Name: Michael Lombardi
Location: Melbourne, Australia
How long have you been doing art: Since I was little I’d draw my action figures. My retro style started being my regular style in 2009.
How long have you been dancing: I took my first class in 2010 in Perth, Australia, I’ve danced regularly since then, apart from on long break in 2012.
What inspired you to make art: With my style it came from an animation background, wanting to figure out what made styles I liked so appealing and wanting to do my own take on it. At the time of figuring that out I was also becoming more interested in the retro scene and imagery and it all blended together into a style I wanted to stick with.
What is your medium: I’ll sketch first, then it’s digital. Although I try to give my work textures that seem organic.
Where you hope to go with your art: Stay employed. Currently I also work as an animator on a television series. Those jobs are always contracts that only last a certain amount of time. I do my art in my spare time. I get occasional commissions but I enjoy it most when I do it for myself.
Are you available to make these for people? Yes, of course.
Kevin and Jo – by Michael Lombardi
Perhaps you’ve seen Michael’s work and didn’t know it was his. That actually happens quite a bit. I asked him what he thought about having his art being used without his permission. Here is what he has to say:
I usually don’t know where to begin with talking about my art, I prefer to let it speak for itself.With the art usage I have a lot of stories about it though. I’ve found it’s mostly just a genuine niavety, people often just find it on google search. I’ve attached some images of some of the strangest places I’ve come across it.
I became aware of it during Herrang 2011. I wasn’t there but a friend came across someone wearing a badge of my art. This guy messaged me saying how the school he attends in Belgium uses it as a logo and they sold hundreds of badges to raise money for charity to build a well in, I think, India. Once I started searching for it there were loads more. I was at Herrang in 2012 and the food cards had my artwork on the back.
Last december a friend in swing found a Korean handbag manufacturer using my art on their handbags (with my name replaced with a fake name). Sometimes there’s funny stuff too. Someone sent me a pic of her friends birthday cake once, which had my artwork recreated in icing on the cake.
As long as people aren’t trying to profit from my work I usually don’t mind how often it gets used anymore as it spread so far it’s out of my control and people’s intentions usually aren’t to rip me off.
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