Michael Lentz

Michael Lentz

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First Name * Michael
Last Name * Lentz
Username * thecrayon
Country * USA
City Silver Spring
Nationality American
Languages English


Current Position Art Director
Current Company NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Areas of Expertise environment design.3DMatte PaintingCompositingDesign
Preferred Tools PhotoshopMayazBrushAfter Effects


Website www.the-crayon.com


I am currently the Art Director at NASA Goddard's Conceptual Image Lab. Here I guide the day to day creative on projects both within and outside the studio to ensure that artistic and technical quality is upheld. In addition, I review and approve designs, artwork, and animation developed by artists. I also develop design concepts, oversee the visual appearance of projects and identify areas where innovation can improve productivity.

Prior to working at NASA Goddard, I was freelancing for over 8 years. During that time I created a wide-range of art and animation for clients such as: Discovery Channel, Smithsonian Channel, Animal Planet, National Geographic Channel, PBS, History Channel and NASA

I also worked in the National Geographic Television Art Department for 10 years. In that position I became an accomplished artist and animator, developing elements for numerous Emmy award winning shows such as National Geographic ‘Explorer’ and ‘Specials’.

Specialties: Experienced in all phases of animation production, including Design, 3D animation, 2D animation, Motion Graphics, Visual Effects, and Compositing.
Experienced in the use of various software packages including, Maya, After Effects, zBrush, Photoshop and various effects plug-ins.