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Schoolism interview with Disney and DreamWorks Visual Development Artist couple, Mike Yamada and Victoria Ying

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Two of my favorite artists, married couple, Mike Yamada & Victoria Ying recently did an interview with Bobby Chiu from schoolism. They discuss how it is as a married couple working in the same industry at competing companies. Victoria at Disney and Mike at DreamWorks where they are visual development artists. They’ve contributed to movies such as How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda, Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph & Paperman. They also work together illustrating their own projects through their company, Extracurricular Activities. They discuss their recent kick starter program and how they ended up getting funded. Towards the end they talk about their process and what kind of artists each of them is and how they continue to work at there craft to keep growing.

Book Report – The Art of How to Train Your Dragon


One of the most amazing movies I’ve seen in the 3D era of animated movies has got to be How to Train Your Dragon. A big part of that for me has to be the way the animators gave life to the dragons. This is why I love these types of art books. I love to see the process of how they bring these characters to life and this book doesn’t disappoint with more than 350 pieces of development art. From character designs, story sketches, and concept paintings this book has it all included. Even a few sketches from Cressida Cowell the author who wrote the books that this movie is based on.

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