Creative Mornings | Raleigh: October

The next session of Creative Mornings | Raleigh will be on October 12, 2012 from 8:30am – 10am at CAM. This month’s speaker is Wyeth Johnson, Art Director at Epic Games, Inc. He’s a lifelong gamer who started his career in graphic design, made the transition to video games 12 years ago, and never looked back. He’s worked on some of the biggest game franchises in the business including Gears of War, Star Trek, Counterstrike, and more. Wyeth has managed art teams of all shapes and sizes, and found that what motivates artists is identical across all creative industries. Artists want to make art, and they don’t have to give up artistic integrity in pursuit of a dollar. So many companies and leaders have a misconception about their role in the guidance and lives of the brilliant members of their team, and understanding how to get out of the way and let artists create something new is the real challenge of a growing creative organization.

Wyeth would like to talk about what it’s like to make video games, what it’s like to grow and motivate an art team, how to be a creative member of an organization and communicate with leaders, how to watch for the “decisive moment” between managers and artists, and what public access television has to do with all of it. Somewhere in the middle there may or may not be musings on table tennis, speed reading, and crafting the perfect high five. (Watch the elbow!) You can follow Wyeth @sirwyeth

Registration opens October 8th.

By Matt Tomasulo
Published October 6, 2012