Armand Serrano is an independent visual development artist, art director and production designer for animated feature films and games specializing in environment design. He is currently working as Visual Development Artist for Skydance Animation and Art Director for a new animated film studio, Sunrise Productions.
Armand is known for his works at Walt Disney Animation Studios, Sony Pictures Animation and The Bible Project. He recently completed work on Season 1 of Marvel Studios' upcoming series "What If" scheduled to stream on Disney+ in 2021. He is also a seasoned lecturer in the field of animation and design. He conducts workshops and demos internationally. Armand teaches at Brainstorm-Inland School and the co-organizer of Icon Manila with his wife. He also taught at Biola University and Art Center of College of Art and Design as an adjunct professor.
Just right after finishing his civil engineering degree at the University of Santo Tomas in 1990, Armand started his career as an assistant animator at Fil-Cartoons, a Hanna Barbera studio based in Manila. His new-found passion for animation moved him to Philippine Animation Studio and supervised the layout department for Marvel's overseas production of X-Men and Fantastic Four TV series to name a few. He moved to Los Angeles in the mid 90's and took further studies in layout and background design. Armand joined the Walt Disney Animation Studios in Florida in 1996 and became a Layout Journeyman. He worked on four of the studio's successful animated feature films: Mulan, Tarzan, Lilo & Stitch and Brother Bear. In 2004, Armand joined the crew of the newly formed Sony Pictures Animation. During his nine years stay at Sony, Armand completed a total of fifteen projects including Surf's Up, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, Arthur Christmas and Hotel Transylvania. He also collaborated independently in visually developing Escape From Planet Earth for Vancouver-based Rainmaker Entertainment and production design on Animal Crackers for Blue Dream Studio Spain. Armand moved back to Disney Animation Studio in 2013. His later credits with Disney include the award-winning features Big Hero 6 and Zootopia and the 2017 featurette, Olaf's Frozen Adventure.
He left Disney summer 2018 to become a full-time freelance professional. He worked with a variety of studios such as Netflix Animation, Blizzard Entertainment, Riot Games, Niantic and Blur Studio.
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