Over the last several years as an Animation and Entertainment professional, Mark McDonnell has become recognized as a highly respected designer in many facets of the industry, particularly as a Character Designer for feature films, television shows and commercial work. His body of work stretches to Walt Disney Feature Animation, Disney Toon Studios, Walt Disney Television Animation, Pixar, Miramax, Fox, H.I.T. Entertainment, New Line, Mattel, Sony, Legendary Pictures, The Jim Henson Company, Big Idea Inc. and many others.
As a natural progression from his years in the Animation and Entertainment Industry, teaching became a passion he welcomed while instructing the industry’s finest at both The Walt Disney Company and Dreamworks after the success of his top selling instructional book, “The Art and Feel of Making It Real.” Due to his success there was an increased demand from other schools and institutions for seminars, workshops and tutelage for new and upcoming talent outside of these coveted doors.
While instructing at local facilities such as The Animation Union (A.A.I.), LAAFA, 3Kicks and others, Mark saw that the growing need for that particular information to be passed to those both inside and outside of the local area as well as the large growing talent base Internationally.
Thus Mark McDonnell’s Cre8tiveMarks University was born! This new way of learning was born out of the need to help other artists get a first-hand look at what the Animation and Entertainment Industry is looking for, and grow in their specific talents to the needs of the job market…today!
If he’s not drawing, teaching, reading or enjoying his family….the only place to find him is out in nature, off the beaten path.