posted on Jan 09, 2018

Trojan Horse was a Unicorn

Trojan Horse was a Unicorn

by Andre Luis

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Trojan Horse was a Unicorn (THU) went from being a six-day digital art event to an organization that psychologically, technically, and educationally supports the global digital artist and ensures that the world understands and celebrates their artistry and craft.

Trojan Horse Was a Unicorn (THU) is one of the world's leading transformative experiences for digital artists and creative professionals. After five editions in Tróia, Portugal, it's now taking place for the second time in Valletta, Malta, from 23-28 September.

Mingjue Helen Chen, art director at Walt Disney Animation Studios, is the artist behind the poster of this year's edition, "Legend of the Seventh Unicorn" and is the first woman to create it.

THU mission is that of helping the international creative community in shaping the digital entertainment industry while moving it forward. In order to achieve this goal, THU launched a series of programs and initiatives, and the Main Event, with its recruitment sessions, inspirational talks, live demos, life-drawing sessions, and workshops, is only one of them.

Another one is the Gatherings, an itinerant experience organized by THU that gives artists in different cities the opportunity to network, participate in a round table discussion about the industry, learn from each other, as well as get a taste of the full THU experience.

The THU talks in schools are also a very important part of the project, since they help form the minds of young creatives by sharing with them those things that art schools don’t teach them, and by telling them the potential of this industry, so that they may consider a career in arts as a viable option. THU has gained the trust of hundreds of creatives across the world already. Attendees have defined it as a “life-changing experience”. It’s not the usual corporate art event, but a unique gathering of like-minded people who share the same passion and who really believe they can change the world.

The 2019 program features a feast of inspiration and learning resources with talks, master classes, mentorships, demonstrations, and the Gallery, where the Tribe can observe talented artists in action and learn from them. Top artists and creators from all over the globe share their knowledge about diverse areas of the entertainment industry, such as 2D, 3D, illustration, character animation, VR, animation, graphic design, VFX, business, technology, sound, sculpture and painting, among others. Over the last years, THU has made an effort to include more and more areas in order to allow professionals from different backgrounds to create synergies. Over 50 world-class talents are expected this year, including:  

Yuko Shimizu (award-winning illustrator);

Vicki Dobbs Beck (executive in charge of ILMxLAB);

Yoriko Ito (art director);

Vaughan Ling (Academy Award winner for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse);

Gregory Manchess (award-winning painter);

Andrew Maximov (Founder and CEO of Promethean AI);

Ron Artis II (musician and founder of the soul group Ron Artis II & The Truth);

Sally Slade (Lead AR/VR Developer at Magnopus);

Robh Ruppel (art director whose recent projects include Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Love, Death & Robots)

Andrew Gordon (known for his work on A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2 and 3, Monsters Inc., Monster U. Finding Nemo, Finding Dory, The Incredibles 1 & 2, and Ratatouille.)

For those who want to find a job at the event, THU is planning to have 35 companies recruiting, ten more than in 2018. Yggdrasil, Outfit7, Wooga, InnoGames, Creative Assembly, King, Unga, Riot Games, TFG Go, and Ubisoft Bluebyte are already confirmed.

Tickets are available on the official website:

492.50 EUR - Pioneer (THU2013 attendees)
545.00 EUR - Veteran (Two or more editions)
650.00 EUR - Warrior (One or two editions)
This event has: Bookstore, Challenges at the venue, Demos, Free drinks, Free video content, Lectures speakers, Panels, Parties, Portfolio reviews, Recruiting, and Workshops


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