Justin Owens


Justin Owens is a painter, visual storyteller, and teacher. He's most happy when outside painting en plein air with oils, but can also be frequently found in the studio concocting new and interesting creatures, or working digitally and exploring new imagined worlds. He's a strong believer that anyone can develop artistic skills and that it's not a talent that one must be born with. He brings that idea to his teaching style, helping his students to develop their skills and grow as artists.




5 Steps for the Beginner Painter: How to Get Started

A common misconception is that to become a successful artist, one must already possess artistic skills. I believe that this couldn’t be further from...

Game vs. Film Animation with Riot’s Senior Character Animator Alex Lehmann

Awhile ago I had the pleasure of sitting down with Riot Games' Senior Character Animator Alex Lehmann—that's him on the left—who also happens to...

Introducing the Shaman, A Mystical Animation Mentor Character Rig

Meet Aristotle—also known as the Shaman! He’s the third and final character in our Horde lineup and was created in partnership with our friends...

Introducing Viktor and Moya, Two New Animation Mentor Character Rigs

We’re excited to introduce two of our new character rigs, Viktor and Moya, available to our Character Animation Program students and alumni! These expressive...

Are You Meant to be a Game Animator?

There are so many different types of games out there today across a wide range of delivery platforms and styles. From exploration and...

6 Things to Know About Maya 2016

This blog post is brought to you by our very own Justin! Justin is our talented curriculum director and a long standing member of...

New Animation Character Rigs: Download and Use Now