Karla Ortiz is charming and charismatic award winning artist who works on a mind-boggling
variety of projects, ranging from concept art to illustration and fine art.
As a concept artist with over 6 years of professional experience, Karla has worked for Paragon Studios/NcSoft, Ubisoft, Kabam, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and currently works as a concept artist
for Marvel Film Studios.
As a professional illustrator, her clients include Wizards of the Coast, Ace Books, Tor Books, and has provided cover work and art for various authors and toy makers.
As a fine artist, she has shown her work in the Studio Gallery SF, the Safehouse studio shows, Spoke Art Gallery, Nucleus Gallery, Krab Jab Studio and Thinkspace Art Gallery.
Karla loves good music, good stories, good laughs and good food. She paints her days away with her cat Keedy Bady, and that's how she likes it.
What is the most exciting thing you've learned recently?
"I've recently learned from a friend to use the RGB sliders in Photoshop! I used to work solely on the hsb sliders. I feel it really allows for a lot of color variation in digital painting."
What do you wish you had known earlier in your career?
"I wish I had known that art is like a puzzle. When I was younger I often saw art as a direct reflection of myself and my skills. That would have a very negative impact on me whenever a painting gave me a hard time. Today I separate myself from the painting. If a painting goes wrong, it is merely a puzzle to solve, not a sign that there is something wrong with me."
What is the best piece of advice you've ever received?
"There's been several pieces. One is "You're not an an artist until you feel like quitting at least once", and "Rich lives give artists rich imaginations!"
At this stage in your career, what is your dream project?
"I wish to continue exploring my own personal work in more traditional mediums. I especially want to work more on large scale oils."
What's one thing that your students will take away from your workshop?
"I hope students taking my workshop learn useful methodology towards working in pencil. Frankly, however, this is the process I use for most of the work I do, whether it be concept, illustration or fine art - whatever artistic endeavor I'm working on at the moment. I start with a quick idea of what I want, then do research, a careful block in and then render. I will be teaching my personal approach and methods to creating art, but hopefully students will be able to apply this to their own working methods and more easily create their own art."
Karla's workshop, Mythological Character Portraiture, is March 18-20. Read more about it, or register for it here.