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Episode 13 - Chris Bivins: Illustrator, Concept Artist, Storyboard Artist

--- Chris Bivins is a 2D Generalist who regularly tackles illustration, concept art, storyboards, digital painting, motion graphics, and animation. He's that rare sort of artist who seems to be good at everything he tries, yet still remains humble. Originally from Kansas City Missouri, Chris graduated from the Art Institute of Atlanta with an BFA in Media Arts & Animation. He works days at AGS creating art for video slot machines (alongside co-host Pat Bollin), and has done freelance concept and storyboards for feature films, as well as illustration for comics and games. **Chris Bivins' Links** - [Blogger Portfolio]( - [Deviant Art]( - [LinkedIn]( - [IMDB Profile]( **People** - [Shawn Crystal]( - [Elio Geuvara]( - [Pat Quinn]( - [Darnell Johnson]( - [David Bonilla]( - [Brian McKissick]( - [Irene Strychalski]( - [Aaron Acevedo]( - [Sean Galloway]( - [Joe Karg]( - [Enock Etienne]( **Companies** - [Disney Animation Studios]( - [Pixar Animation Studios]( - [White Wolf Publishing]( - [Pinnacle Entertainment Group]( **Software** - [Adobe Photoshop]( - [Manga Studio]( - [Adobe Premier]( - [Toon Boom]( **Movies** - [Finding Nemo]( - [The Incredibles]( - [Treasure Planet]( - [Emperor's New Groove]( - [Belko Experiment]( - [Almost Christmas]( - [Chappaquiddick (IMDB)]( - [Superstition: The Rule of 3's (IMDB)]( **Books** - [Bridgeman Anatomy]( - [Frank Frazetta]( - [Marc Silvestri]( - [Bruce Timm]( - [Moebius]( - [Claire Wendling]( - [Sky Doll]( - [Blacksad]( **Other Mentions** - [Kingdom of the Sun (which became Emperor's New Groove)]( - [Carl & Ray Blockbuster (hamster) commercials]( --- **Special Thanks** We'd like to thank our guest editor for this episode, *Jason Grace*, for all his hard work! Please check out his **Soundcraft Essentials Series** albums. These are high quality, affordable sound effects libraries for independent media creators. Each album is an essential collection of designed genre specific sounds. - [Soundcraft Fantasy Realm Essentials]( - [Soundcraft SciFi Sound Effects Essentials]( **Also available for download on GooglePlay and Amazon.** If you're interested in a possible collaboration, here's a link to Jason's portfolio:
--- **Selected Quotes** - Even though [creative industry in Atlanta] is big and it's getting bigger here, somehow everyone seems to know everyone else, even if it's at one or two removes. ~ Jeremiah - This is probably true at just about any studio: You're doing art by committee. It just is. It's a fact. You're not autonomous. ~ Pat - I like the way things are going now. I mean, we never know where life takes us, but I'm enjoying right now. ~ Chris Bivins - [Working for Whitewolf and Pinnacle] I've had to draw mummies, sci-fi characters, werewolves, westerns, zombie cowboys... ~ Chris Bivins - We all like drawing cowboys and sci-fi things, and if you mix those two things together? I'm like, aw man! ~ Chris Bivins - It's always so important to remember to be professional, no matter what. It's hard, because we always take our art so personally as creators, but you've got to keep that in mind. ~ Pat - My dad was trying to get me into architecture and engineering [...] He's like "well, you're good at math", and like I don't care, I'm better at drawing, that's what I want to do. ~ Chris Bivins - Actually being cool with the teacher was cool in art school. ~ Chris Bivins - I do have to make time for us. You have to cultivate your relationship with your significant other. ~ Chris Bivins - Don't be afraid to put your art out there, just for people to see it and to get people's eyes on it. ~ Chris Bivins
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