Born in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Marcos Mateu-Mestre is a visual concept, traditional animation layout, and graphic novel artist with 25 years of experience in feature animation. Some of his film credits include Balto, The Prince of Egypt, Asterix and the Vikings, Surf's Up, and How to Train your Dragon 2. His work in film, primarily for DreamWorks Animation and Sony Pictures Animation, has been focused on both the design and cinematic aspects of frame composition, lighting, and visual continuity of many key animation sequences, experience he summed up in his international best-selling book Framed Ink: Drawing and Composition for Visual Storytellers. In addition to his work in film, he has taught drawing, illustration, and visual storytelling techniques for 12 years and been a member of several international film festivals. Mateu-Mestre currently lives in Los Angeles.