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About John Mahoney

John Mahoney worked as a visual development artist for Disney Feature Animation on films including Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Treasure Planet and The Emperor’s New Groove. During his time at Disney he contributed to a total of 10 feature films. Since then he has pursued his passion as an independent filmmaker. John has produced more than 20 short films and two independent features. He has directed numerous documentaries on such prominent people as Doug Chiang, designer of the new Star Wars films, and Tyrus Wong, designer of Bambi. He has also taught such diverse classes as figure drawing, sculpture, film design, storyboards, stop motion animation, and character design in the United States as well as in Singapore and Taiwan.

John's illustration work has been showcased in Spectrum and the Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. The release of the book will mark the launching of the Exhibition Tour starting in Miami, then New York, Los Angeles, Amsterdam and London. John has also had several gallery exhibitions around the Los Angeles area, including a one-man show at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena.

John Mahoney is a graduate of Pratt Institute with a BFA in Illustration. He works in Los Angeles as a concept designer, an independent filmmaker, and a professor at CalArts and USC.


Hasbro – Zbrush Sculptor – Avengers, Jurassic World
Lucasfilm – Singapore & San Francisco – Creativity Professor
Disney Features – Ten films as – Visual Development Artist
Blizzard – Zbrush and Sculpture Professor
Warner Bros. – Visual Development Artist
Miramax Films – Creature Designer
Cartoon Network – Color Styling
Disney Imagineering – Concept sculptor
Heavy Metal Magazine - Si-Fi Illustrator
Pixologic - Zbrush Artists
ImagineFX Magazine - Zbrush Artists

Jib Jab Studio – Sculptor
SOFA Studio Taiwan – Art Director/Visual Consultant
Stan Winston School of Character Arts – Zbrush Instructor
Stan Winston School of Character Arts – Video Editor
Cal Arts – Illustration, Zbrush, & Sculpture Professor
Art Center – Concept Art lecturer
USC – Concept Design & Zbrush Professor
Gnomon – Production Design & Storyboard Professor
New York Fim Academy – Game Design Professor