As a lifelong artist with no formal training, John McMurrough entered the design scene through less than conventional methods. In 2000, with a BBA in Finance from the University of New Mexico, John moved to Los Angeles to follow his dream of working as an artist in the film and gaming industry. After an eye-opening four years of working in finance, he took the leap to pursue his true passion. With loads of discipline, exceptional natural talent, and a big stubborn streak, John accepted a position answering phones at The Ant Farm, a VFX house for film and gaming design in Los Angeles. Within six months, the powers that be at The Ant Farm recognized John's artistry and hired him as a full-time designer in their motion graphics department.
At work, John impressively turns out award-winning designs while continuing to grow, thrive, and flourish into the artist he strives to be. In 2011, John ventured into the realm of formal education to pursue his ultimate goal of focusing his talent on character animation. Currently, John is a full-time student in the Animation Mentor Program, a specialized school founded by world-renowned animators from top studios such as Pixar, Weta, ILM, and DreamWorks in order to find and refine the artists who bring you your favorite 3D, CG, VFX animated movies and video games. During this two-year program, John occasionally takes on freelance projects for companies like SNS and FiRe, with whom he shares a passion for innovation, social responsibility, and creativity.