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Otha Zackariah Edward Lohse
Illustrator/ Concept Artist/ Animator
I've been a professional illustrator and concept artist, with some experience in animation since 1994. Recently, however, I've given up on careerism and gatekeepers, instead pursuing art for it's own sake -- profits be damned!
Concepts and Pieces
Awkward Comedy Show
- Supreme Robot Pictures LLC A New York based film production company. November 2008 Story boarding, direct, and final execution of illustrated assets for an animated segment in the documentary the Awkward Kings of Comedy. - PUNY LLC Minneapolis based new media company specializing in animation, interactive entertainment, web development, and narrative entertainment. January 2008 - October 2008 Position: Staff illustrator and assistant animator Tools Used: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Flash, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Aftereffects, Adobe Audition, Adobe Bridge, and Pen & Ink. Projects: Worked on layouts, story boards, animation, character design, background painting, asset creation, photo compositing, quality control, and testing for such diverse projects and properties as Yo Gabba-Gabba show and website, the Aquabats animated pilot, Kat Williams and Big Boy animated shorts, Groovy Girls interactive website, Kellogg's/Guitar Hero online game, and many more. - New Business Minnesota Minneapolis based publisher of a business news periodical focusing on the region of Minnesota. November 2007 and December 2007 Cover and article illustrations for the lead story in both November and December issues. - Capstone Press Mankato, Minnesota based publisher of non-fiction children's educational books. September 2003, Summer 2004, Spring 2006 2003/2004: Illustration of a 24-page comic-style children's book about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. The project was initially done as a prototype and later produced as a finished book. Spring 2006: Digital colorization of two (2) books for the Graphic Library line of books. - Medtronic A leading Minneapolis based medical device company. Fall/ Winter 2005-06 Co-writing, penciling, and laying-out a twelve page comic-book aimed at encouraging mentorship/ knowledge sharing amongst scientists/ co-workers. Project was indefinitely shelved by committee. - Qualcomm/ Gage Qualcomm is a technology developer specializing in wireless communications development. Gage is a major marketing firm. February - May 2004 Illustrations and graphic design for a set of trading cards made to promote Qualcomm's BREWâ„¢ application platform. - International Translation Solutions Minneapolis based translation firm specializing in foreign advertisers December 2002 - June 2003 Multiple postcard illustrations - DC Comics Major U.S. comic book publisher Fall 2002 - July 2003 Digital line restoration and digital re-coloring for vintage comics archive - Contemporary Cartoon Militia Independent comic book publisher June 2002 Illustration for a five page story in the comic book anthology A United Front (issue #2). - Psychedelicates Minneapolis independent pop-music band 2001 - 2002 Internal illustration on compact disc sleeve for their debut E.P. as well as poster and promotional art. - Bitstream Underground / MS Press A defunct Minneapolis based web-development firm / Microsoft's book publishing branch September 2001-November 2001 Character creation, designs, and Illustrations for .Net book promotional campaign - Peterson, Milla, Hooks Minneapolis based advertising firm October 1998 Character designs and storyboard illustrations for a television advertising campaign proposal - Big Brain Comics Minneapolis based comic book retailer January 1996 - July 2001 Produced and designed promotional materials, window displays, and magazine advertisements