Robert Kondo is known for his work on Ratatouille (2007), Monsters University (2013) and The Dam Keeper (2014). He’s an Art Director working for Pixar, Visual Developer and one of the teachers in Schoolism (See the interview with Bobby Chiu). He’s been delighting us with his art in other movies as well such as Toy Story 3, Ice Age, Horton hears a who! and more.

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Robert Started without knowing too much about art and was the student who got bad grades on school. He started learning by surrounded himself by other amazing artists in the university and daring to always dream bigger, which got him his job in Pixar. Now he’s founded The Tonko House LLC with Dice Tsutsumi and are creating new movies like the Dam Keeper which push them outside their comfort zones.

The Dam Keeper



The Dam Keeper Education Project

He’s also one of the teachers in Schoolism teaching “Painting with Light and Color” and helping the community of artist worldwide get better in their art.

So let’s not wait any more and get to the interview:

Interview with Robert Kondo

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In this Episode, You Will Learn:The Creative Hustlers Show - Frame Freak Studio

  • Robert’s Story
  • Observation to create art
  • The Creative Process Art Development
  • How Robert & Dice created the Dam Keeper
  • How to Succeed as an artist
  • How to use the internet to your favor

Actionable Steps

  • Do more art, repetition is the basic principle
  • Learn from the people who are doing it
  • Learn from amazing artist on social media
  • Learn from the best and surround yourself of the best


Resources Mentioned in this Interview

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Now it’s Your Turn!

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Until Next Time!


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