Priscilla Wong

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Visual De­vel­op­ment Artist, Trolls World Tour, Dream­Works An­i­ma­tion When you catch the new Dream­Works’ fea­ture Trolls World Tour in theaters in

April, look out for the amaz­ing “scrap­book” pages show­cased in the pic­ture.

These are ter­rific ex­am­ples of the artis­tic tal­ents of visual de­vel­op­ment artist Priscilla Wong, the 30-year-old visual de­vel­op­ment artist who also worked on the first Trolls movie and the 2014 fea­ture Mr. Pe­abody & Sher­man. The pages were all ini­tially made by hand with felt, fab­rics, etc., and then each page was scanned dig­i­tally and used in the daz­zlingly col­or­ful fea­ture.

“I love that I get to ex­press my­self through art,” says the San Fran­cisco-born and raised artist. “I love that

Dream­Works has em­braced my ex­plo­ration of dif­fer­ent medi­ums, knowing that free­dom of ex­pres­sion is what pushes the en­ve­lope in an­i­ma­tion. Any chance that I get to share my ex­pe­ri­ences with other peo­ple through art is a bless­ing in life. The most chal­leng­ing as­pect of the job is top­ping my last project!”

The San Jose State Univer­sity grad­u­ate says it’s her pas­sion to cre­ate a world that au­di­ences have never seen be­fore, and counts Sailor Moon, Cin­derella, Beauty and the Beast, Spir­ited Away, The Night­mare Be­fore Christ­mas, Hey Arnold!, Ru­grats and SpongeBob SquarePant­s as some of her ear­li­est in­flu­ences. “Hayao Miyazaki, Ken­dal Cronkhite and Sean Char­matz are my an­i­ma­tion idols. All artists who are deeply pas­sion­ate about their craft, suc­ceed by em­brac­ing team­work and, maybe most, are kind.” ◆

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