Meet Craig Shoji, artist of forbidden worldsS

You've marveled at Craig Shoji's rich, detailed work in Avatar and Alice In Wonderland, and soon you'll be seeing his world-building in Thor. Check out some of his amazing art and discover what his favorite project has been.

Craig Shoji has only been working in the industry for a few years, but he's already made a huge mark. He's also giving back, by running a community called Pensketch, where budding artists can post their works in progress and get feedback and encouragement. Shoji tells us:

I wanted to be a concept artist before I understood that the career existed. Ironically, it was my childhood desire of being a comic artist combined with my post-undergraduate desire to study industrial design and a love for film that led me to where I am.

We asked him which project he's worked on was his favorite, and he says:

Avatar was fun because it had a lot of 'firsts' for me. It was my first job out of school, my first film in the industry, and the energy from the whole production team was really intense. As if everyone knew they were working on something landmark. But I probably had more fun on Alice in Wonderland. I was responsible for a lot more so I got to do some bigger paintings, and the team I was working with had some great chemistry.

You can see more of Craig's art at his blog.

Meet Craig Shoji, artist of forbidden worldsS

Alice In Wonderland art

Meet Craig Shoji, artist of forbidden worldsS

Alice In Wonderland art

Meet Craig Shoji, artist of forbidden worldsS

Alice In Wonderland art

Meet Craig Shoji, artist of forbidden worldsS

Alice In Wonderland art

Meet Craig Shoji, artist of forbidden worldsS

Alice In Wonderland art

Meet Craig Shoji, artist of forbidden worldsS

Alice In Wonderland art

Meet Craig Shoji, artist of forbidden worldsS

Alice In Wonderland art

Meet Craig Shoji, artist of forbidden worldsS

Alice In Wonderland art

Meet Craig Shoji, artist of forbidden worldsS

Alice In Wonderland art

Meet Craig Shoji, artist of forbidden worldsS

Alice In Wonderland art

Meet Craig Shoji, artist of forbidden worldsS

Alice In Wonderland art

Meet Craig Shoji, artist of forbidden worldsS

Na'vi Gravesite, from Avatar

Meet Craig Shoji, artist of forbidden worldsS

The Tree of Souls, from Avatar

Meet Craig Shoji, artist of forbidden worldsS

The Tree of Souls, from Avatar

Meet Craig Shoji, artist of forbidden worldsS

The Tree of Souls, from Avatar