Andy Wagner – El Jeffe, Resident Opinionator, Gearhead
Andy had the good fortune to begin his career at the early onset of digital imaging and has maintained a love for creative retouching, special effects and digital illustration ever since. For many years, Andy worked in the hot seat of an edit suite creating onscreen magic for agency clients during interactive sessions. Andy’s passion for the work & leadership skills evolved into a longtime studio management role. He was responsible for building a national network of image creation and photography studios that consistently produced high-quality imagery for countless regional, national and international advertising campaigns. Using the latest in state-of-the-art technology, he and his team have been blending 3D rendering into the image making process for over 15 years. When Andy is not going out on a limb for his clients, he works as our resident handyman here at the studio but also has recently enjoyed restoring a ’69 Triumph motorcycle. Vrooom, Vroom . . .
William Wardy – Image Maker, Photographer, Biker
Will grew up in deciduous Oregon where his lifelong quest for the perfect image began early on in middle school where his fascination with photography took hold. Later on, while practicing his craft working at a custom pro-photo lab, his love of computers naturally evolved into becoming a creative retoucher and image maker. After moving to Dallas, he continued to hone his skills at a well-known, commercial printing company before switching his focus to creative illustration. Naturally, Will’s passion for visual expression drove him to learn 3D as yet another tool to add to his extensive toolbox. This combined with his many years of experience as a High-end Retoucher, Graphic Artist, and Photographer, means that all of his skills are being utilized to the highest level here at StudioTribe. When taking a break from his quest for the perfect image, Will enjoys riding on anything with two wheels – he has a Specialized and a Ducati here at the studio in case he can break away for a quick spin. He’s even known to take a camera along for the ride so he can capture inspiration along the way – not your typical biker dude behavior.
Valerie Moore – Illustrator, Retoucher, Painter, Altruist
Valerie Moore is an Illustrator and Creative Imaging Artist working primarily in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Her college experience at Emmanuel College in Boston, MA concentrated on fine art, illustration and painting but her love for working with images came a little later. She possesses a deep understanding of Photoshop and develops her own unique illustrative and creative techniques. She commonly draws upon these techniques to impress her clients when creating photorealistic illustration work. What’s more is that she truly enjoys working in close collaboration with art directors & photographers and clients love the fact that she brings her own artistic input to their projects. Valerie always sees the forest for the trees and is known to expand upon & enhance her clients’ original creative vision; always remaining laser-focused on ensuring that their projects are successful. As a veteran in creating stunning advertising imagery, Valerie has had the opportunity to work with hundreds of nationally recognized brands and always brings unique insight and a fresh approach to the work. With a husband and two sons, Valerie doesn’t have much spare time but if she did, she would spend it painting or . . . shopping, a creative journey in its own right.
Thomas “Tommy” Tate – Retoucher, Video Editor, Gamer, well . . . sorta . . .
Pablo Picasso said “the purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls,” and Thomas Tate has been living that vision since he was an advertising intern in high school. Utilizing tools that were introduced early in his career, Tommy’ s imaging roots began at a fast-growing premedia company in the DFW area . He rapidly became a leader in photorealistic retouching and added video editing to his repertoire. In 2012, Tommy dusted off his daily life and joined some friends in artistic pursuits here at StudioTribe. When he’s not creating images at the studio, he’s creating fun at home with his wife, a modern-style dance instructor, his two young sons, and their obsessive Border Collie, Indy, who’s got a a loud bark but no bite. His home is where a lot of grilling, ball-playing, and real-life inspiration happens. Oh yeah, he also loves him some craft beer & Lego Batman.
Paul Miller – Drawer, 3D Animator, The Natural, D&D’er
Paul Miller joined StudioTribe as a digital imaging & animation artist looking to expand his portfolio and we’ve certainly helped him do just that. Born & raised in Plano, TX, Paul began drawing at a very young age, not for school but for fun, and naturally discovered a bonafide talent for character development (only back then he called it drawing wizards & orcs and accredits Dungeons & Dragons as his inspiration). “Everybody told me I was good,” Paul expressed, “so I decided to pursue a degree in Animation from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.” Until then, Paul had no idea that he could make a career out of this boyhood hobby. Paul graduated in 2013 and moved back to the Dallas area where he worked at a 3D body scan shop that ultimately created bobbleheads before climbing into his chair at StudioTribe. Here, he acts as a big part of the trunk to our tree specializing in conceptual sketching, character development & 3D modeling. When asked what he does in his spare time, Paul responds with “more 3D animation, of course.” (We love that he says this, btw, and you should too.) He also has fun creating 3D miniatures and game pieces, turning his animations into real-life objects. Paul feels like he’s reached the top when he gets client approval on his projects. This tells him that not only are his artistic skills in tact but that he could also moonlight as an interpreter.
