Visual Development artist at Walt Disney Feature Animation -


For Kyle and Laura..



Pen to Paper: My Imaginary Friend Children’s Book


"Pen to Paper: My Imaginary Friend" is a collection of 25 short stories by students at 826LA and illustrated by professional artists. The book features more than 70 original pieces of artwork from artists within the animation, illustration, and comic industry from companies such as Pixar, Disney, Nickelodeon and DC Comics.

Link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/grworks/pen-to-paper-my-imaginary-friend-childrens-book

I was recently asked to be part of this upcoming show from GRWorks in Collaboration with 826LA to support youth arts in Los Angeles. Artists contributing alongside myself include…



Bobby Pontillas

Bruce Smith

Carrie Liao

Chris Sasaki

Cory Loftis

Daniel Arriaga

Everett Downing

Jeff Turley

Joe Mingoo Lee

Joe Pitt

Josie Trinidad

Katia Grifols

Lissa Treiman

Matt Nolte

Pam Tu

Patrick Osborne

Robert Kondo

Scott Watanabe

Shiyoon Kim

Tony Akins

Willie Real


Opening reception will be held on Sat 4/27 from 3-7pm in Downtown LA.  

The Journey Inward

These are about nine months old. It was a take on ” Rikki-Tikki-Tavi ” i did as a trainee at Disney Animation. I had some great mentors and fellow trainees Carrie Hobson and Guillaume Fesquet. 

There were some hard growing pains with these two paintings, and they hurt like hell, I’m not gonna lie. You think they’ll get easier or you’ll reach that plateau, after all the struggle and improvement theres going to be a great reward, but the rewards are small, and you have to enjoy them along the way. The journey has always been the destination.


First things first, Im not a huge fan of blogs for several reasons, I wont get into details, but this is why im constantly deleting my own. Since I’ve always felt like an art community misfit, tumblr seemed like a departure from the blogsphere of link lists, clicks, and critics.

I’ve always thought you get what your worth…if your worth a damn. Since I stepped foot into art college I set out to make it. Since then I’ve never felt like I was part of the art community, and I doubt that I ever will. What I do know is like most of us I stay up night after night trying to make something Im proud of, and prove to myself that I deserve to be where Im at, and I fail one hundred percent of the time. 

Nine months ago I came to Disney Animation as a trainee trying to define myself, and in the end I fell short and failed. In a round about way I was given a second chance, and thanks to a group patient and nurturing artists, I was given a platform to try again. At that moment, I stopped to look around and had an idea. Passion is an irreplaceable feeling, it can’t be traded for any title, prize or recognition. It’s inside us, and no one can take that away.

I made this to document that idea. My names Nick Orsi, and I’m out to defy the odds.

"Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen"
-Conan O’brien

"Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen"

-Conan O’brien