Thomas Esmeralda

Entertainment Design


I've worked as a creative professional specializing in the creation of highly polished imagery for motion pictures, video games, and interactive visuals for over 16 years. I've made major, creative contributions as an art director or painter on productions both big and small for numerous studios including Dreamworks SKG, PDI/Dreamworks, Hammerhead Productions, CIS Hollywood, Industrial Light+Magic, The Orphanage, Framestore, Digital Domain, Rhythm & Hues Studios, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Walden Media, Electronic Arts, Blizzard Entertainment, Microsoft Games, and Crytek.

As a long standing member of The Visual Effects Society since 2006, I've actively participated in judging VFX nominations for the guild's annual VES Awards, and have contributed to numerous panels thoughout the years.

I have also previously taught concept design llustration, and animation for 7 years at both SJSU and CSUMB. After a 4 year hiatus from teaching, I'm excited that my return is here at ArtCenter.


  • ECPT-354-01: Advanced Digital Painting