Wacom Authorised Training Centres (WATCs) play a key role in developing and nurturing creativity and imagination within schools, colleges and universities across Australia and New Zealand.
“We believe in the power of creativity and we make it our mission to inspire and equip imaginative minds to unleash their full potential. WATCs allow students to utilise and master the same tools that are the industry standard for creative professionals, as well as granting teachers a richer learning experience in the classroom,” says Simon Marshall, Senior Manager Content and Strategy, Wacom.
As part of Wacom’s 2018 ‘The Next Level’ competition, Josh Moy from Hunters Hill, NSW, is one of five WATCs winners – chosen from a pool of more than 3,800 entries worldwide. Studying Concept Art at the Design Centre in Enmore, Josh envisages a long-term career down the path of working in film or games as a Concept Artist, 3D Modeller and Texturing Artist.
“I enjoy creating artwork that tells a story using an array of methods – whether it be drawing, painting or even modelling in 3D. With these skills, I created a piece that was more stylistic than my usual work of realism – I call this piece Take-off,” says Josh.
“Entering Wacom’s The Next Level competition was a way for me to see what peers and professionals have to say about my work – I thrive on constructive criticism as it helps to push me to be a better artist. Sometimes when you’re in your own world creating art, you don’t get a full scope on what you’ve done until others see it and that outside perspective is very important to me.”
Wacom have rewarded all five WATCs winners with a Wacom MobileStudio Pro 13” 512GB valued at $3,499 and their individual schools will receive a Wacom Cintiq Pro 24” Touch, also valued at $3,499.
Throughout August 2018 to November 2018, the artwork of these talented designers will be displayed at ‘The Next Level’ exhibitions in Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney alongside renowned artists from across the globe including Kelogsloops, Loretta Lizzio, Mark Conlan, Mateusz Witczak, Nosego and Paul Braddock.
When and where:
Melbourne: 31st August 2018 – 7th September 2018
Opening Night: 6 – 9pm, 31st August 2018 at Besser Space, Collingwood
Auckland: 12th – 16th October 2018
Opening Night: 6 – 9pm, 12th October 2018 at Silo Park, Auckland
Sydney: 9th – 18th November 2018
Opening Night: 6 – 9pm, 9th November 2018 at Comber Street Studios, Paddington