Recently while looking for something on YouTube, low and behold I happened across a series of videos featuring the Weta Workshop’s Art Director & Senior Concept Artist Paul Tobin talking shop. Everybody knows that Weta is one of the preeminent film design and SFX companies working today. The impressive list of projects on their resume include The Lord of the Rings trilogy (as well as The Hobbit trilogy), Blade Runner 2049, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Thor: Ragnorok among many others—and Paul has worked on a whole big batch of them. He’s also one of the founders of the White Cloud Worlds art book series which has led to conferences, exhibitions, and workshops in his native New Zealand. So, as you might imagine, I was very interested in checking out Paul’s videos—and I wasn’t disappointed. I’m sharing one here on Muddy Colors this morning by way of introduction; after you watch it I’m pretty sure you’ll want to visit YouTube and watch Paul talk about inspiration, designing for Avatar, working on The Chronicles of Narnia, and more.
Chatting with Weta’s Paul Tobin
Monday, April 30th, 2018
Arnie Fenner has worn a number of hats in his career, sometimes several at once. He was a Senior Artist for Hallmark Cards for 19 years, and for the last 14 has been the Senior Art Director for Andrews McMeel Publishing (part of Universal Press Syndicate).While working in the corporate world, he has also (as time permitted) been a junior partner in the Jankus/Tiber advertising agency, served as art director for Mark Ziesing Books, been a small press publisher (of both books and magazines), and worked as a freelance illustrator and designer.Fenner has produced many CD and book covers over the years for titles by everyone from Stephen King to Harlan Ellison to Bob Dylan to R.E.M.; he's received medals from the Society of Illustrators, certificates from Communication Arts, and two World Fantasy Awards. He collaborates with his wife, Cathy Fenner, on a wide variety of art books (including retrospectives devoted to Frank Frazetta, Dave Stevens, and Robert McGinnis among others) and the annual SPECTRUM: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art.