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Masters of the universe by Rudy Obrero
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Limited edition release of DTC MOTU series in collaboration with Rudy Obrero with the sounds of DJ James Cudi
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RUDY OBRERO, Master of Illustration
Trained in traditional illustration, he began his freelance career in a very competitive advertising market. Applying his traditional education to advertising, his career began with mainly oil paintings of movie posters such as Never Say Never Again (James Bond), The Postman Always Rings Twice (Jack Nicholson), as well as the early package art for the HeMan Masters of the Universe toy line for Mattel.
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Rudy Obrero was born in May 1949 and raised in Kaneohe, on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. It was during his tour of duty in the Air Force that his interest in art dawned. While stationed in Guam loading weapons onto B-52 bombers, he developed a hobby of drawing nearly everything around him during his off hours.
Upon discharge from the military he returned to the islands where he earned his A.A. at Leeward Community College and put together an entering portfolio to attend the prestigious Los Angeles Art Center College of Design, earning his B.F.A. in 1976. Also, during that time he married his wife Carol before moving to California. Trained in traditional illustration, he began his freelance career in a very competitive advertising market. Applying his traditional education to advertising, his career began with mainly oil paintings of movie posters such as Never Say Never Again (James Bond), The Postman Always Rings Twice (Jack Nicholson), as well as the early package art for the HeMan Masters of the Universe toy line for Mattel.
As his Los Angeles-based career progressed, he showed his versatility in the field of illustration and design by utilizing a wide variety of art mediums. He took his skills in the use of traditional mediums to transition into the digital media world, accumulating 40 years of experience with Mac Programs, Quark, Illustrator, Photoshop and Painter.
Rudy’s repertoire of freelance assignments includes work in advertising, ad concepts, illustration, photo collages and retouching. His versatility is evident in the full spectrum of work he does for his broad range of clients: Disney (Theatrical), Disney Imagineering, Disney Home Video, Warner Brothers, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal Studios, Trans World Entertainment, Fox 11, Burger King, Indy Mac, The Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles Magazine, Toyota, Avenues Magazine (AAA Club), Bravo Design, Mattel Toys, Matsuno Design Group, Russ Reid Advertising, B.D. Fox and Friends, RLR Advertising, American Historic Society, DZN Design, Fox Family, Shell, Xerox, For Kids Network, Sony Corporation and Houghton-Mifflin Publishing.
He is the style guide artist for E.T., Woody Woodpecker, Peter Pan, the Scorpion King, the Mummy Returns, Universal Monsters, Curious George, Siting Ducks and The Power Rangers. Rudy’s art has even expanded to other countries as he has done art for businesses in Japan and England. He designed the exclusive Liberian Millennium Silver Dollar coin. His recent projects have included posters for Cat in the Hat, Digimon The Movie, the King Kong collector’s package for Kellogg’s Corn Flakes and more.
After a rewarding 45-year career of illustrating, Rudy is returning to his roots in real media painting: loving the feel of the oils on canvas and the freedom to create whatever whim and fancy arises.
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