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Trevor Hogg chats with illustrator Livio Ramondelli about his Transformers work as well as his love for comic books and movies...

“I'm originally from Pennsylvania, I moved to California to get my Masters and have been out here ever since,” states Illustrator Livio Ramondelli who comes from a family more involved with medicine and finance than the arts. “I was fortunate to attend The Academy [of Art University] which was a terrific experience. The faculty comes from day jobs at Pixar, [and] Ilm so you’re learning from working professionals about the current needs of the industry. In particular, a teacher Anthony Cristov, who is an art director at Pixar, taught me some essential tools for camera angles and composition; I’m very indebted to him.” Questioned as to his definition for a great illustration, Romandelli answers, “I’m always struck by Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns cover of Batman’s silhouette leaping past the lightning bolt. »

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