’s Blog: elfrederico.blogspot.com