Saturday, 11 January 2014

WORK UPDATE- Loddi, a credited name?!

Wow, I must be the worlds worst blogger! It's been over a year since I last had anything interesting to say, but for me, it's been worth the wait.

If any of you out there saw the movie Don Jon (really who hasn't?), and happened to buy the dvd or blu-ray, you may wanna check out a few of the special features. Specifically in the fovourite things section there's a great animated short called "Vinegar"; and if you stick around for the credits you may see this (to your left)!

Thanks to the people of hitRECord, I had the opportunity to create some character designs for this short film! I'm one of many, but since this is the first time I've worked on a production that saw the light of day, I'm gonna brag just a little. So as your watching, keep an eye out for these colourful guys!

Now I should probably explain what's been going on for the past year or so that started all this. I spent most of 2013 working on my graphic novel, but at one point I hit a creative slump. So I started looking for an excuse to get out of my own head and just do something different. As it turned out twitter delivered the answer...well technically it was Joseph Gordon-Levitt's twitter, but still, yay twitter! After following this very talented person, I noticed many of his tweets (if not all) kept mentioning "hitRECord". So I finally took the time to check it out, and after 2 weeks of over thinking, I signed up as Loddi!

For those of you who haven't heard about hitRECord, shame on you! Just kidding, but you should follow the link and check it out. Basically it's a production company started by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, where artists of any kind, around the globe, can contribute work for different collaboration projects. The main project is the new TV show "HitRECord on TV", airing January 18th on Pivot. It looks fantastic, so follow the link to see previews!

Back in the summer, I signed up with zero expectations because of that old saying, "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is". My intention was to draw for a variety projects just to expand my portfolio, and that would be it! Since there are so many talented people on the site, you really don't expect anyone to notice you. Well it's safe to say my work did get noticed, and I've been grateful ever since. Especially today, after seeing my characters adapted in film for the first time, and my name along side all the artists who made it look so great.

Now I know I'm going to sound like a recruiting officer or something; but to all my fellow illustrators, you need to sign up to this site. At the very least, give it some consideration. I can safely say I haven't been this inspired to draw in a very long time! HitRECord offers so many projects that you have the freedom to expand your creative range. Also, unlike most gallery-type sites, you're drawing for a purpose. Even if your ideas don't get picked, you're among people who are all putting out their best for one common goal. Plus it's just fun and inspiring to see what other creative types can come up with! Well, that's my view on it anyway.

And with that, I'll end with a big thank you to all the people who made this experience possible! I can't wait to see what comes in 2014. Until next time interweb, you stay classy!

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

UPDATE- Work, life, etc.

Hello again blog lovers. I just logged on to realize you've been viewing my blog up into the quadruple digits; and considering my lack of posts I thought that was pretty sweet! So thank you for stopping by all those times.

The end of summer was filled with non-stop fun for me and my family, hope it was the same for all of you. My sister and a few of our friends also visited our first art crawl in September. It was amazing to see so many talented people, and you can read all about that on Jess's blog! After that I started the very long and appointment filled process of modifying a new wheelchair. I won't get into details, but the important thing is that I have it now! However this chair is taller than my old one, so I had to rearrange my work space. Not using photoshop for that month was torture, but I'm making up for it!

As far as work goes I still have a couple projects happening...just not sure if I can talk about them yet. But I can tell you that I decided to write a graphic novel of my own! I'm in the early stages of writing and working on characters sketches. I still don't know how comfortable I am talking details, or showing any pictures, but if I disappear from the internet again at least you'll know why. For now here's some illustrations I've been doing in my spare time, unrelated to my work.

I started this before I got my new chair, and worked a little on it today (as you can see on the far right). There's really no reasoning behind it, I just thought it'd be cool to do a scene with a recently killed monster. I still have to decide what the beast will look like before I work him in, because I'm not happy with the sketch (it looks like a giant dog).

At one point I got frustrated with the previous picture, so I started this...thing. I really don't know what it is, but I just needed to loosen up.

And lastly I have this other thing! There's some logic behind this one though. I just celebrated my birthday last week, and I finally realized how much I love the month of October (only took me 23 years to notice)! So I wanted to paint something using all the amazing fall colours we're enjoying. You can't tell yet, but I'm planning something cool for that orange fabric.

Anyway, that's all I have to show for now. Let me know what you think! Until next time interwebs, stay classy.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

PIXAR ARTISTS MASTERCLASS- Toronto

On July 27th and 28th I attended the Pixar master class, along with my friend, in Toronto. To say it was amazing would be a horrible understatement...I don't even care how dramatic that sounded, it's the truth! It was everything I'd hoped it would be, and more. Now I'm not going to get into specifics (pretty sure I'm not allowed to anyway), but I'll give you my thoughts.

The first day was all about story development, and I still feel that these lectures were my favourite; just based off the topic (not speakers or anything like that). Matthew Luhn spoke about everything from storyboards to writing gags. It was fantastic! We also had the privilege of having Emma Coats as a guest speaker, who gave so many useful writing tips, I almost stood up and asked for an encore (only my family and friends will get that joke...sorry). You need to check out her website, it's full of great information, and added bonus you can ask her anything! After that day I had never felt more motivated to get writing (which is odd for me), because not only did they outline what makes a great story, they gave you the tool to make one. Somethings may have seemed like common sense to the average person, but you'd be surprised how many people miss those ideas when they write. Plus to hear the experts confirm everything you've been thinking about for years was just wonderful. It made you feel less like a crazy person, because you can officially say "No there are other people who think like this, and they work at PIXAR!" (well it did for me anyway).

