Marc Gabbana is an illustrator and concept artist who works in the advertising, publishing, video game and motion picture industries. His freelance career began during his third year at CCS when he began to create projects for various local ad agencies. By the time he graduated the following year, he already had a full roster of local Detroit automotive and advertising clients.
"CCS provided me with the problem solving, creative and technical skills necessary to succeed in my field," said Gabbana. "I thoroughly enjoyed my 4 years at school and continue to this day to be influenced by what I learned from my peers and instructors."
Gabbana fulfilled a lifelong dream by becoming a Star Wars concept artist for both <i>The Phantom Menace</i> and <i>Attack of the Clones</i>, directed by George Lucas. His other film credits include<i> Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius, 8 Mile, Hellboy</i> and IMAX's first all CG 3D movie <i>Cyberworld</i> where he worked as the production designer. He also worked as illustrator and concept artist on the Wachowski brothers' sequels <i>Matrix Reloaded</i> and <i>Revolutions</i>. Immediately following, Gabbana worked with Doug Chiang's design team on <i>The Polar Express</i>, directed by Robert Zemeckis.
<span class='CALLOUT'>I thoroughly enjoyed my 4 years at school and continue to this day to be influenced by what I learned from my peers and instructors.</span>
Other projects include <i>Monster House</i>, directed by Gil Kenan; <i>War of the Worlds</i>, directed by Steven Spielberg; Zemeckis' <i>Beowulf</i> and his upcoming all mocap remake of the Dickens' classic <i>A Christmas Carol</i>.
In 2008, after many years of full-time studio work, Gabbana decided it was time for a change. He is now fully engaged with his own personal projects and enjoying select freelance work. He continues to paint both digitally and traditionally using acrylics. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Elizabeth, and their three furry cats.
For more of Gabbana's artwork, visit http://www.marcgabbana.com. <FILE '347'>Read an interview with Gabbana featured in Illustration ’05</FILE>.
- Graduation Year: 1990
- Major: Illustration
- Employer: Self-employed
- Title: Illustrator and concept artist
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