Texture Mentor: Anna Ivanova
We are very excited to introduce one of our new mentors, Anna Ivanova. She boasts an impressive resume that includes notable projects such as, District 9, Chronicles of Narnia, Hunger Games and Thor. Anna will be working as a High Fidelity Texturing Mentor.
Anna was born in Kishinev, Moldova and then immigrated with her parents, as refugees, to Toronto in 1992. Her interest in the digital arts began at an early age when she started teaching herself Photoshop during high school. She then went on to be the teacher’s assistant at Seneca College while taking the Digital Media Arts program. She’s come a long way since then and has now been in the industry for over 12 years. Starting out as a compositor and then moving into texture art, she’s worked at Soho VFX (Toronto), Rising Sun Pictures (Australia), Digital Domain, MPC, Image Engine and currently Scanline VFX. In her free time she loves to read, make art, sing, dance and do yoga.
When asked if there’s one project she’s most proud of, she says that it’s too hard to choose. Each one has presented new challenges with surprising results. Over the years she’s learned that it’s extremely important to find common values and interests with your co-workers. She believes each person has a unique sense of reality and a personal perception that you can learn from. This in turn helps to create a friendly and inspiring environment…which sure helps during those times when you’re putting in a lot of extra hours to finish a project!