Joel Parés – Photographer, Digital Artist, Marine, Pizza Addict
Joel is an award winning, internationally recognized and published photographer and digital artist who specializes in exactly what we do here at StudioTribe – creative imaging and compositing for advertising a.k.a image making. Joel likes to make a statement with his work and is able to take a concept through all the steps needed to turn an image into a message. He was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Denton, TX where he grew up watching his father take pictures with a 35mm camera and listened to his mother tell countless stories of her modeling days back home. This combination of image and story paired with his invaluable exposure to different cultures while in the Marines, inspired Joel to purchase a camera during his last deployment. It was during this time that he taught himself how to photograph people and how to use Photoshop to elaborate on their expressions – tell their story. In 2012, he was at a turning point in his life and decided to branch out & go with his gut – he enrolled at the Art Institute of Dallas, despite already being a self-taught professional photographer & digital artist. This is where he was able to learn the fundamentals of fine art in both shooting and post-production. After the Art Institute, Joel turned a temporary internship into a full time retouching position with an acclaimed local photographer. Joel spends his free time working on other creative projects (love it!, really??), playing sports and practices martial arts when he can. If he’s not hanging in the treehouse, you might find him at one of his favorite pizza places but don’t tell that to his health-conscious alter ego.
Mark Jackson – Client Services, Bean Counter, Camp Counselor
Mark has spent the majority of his advertising career as a customer service advocate. His calm demeanor lends himself well to being an invaluable liaison between the clients and the artists. Mark’s role begins by receiving the raw image & graphic design files from the customer and he then translates their creative vision to reality; keeping projects on time and under budget. Mark specializes in evaluating what’s been given to us as our starting point & maps out the best way to turn over the project to the artists. On the back end, he ensures that the end user’s specifications are applied accordingly. Mark’s motto has always been, and will continue to be… “Shaking that bush Boss”… circa 1967, Cool Hand Luke. In what spare time he has, Mark enjoys watching his son play sports, always has a few home improvement projects going, & also likes to squeeze in a camping trip now & then.
Jodi James – Marketer, Ad Junkie, Fashionista
Jodi is no newbie to the biz, in fact, some would say she’s an ad junkie. She repped us from 2004-2012 BST (before StudioTribe) and was involved in the original development of many of the accounts that we still work on today. After a short hiatus & procreation of two future StudioTribers (Carly & Wade), she has returned to her indigenous roots. Jodi received her bachelor’s degree in Marketing & International Business in 1999 from Oklahoma State University. She began her career selling air time at the Edge radio station in Tulsa, OK where she was not only responsible for sales but also for writing copy for her clients’ commercials. After a few years in the world of digital printing, she decided to not accept the title of “Old Maid’ in Oklahoma and made the venture to the Big D in 2004 where her career launched into providing a full suite of services for print advertising & packaging including design, photography, image creation & print services for clients in a variety of industries ranging from retail to restaurants to consumer products. In her downtime, Jodi enjoys going to concerts . . . any concert (two of her favorites were Merle Haggard and Ice Cube), spending time with family & friends, travel & she still has the utmost appreciation for all the adventures the Big D has to offer (fashion, arts & culture, restaurants, parks, meeting people from all walks of life, etc.). We’re just glad she had a relapse back into her old ad junkie ways & joined us in the treehouse.
Sue Navarette – Accountant Extraordinaire, Organizer/Overplanner, Globetrotter
Sue was born and raised in Wichita, KS with accounting in her blood. We get to benefit from not only her experience but also her father’s as he is a retired accountant/CFO and she’s not scared to pick up the phone and ask his advice on the pros/cons of booking an entry a certain way. She loves balance, something that a company full of artists certainly requires. Moreover, she’s well known in business and in her family for organization & for making spreadsheets – “what’s in the freezer” spreadsheets, cleaning spreadsheets, birthday spreadsheets, and even fudge & peanut brittle spreadsheets (this is one that you want to get your name on!). We are making her sound so buttoned up that you would think she doesn’t know how to have fun. Contraire Mofrair – Sue loves to get out of her comfort zone and see the world – with having visited over 14 international cities and many more still on her bucket “spreadsheet”, our books better balance so she can get outta dodge.