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Mauricio Abril

Art Director and Concept Artist

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Mauricio is a former scientist turned concept artist living and working in the Los Angeles area. He graduated from UCLA with a degree in Molecular Biology before studying Illustration and Entertainment Design at the Art Center College of Design.

Since then Mauricio has worked on a variety of projects in animation, film, video games, children's books, theme parks and more with notables clients such as the Walt Disney Company, Ubisoft, Games Workshop, Simon and Schuster, and more. He's also taught classes in illustration and concept art for the LA Academy of Figurative Art and Brainstorm.

When not working at work he can be found working at home on his own author/illustrator projects which include two well-received animatic short films, a successfully Kickstarter-funded children's book and a whole assortment of fun whimsical illustrations for the imagination. When not doing any of those he's probably thinking of pizza.


Composition for Concept Art and Illustration

Style and Story for Illustration Mentorship


Mauricio was awesome! He really engaged with us and answered every question that was asked – pretty amazing!


Really good mentorship and instruction from Mauricio.

James Pickard

The instructor is clearly passionate about his profession and he demonstrated his enthusiasm throughout the assignments. He always managed to bring the best points in any of the students’ work. Improving them but preserving the student’s initial idea.


I could address all the fields I wanted to improve in and Mau also opened my eyes to some crucial points I wasn’t aware of


Mau took a lot time for each student and really addressed the situation and point at where each student was.