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Life Drawing MasterClass Only *(no admission to other rooms and no lunch provided)
Event Info What is Industry Giants?


Dallas, Texas annual Industry Giants conference presented by the nonprofit guild, A Bunch of Short Guys offers one full day of master classes, discussions and networking. Industry Giants features a distinctive lineup of industry professionals working in animation, visual effects and games. This year A Bunch of Short Guys have teamed up again with the Big(D)esign conference who showcases the biggest names in interactive development: user experience, usability, mobile development, user research, content strategy, social media and design thinking to have a joint conference focused on art, animation, games and interactive development all under one roof.

Industry Giants 2017 will be a one-day event with the forum and master Classes taking place on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 14315 Midway Rd, Addison, TX 75001

2017 Speakers Include:

  • Aaron Blaise, Disney Legend & Owner at The Art of Aaron Blaise
  • Tom Sito, Disney Legend & Professor of Animation at The School of Cinematic Arts, USC 
  • Trisha Gum, Co-Director of the Lego Movie Sequel
  • Armen Kevorkian, Creative Director and Senior Visual Effects Supervisor at Encore VFX, Director on Flash and Supergirl
  • John Schratz, Visual Effects / CG Generalist

Concept Art Panel with:

  • Brett Briley, Freelance Character Artist
  • Kevin Penrod, Lead Character Artist at Gearbox Software
  • Adam May, Character Artist at Gearbox Software
  • Bryan Wynia, Sr Character Artist at Id Software
  • Jason Martin, Lead Character Artist at Id Software
    * Portfolio review to follow panel.  Must have physical portfolio, no computers provided.
    **  Do not rely on Internet.
    *** First Come First Served.

Life Drawing with:

    **Lunch Provided for those who purchased full conference tickets**

    Amazing poster design by Andrea Garcia Werntz

    Location Addison, TX


    Location Detail

    14315 Midway Road
    Addison, TX 75001

    Saturday, Sept 16, 2017 at 9:00 AM

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    Mike Mattessi
    Author The Force

    Force: Drawing for Animation


    FORCE workshops are exciting, educational and inspiring.  I do my very best to send clear and insightful knowledge to students through demonstrations, group lectures and individual instruction.  My twenty years of experience give me the ability to immediately decipher a student’s work.  I quickly assess their ability and what skills they most need to work on to move forward to the next step.

    Learn that line itself has meaning and how to use it.  How does that line then evoke drama?  How do you draw a figure’s gesture with seamless functionality and fluidity? Learn to understand natural and appealing design and how to obtain it through some simple rules of force. Enjoy expressing your opinion about the model from truth to designing interesting characters. Experience the drama that occurs in drawing from humanity!

    BRING 18x24 Smooth Newsprint, Caran D’Ache or China Marker and a drawing board- COME READY TO DRAW FORCE.


    Michael Mattesi

    Creator of inspiring FORCE drawing books