andrew cunningham

Andrew Cunningham - Matte Painter | Concept Artist

I am a digital matte painter with a strong background in traditional art and design fundamentals and their integration into motion pictures and animated feature films.

Painting has been a part of my life since I was very young, and my joy of painting has led me to pursue a career in the animation and film industry as a matte painter.

Whether I am adding to the dramatic texture of a scene by producing believable matte paintings or creating inspiring concept art, the main emphasis of my work is to represent the effect of light on form to achieve an enhanced illusion of reality.

My career in visual effects began when I was recruited by The Walt Disney Company to work at ImageMovers Digital on A Christmas Carol and Mars Needs Moms. While there, I had the chance to work closely with mentors whose artwork inspired me in my development as a matte painter.

Soon after, I was invited to work alongside the creative team of artists at Aardman Animations in Bristol, UK on the Academy Award-nominated production of The Pirates! Band of Misfits, directed by Peter Lord.

Since then, I’ve had the privilege of working with many talented artists at various visual effects studios in Vancouver, BC on films such as R.I.P.D., The Amazing Spider-man 2 and Disney’s Maleficent. After that, I temporarily moved to Montreal, Quebec to work at Atomic Fiction as a Matte Painter on Robert Zemeckis’ film The Walk, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I’m currently back in Vancouver, working at Sony Pictures Imageworks on animated feature films such as Warner Bros. Animation’s Storks, Sony Pictures Animation’s Smurfs: The Lost Village, Hotel Transylvania: Puppy!

I am currently a Senior Digital Matte Painter on Sony Pictures Animation and Marvel Entertainment’s production of Spider-man: Into The Spider-verse.

I’m very thankful for the amazing career that I have, and the incredible journey I’ve taken while following it. I believe that it is important to follow your dreams, and I strive to be an example for other young artists to help inspire them to follow their dreams and to pursue their own journeys of self-expression through painting and other art forms.

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