Paul Tobin
Paul Tobin
Art Director, Senior Concept Artist - Weta Workshop
Wellington, New Zealand

Summary

Senior Creative at Wētā Workshop
Supervisor at Wētā Workshop School at Massey University

For the last nineteen years Paul has been employed at Wētā Workshop, an award-winning concept design and manufacturing facility located in Wellington, New Zealand.

He has worked as an Art Director and Senior Concept Artist on film, television and game projects notably; Peter Jackson’s and Guillermo del Toro’s “The Hobbit Trilogy”, James Cameron’s “Avatar” (and sequels), Andrew Adamson’s “Chronicles of Narnia”, Blade Runner 2049, “Ghost in the Shell”, “The Expanse”, Activision’s “Call of Duty:Vanguard” and Monolith’s “Shadow of Mordor”. Paul was also a senior creative on the award winning exhibition “Gallipoli: Scale of Our War”.
An avid artist from a young age, much of Paul’s early life was spent creating imaginary worlds, playing Dungeons & Dragons and dreaming of working for George Lucas and Jim Henson. After failing to gain entrance into art school, Paul pursued his continuing interest in history and language studying a Bachelor of Arts at Victoria University. The next four years saw Paul embark on an overseas adventure, exploring many of the ancient locations and cultures he had studied and working part-time on archaeological excavations.
Returning to Wellington to find “The Lord of the Rings” in production, Paul's passion for film was reignited, leading him to complete a Degree in Design at Massey University. His first connection with Wētā was as an extra being dressed in Gondorian armour on “Return of the King” and not long after that he started his Concept Artist career at Wētā Workshop on “The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe”.
Outside of Wētā, Paul is involved with a number of on-going creative projects. He founded New Zealand’s first science fiction and fantasy art-book anthology White Cloud Worlds (2010). This led to the creation of the entertainment convention Industry of Imagination (2016-17). Most recently Paul has returned to his gaming roots and co-founded a board game company called Arkus Games (2019).
http://www.paultobinart.com/
https://arkusgames.com/
https://www.whitecloudworlds.com/

Skills

Art DirectionWorld BuildingCharacter DesignCreature DesignEnvironment DesignProp DesignIllustrationPortraitureTypographyGraphic DesignWritingTeaching

Software proficiency

Photoshop
Photoshop
InDesign
InDesign
Illustrator
Illustrator
ZBrush
ZBrush
DAZ Studio
DAZ Studio

Productions

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    • Movie
      Avatar Sequels
    • Year
      2020
    • Role
      Concept Artist
    • Company
      Weta Workshop
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    • Movie
      Bloodshot
    • Year
      2020
    • Role
      Concept Artist
    • Company
      Weta Workshop
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    • Movie
      Mortal Engines
    • Year
      2018
    • Role
      Concept Artist
    • Company
      Weta Workshop
  • Blade runner 2049 poster
    • Movie
      Blade Runner 2049
    • Year
      2017
    • Role
      Early development concept design and visualisation.
    • Company
      Weta Workshop
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    • Movie
      Wrinkle in Time
    • Year
      2018
    • Role
      Art Director Weta Workshop (uncredited)
    • Company
      Weta Workshop
  • Ghost in the shell pstr02
    • Movie
      Ghost in the Shell
    • Year
      2017
    • Role
      Concept Designer
    • Company
      Weta Workshop
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    • Movie
      Power Rangers
    • Year
      2017
    • Role
      Concept Designer (suits)
    • Company
      Weta Workshop
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    • TV Production
      The Expanse
    • Year
      2015
    • Role
      Concept Designer
    • Company
      Weta Workshop
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    • Video Game
      Grey Goo
    • Year
      2015
    • Role
      Concept Designer
    • Company
      Weta Workshop
  • Snow girl  the dark crystal cover
    • Movie
      ZHONGKUI: SNOW GIRL AND THE DARK CRYSTAL
    • Year
      2015
    • Role
      Concept Designer
    • Company
      Weta Workshop
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    • Movie
      Hercules
    • Year
      2015
    • Role
      Concept Designer
    • Company
      Weta Workshop
  • Middle earth shadow of mordor
    • Video Game
      Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
    • Year
      2014
    • Role
      Concept Designer
    • Company
      Weta Workshop
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    • Movie
      THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES
    • Year
      2014
    • Role
      Concept Designer
    • Company
      Weta Workshop
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    • Movie
      THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
    • Year
      2013
    • Role
      Concept Designer
    • Company
      Weta Workshop
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    • Movie
      THE HOBBIT : AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
    • Year
      2012
    • Role
      Concept Designer
    • Company
      Weta Workshop
  • Theadventuresoftintin
    • Movie
      The Adventures of Tintin
    • Year
      2011
    • Role
      Concept Designer
    • Company
      Weta Workshop
  • Avatar
    • Movie
      Avatar
    • Year
      2009
    • Role
      Concept Designer
    • Company
      Weta Workshop
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    • Movie
      District 9
    • Year
      2009
    • Role
      Concept Artist
    • Company
      Weta Workshop
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    • Movie
      Outlander
    • Year
      2009
    • Role
      Concept Artist (uncredited)
    • Company
      Weta Workshop
  • Narniaprincecaspian
    • Movie
      The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
    • Year
      2008
    • Role
      Concept Designer
    • Company
      Weta Workshop
  • Blacksheep
    • Movie
      Black Sheep
    • Year
      2006
    • Role
      Concept Artist
    • Company
      Weta Workshop
  • Narniathelionthewitchandthewardrobe
    • Movie
      The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
    • Year
      2005
    • Role
      Concept Designer
    • Company
      Weta Workshop
  • Kingkong
    • Movie
      King Kong
    • Year
      2005
    • Role
      Concept Designer
    • Company
      Weta Workshop

Experience

  • Art Director/Senior Concept Artist at Weta Workshop Design Studio
    Wellington, New Zealand
    March 2003 - Present
  • Creative Director at Art and Industry of Imagination
    Wellington, New Zealand
    June 2016 - June 2016

    ‘Art and Industry of Imagination’ brings together a spectacular lineup of leading international and local artists in science fiction and fantasy.

    This inaugural Wellington event, will inspire and share how these experts create and develop imaginary worlds for film, television, publishing and games.

    http://www.art-and-industry-of-imagination.co.nz/

  • Creator/Editor at White Cloud Worlds - Art Book Anthologies
    Wellington, New Zealand
    September 2007 - Present

    White Cloud Worlds is a three book art anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art showcasing over 70 NZ artists from New Zealand, 'The Land of the Long White Cloud'

    www.whitecloudworlds.com

  • Director at Ignite Inc.
    Wellington, New Zealand
    September 2007 - Present