This session presents two 30-minute lectures, Three Steps to Becoming a Better Artist Immediately! and The Passion Project: Catalyst to Creativity and Cure for the Stagnate.Three Steps to Becoming a Better Artist Immediately! (Horia Dociu, ArenaNet)In this presentation, all of the wisdom Horia Dociu has gained in his career, from intern to art director, is distilled down to three, simple, honest, and actionable steps that anyone can apply right now to become a better artist instantly. Through years of personal experience, struggling to grow as an artist, being mentored and directed, and ultimately leading, hiring, and teaching artists across all stages of their development, Horia has learned, time and time again, the same three lessons. He's seen artists of all levels face the same challenges, across different disciplines and levels of aptitude, when it comes to strong visual communication. In his lecture, he is going to share those three obvious, but elusive, pillars of improvement with you, in hopes that you'll apply them, and immediately produce more successful work of your own, or help your team members become better artists, instantly! The Passion Project: Catalyst to Creativity and Cure for the Stagnate (Joseph Sanabria, Independent)This lecture is an informative recount of how a passion for sketching led to interesting and creative opportunities in the entertainment industry. It includes an inside look at the creative process of sketching and focusing on the first stages of an idea as it develops on paper. The talk will include examples of how developers, designers and artists can use sketches to help create a vision and bring teams together.