J. Mauricio Hoffman joins our Instructor Spotlight series as he provides a glimpse into his life as an artist and educator, including his animation work on Jon Favreau’s Gnomes & Goblins.

Gnomon's instructors are working professionals who bring unique experiences and perspectives into the classroom, and Mauricio is no exception! As a Lead Animator, he has brought the art of animation to a variety of games and studios throughout the industry. As a Gnomon instructor, Mauricio teaches his students how to bring game characters to life through compelling acting, movement, and emotion.

During this interview, we will talk with Mauricio about his journey as an artist, what it is like to work as an animator in games, and what you can expect when learning from him at Gnomon. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask your questions in the chat!

Immediately following the interview, our host Adam Hartel will share a brief informational session about the Gnomon student experience and the various careers for artists within the Visual Effects, Animation, and Games industries.

Events with closed captioning are available via Gnomon Facebook Page.


Gnomon's full-time programs and 10-week individual courses are designed to develop well-rounded artists that are skilled in the diverse disciplines within 3D production. For those outside of the US, virtual classroom-style online courses are also available.

Guest Speakers

J. Mauricio HoffmanPresident and CCO of Monkey Brain Studios | Education Lead: Animation at Gnomon

J. Mauricio Hoffman is an Animation Director with over 20 years of experience creating, directing and supervising animation, mainly in the video game industry, cinematics and Virtual Reality Production.

Mauricio has also been teaching animation and art related courses since 2010, as well as mentoring students and helping them shape their career paths.

Adam HartelGnomon Host

As Outreach Representative, Adam travels to high schools, community colleges, and trade shows to educate prospective students about Gnomon’s academic options and provide information about careers in the entertainment industry. With over two decades of experience working in nonprofit, Adam has used his skills in visual art, photography, and design to create socially conscious initiatives in collaboration with art students and professionals. He has lived and worked abroad in Norway and the Netherlands while traveling Europe as a community developer and public speaker. Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology from LIFE Pacific University.

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