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Published on Mar 29, 2012
Otis College is always pleased to host outstanding alumni returning to speak, share, and teach Otis students of today.
On March 12 and 13, 2012, Derek Thompson, '94, presented a two-day story and design workshop in his "Creature Feature" series.
Alumnus Thompson has been a storyboard artist at Pixar since 2005.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1972, Thompson has been drawing monsters since before he can remember. Many things contributed to Derek's early fixation with creatures and the Unknown. Around age 5, he discovered Godzilla, Frankenstein, Star Wars and Ray Harryhausen. Other early revelations involved Dr.Seuss, Heavy Metal Magazine, Frazetta and R.Crumb. As a child, Derek also had a deep interest in paleontology, which led to many, many dinosaur drawings. An avalanche of films, comics and cartoons followed, with Derek drawing all the while.
Though he drew constantly, it wasn't until high school that he had his first art class. The summer after his junior year, Derek attended a summer program at the Otis Parsons Art Institute. In one short month, he realized that art school was the way to go. He spent the next year refining his art portfolio, which won him several grants and scholarships to attend Otis. He graduated in 1994 and has worked In movies, comic books, video games, and illustration since then