John Nevarez approaches his art and his relationships the same way. Whether he encounters a new, blank page or a new person, John sees the opportunity to freely explore new and inspiring ideas.
The whimsical energy in his sketches combined with his delightful personality has made him one of the most reputable professionals in the animation industry.
His stellar career spans from storyboard revisionist to visual development artist, with stops along the way at every major animation studio, including Disney, Sony, Illumination, and Pixar.
Today we discuss:
- John’s iconic, visceral drawing style…
- Just saying no to your eraser…
- And what two dozen rejection letters gets you.
Listen To Part 1 of our interview with John Nevarez:
Next: John talks about:
- What that first day at Pixar is really like,
- Sneaky ways to get your work noticed,
- And the secret to staying sane in this crazy business…
Theme Music by Storybook Steve
Recurring Musical Segments by Kangaralien
Outro Music by The Years
When did you realize…?
Growing up, John didn’t consider art to be a career path. He just knew that it made him happy.
…until The Lion King.
He was so inspired by the Disney film that he made it his mission to become part of the animation world.
Who or what in your life first introduced you to art as a career?
…and if you’re a professional, what steps did you take to go from passionate to professional?
Please share your thoughts in the comments below!