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Otha Zackariah Edward Lohse
Illustrator/ Concept Artist/ Animator
I'm a professional illustrator and concept artist, with some experience in animation. I've been an industry professional for nearly two decades with experience in many areas. I work in several styles of depiction (naturalistic, cartoony, etc.) with a main focus on line art and digital rendering.
Concepts and Pieces
Awkward Comedy Show
- Supreme Robot Pictures LLC
A New York based film production company.
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.
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
Illustration for a five page story in the comic book anthology A United Front (issue #2).
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
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