MSBE-L.A. Contestants Part 2

Earlier this week we announced the first 6 contestants who will battle it out Joe Louis style for the title of Sketchmaster at the inaugural Los Angeles Fight Club of Design?  What else would you expect from a city whose most famous statue is a fist?  And hopefully they bring it like Schmelling II in ’38 and not like Schmelling I in ’36.  On a more serious note, and without further ado, here are your next 6 contestants in alphabetical order.  Who are you rooting for?1-ikragmxegbmr9tldid7ztq

Matthew Cunningham

During his 13 years in advanced design and strategy, Matthew has authored numerous concept vehicles, products, and scenarios for motion picture studios, automotive companies, and other top-tier clientele. Classically trained with a modern edge, Cunningham developed his unique approach to design at the Art Center College of Design, and Pratt Institute, where he received degrees in Transportation and Industrial Design respectively.  Presently, Cunningham is designing vehicles for Legendary Pictures and recently completed work for the breakout HBO television show ‘Westworld,’ and Fox’s new police drama  ‘A.P.B.’, premiering in 2017.  Select Clients: Paramount Pictures , HBO, Universal Studios, ABC, BMW Designworks USA, Volkswagen Group,Toyota,The Aerospace Corporation, Mack Trucks.  You can see more of Matthew’s work here.

Ryan Goimarac

Ryan’s passion is drawing cars and creating fresh and interesting designs, but that is not where his artistic life started.  Ryan hoped his Bachelors for Media Arts degree from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh was going to lead to a  career at Pixar or Marvel – but the year he graduated (2007) was a terrible year for the economy and strikes in the creative industry led to him following his father’s footsteps into the auto industry.  A second degree from The Center for Creative Studies has led him to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles – but not in the design field – in engineering.  Ryan is hoping his passion and efforts lead him to a design position soon and judging from his portfolio we believe it is right around the corner.  View more of Ryan’s work here and his Instagram here.

Josh Hensen

Joshua Henson is an automotive and entertainment creative with over 15 years of professional experience. Working as a creative director within a broad range of design disciplines Joshua has taken a path to opportunity, working with the top content writers, visionary artists and creative designers in the vehicle design and entertainment field. He focused very early in his education for a career as a graphic designer and creative writer, then later moving into the areas of industrial design, automotive design, and entertainment production design. He is currently working on a number of projects for television and film. Joshua’s focus is in the specialty areas of entertainment vehicle design, creative writing, and character design. Most recently Joshua has worked with Paramount Pictures, Universal Entertainment, Sony Pictures, and Warner Bros on a number of film and television projects. He passionately pursues his career, constantly raising the bar for himself and those around him, to be well rounded creative artists, writers and designers. At heart, Joshua is a self proclaimed automotive obsessive who absolutely thrives on the creative energy of entertainment design and bringing the future forward.

Jessica Kim

Jessica Kim is a LA based concept designer working in the entertainment media industry covering a spectrum of features, episodics, commercials, and interactives with a focus in pre-production. Her specialties include characters, environments, creatures, costume design, vehicles, props, with an emphasis in character design. She graduated from Otis College of Art and Design in 2013 with a BFA in Digital Media, and also has a background in fashion design. Jessica told us she loves going back to using traditional mediums such as oil paint, copics, ink, charcoal and carbothello– and carries her sketchbook in her purse everywhere. Traveling to new cities/countries to view new and interesting elements for inspiration and reference is a passion, so far she has managed Paris, Barcelona, Seoul, NY city, Detroit, and hopes to explore many more.  Check out Jessica’s website here.

Chris Lah

Chris Lah a was born and raised in New York City.He found his passion for cars when a yellow Lamborghini drove by him when he was just 10 years old. Chris was amazed by its design so he started to research Lamborghinis. Growing up he thought he was going to be an artist of fine art until that fateful day.  Chris attended a High School in Manhattan that specializes in the arts, and dreamed of attending Art Center since he was a kid. Now that he is at Art Center,he feels he is one step closer to doing what he always wanted to do. Check out Chris’s portfolio here.

Deven Row

We are still waiting for Deven’s bio so we pilfered this from his LinkedIn Profile.  Deven is a Transportation design student at Art Center College of Design who is hoping to complete his dream of being a car designer! Before Art Center, Deven studied transportation and product design in high school at Design and Architecture Senior High in Miami Florida. His accomplishments include placing second in the world wide design competition presented by Ford Motor Company.  Here is some of Deven’s work.

Come back tomorrow to learn more about the activities at the                                           Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment™ LA and check out these other posts:

And don’t forget to buy tickets in advance

We expect a rather long line at the event and having your tickets in advance will shorten your queue time.  Also don’t forget we support students with deeply discounted advance tickets – where else will you get to see Bugattis and BMW Art Cars up close and personal?


Tickets for the 2016 LA event can be found here

and also on the website of AutomobilityLA

and The Petersen Automotive Museum.

About Frank Schwartz

Frank Schwartz is the founder of and Advanced Automotive Consulting Services, partner in The Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment and serial entrepeneur. A long time automotive enthusiast, Frank started reading car magazines at the age of 8 and has spent 30+ years working inside the automotive industry. In his spare time Frank races with the Sports Car Club of America, spends time working on his numerous project cars and supports many local charities.
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