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Creative Mind Podcast Episode 3: Michael Buffington Helps Create Worlds 10,000 Drawings at a Time

by Mariebelle Alagbate

Michael Buffington is bursting with ideas about different worlds and unique environments far from what we are normally used to. All he needs to start building them is a pencil and paper.

 As a Concept Art Lead, he is considered to be an expert in world-building, which is why there is no question to his credibility in teaching students at the School of Game Development.

But although he may be surrounded by high tech equipment and technology, he still keeps coming back to his foundations. After all, even video games start with pencil and paper. Michael Buffington is not just a conceptual artist, he is also a Drawaholic.

As the mastermind of this illustration organization at Academy of Art University, he sets the bar high for its members, and expects them to meet their fine standards. The only commitment he asks from his student members: sign a pledge to create 10,000 drawings throughout the year.

 It’s not as scary as it sounds! Hear Michael Buffington talk about it—and more—himself by checking out the podcast below.


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Video game design schools with high quality standards such as that of Academy of Art University do not come as often as people may think. The Academy invests in the latest technology and equipment to provide its students with the best possible opportunities for learning.

Academy of Art also has a solid online education program so you can earn your degree remotely from our San Francisco campus. Learn more and request information about our video game school and other art and design programs by getting in touch with our admissions representatives. Apply now if you’re ready to pursue your game development dreams.

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