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Ai California—Orange County’s Monster Creature Week a Success

By: Sheila Estaniel Filed under: Animation & Effects

August 15, 2017

The Art Institute of California—Orange County, a campus of Argosy University, recently held Monster Creature Week, which offered students a series of workshops and guest speaker events that helped them improve skills and make new contacts in the industry. It was kicked off by a sculpting and illustration contest sponsored by XP – Pen. Winners received drawing tablets for their winning creations.



A mini art exhibit was set up in the library, showcasing various pieces curated by Monster Creature Week organizer and Ai California—Orange County faculty Laya Lidriss. Various workshops included z brush techniques, creating virtual reality experiences, designing better characters, 3D sculpting tips, and lots more.

Special guests from the industry included Cliff Cramp, who talked about his career as a freelance illustrator, hosted a Photoshop demo, and shared valuable presets and plug-ins he likes to use in his creative process. John Mahoney brought a variety of his sculptures for students to check out and learn from. And Eva Sowinski, who founded fan*alley, talked about “cute” monsters.



Though each of our guest speakers had experienced different journeys, they all emphasized the value of working hard and putting yourself out there. “Hard work will pay off for artists! Continue growing and learning even after school is over,” illustrator Cliff Cramp told captivated media arts students during his workshop demo.

Up until the end, Laya Lidriss was busy making sure Ai California—Orange County’s Monster Creature Week workshops remained helpful and relevant to all who attended. “Monster Week continues, and we will keep pushing for quality workshops to the last day of the event.”

Thank you to everyone who supported this project. We hope to do it again next year!

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By: Sheila Estaniel Filed under: Animation & Effects

August 15, 2017

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