US Arts Irvine campus recently had a workshop conducted by visiting artist, Ivan Mendoza, who led our JMAP students though the some of the steps involved in making modern animation. Mr. Mendoza works at Warner Bros. Animation, so he’s definitely an authority on cutting edge animation techniques! His impressive background includes work on “Ren & Stimpy” and “Adult Swim”. He’s currently working on a project coming out in June, where he does character design on a demanding timeline, with weekly deadlines.
Ivan Mendoza told the audience that his love of animation goes back to when he was a young child, in the Philippines, where he actually taught himself English by watching cartoons! His lesson included emphasizing the importance of easily recognizable silhouettes, and the basic composition principles can be reduced to the simple shapes of triangles, squares, and circles. Kids then chose a character to design from a selection of fables, and Mr. Mendoza instructed them on how to create a professional-level character design. Kids voted on which designs they liked best, and Mr. Mendoza gave prizes: three of his framed sketches! Regardless of who won these original artworks, all kids got to take home a poster-print of his drawings. Thanks to Ivan Mendoza, and all the wonderful staff who made it such a special day!