The second day, which covered everything animation, had more surprises than I had expected. You have to understand, I don't have the makings or the desire to be an animator. I took animation in college, but was not a fan of the whole "now make it move" aspect, so I decided to stick to illustrations. But I have a small understanding of what it takes (I never did it well, but I get it), so seeing an expert at work was just as fascinating. Andrew Gordon gave detailed lectures on all the principles of animation, and much much more. I personally enjoyed the gestures talk, because I could apply those lessons to my illustrations. You could tell all the aspiring animators in the room were mesmerized the entire day. And for those of you who want to get into that field, be prepared for more work than you bargained for! Not only do you have to analyze everything around you (which is common for any artist), but then you have to apply it flawlessly, in every teeny tiny detail. It's insanity, and I believe now more than ever that animators are gods among men.

It was a privilege to get the chance to attend, and I'll never forget. Also just an fyi to all of you animation fanatics, this tour isn't finished just yet! They've got one last stop in Vancouver, so if you can make the trip out there I highly recommend it to anyone in the film, gaming or comic book industries. Follow the link to register, you won't be disappointed.

Aaand since this is an art blog, I guess I should post some art! Here's the rough for something I started today.

It needs work I know, but I'll get there! Until next time interwebs, stay classy!

Thursday, 19 July 2012

HAPPY BAT DAY!

After a very long wait, the day is here! Jess and I are all pumped up for the Dark Knight Rises tonight. The tickets are printed, the bat t-shirts are on, and the marathon will begin shortly. Then...we wait for the signal in the sky (teeheeee). If I had the energy I'd be painting something Batman-ish, but as you can imagine, I didn't get much sleep last night (I know Jess was worse off) :P So to all the Bat-fanatics out there with tickets, I hope you have a wonderful evening! And keep an eye on Jess's blog, because you know a Batman pic is gonna pop up within the week!

Since I've had a very awful posting rate lately, here's the work in progress shots of my business card images. I wanted to paint something epic, so I looked into my sketch book, found my dog-man idea and ran with it. I'm pretty happy with the finished product (which is rare...for me), but when it was all put together on the card, I was ecstatic! I have Jess to thank for that; she took care of the text and layout (best sister ever). Anyway we picked up the cards yesterday and they were perfect, so I'm a happy camper!

I'll take pics of the cards soon; but until then interwebs, stay classy!

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

BIRD MAN- Preview

Wow it's been a while since I've posted anything, shame on me! Here's some rough work on a personal project I'm working on; I hope it makes up for my forgetfulness.

Basically I'm trying to create a Bird Man; and following the process of Terryl Whitlatch, I'm building him from the bones up (or out I guess). I gotta say it is a lot of fun creating creatures this way! I made sure I did plenty of research on bird anatomy (by research, I mean google), and found some key similarities to human muscles. But man, it gets tough. I'm constantly worrying about the logic behind every muscle, because each one should play an important role. I'm thinking of changing the back end to have more bird elements rather than human. We'll see!

Until next time interwebs, stay classy! Again, sorry for the lack of posts.

Monday, 11 June 2012

SITE NEWS

Happy Monday everyone! I may have missed yesterday's anatomy post, but I'll do you one better and officially announce the update to Over Dose Studio!

Jess has been hard at work re-vamping the logo and site layout, so thank you sis for all you're doing. Her portfolio will no longer be featured on the site, because she and her very talented friends are working towards starting 3J Design Solutions! It will be the graphic design company to knock your socks off (yea I went there people)! You can find out more about their plans here, and you can always see Jess's work on her temporary art portfolio. Parting is such sweet sorrow...well we're not physically parting (she works right beside me for pete's sake), but I'll still miss sharing the website we started 3 long years ago. Love you girl!

Logo Preview
With this change comes a whole new look! Over Dose studio is getting renamed to OD Illustrations, featuring both my personal and professional pieces. I'm really excited for the new gallery pages, they're super sleek and user friendly (what more could an internet lover ask for?). I think you'll be happy, but either way I know I am! So look forward to seeing the new site within the week (possibly tomorrow, finger's crossed)!

Until next time interwebs, stay classy!

Sunday, 3 June 2012

TATTOO DESIGN- Work in Progress

I know today was going to be my last anatomy post, but since I finished my sister's tattoo I'm sharing this instead! You can find more info on the design idea here.

Out of the two sketches I drew up for Jess (link), she and I felt this pose was the best. Usually when I start painting I keep the line art on a layer above with a low opacity. Once I have enough done I tend to hide it.









I typically work without colours for as long as possible. At this point I had just finished the hair and was moving on to the wings, BUT for some reason my Photoshop decided to mess with the hair layer! I didn't know why or how to fix it so I scrapped it and moved on....eventually. 'Tiz life!








It ended up being a good thing to loose the original hair layer. We now had the opportunity to replace the braid with a gold leaf hairpiece (sort of as a halo), and add more hair blowing to the side.









Once I had all my shadows worked out and all the pieces were made, I added colour. This is where I like to smooth things out (or add textures if it's a realistic pic), add darker shadows and pump up the highlights.










After some final adjustments I finished it off with a random background (just for myself). 7 hours and 42 minutes later, you got yourself a tattoo! Would've been more like 5 hours had Photoshop behaved, but it turned out for the best :)

Until next time interwebs, stay classy!