Drew Pocza | illustration
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Making it move

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I have said this many times and will probably say it again, but I love seeing my work move. Almost to the point I wish I had the time and brain juice to make it happen myself! over the past year or soI have been fortunate to work with a couple motion graphics teams. I don’t remember how I found Loose keys, but am glad I did. Really nice crew that works hard at putting personality into their work as much as I try to put in mine.

After following Loose Keys on G+ and appreciating what they do, I want to be a part of it. So I just asked if I could play with them. A few months later the chance came and it was very fun. The sent me the script and story boards and we went to work on this video for Signal!

I have also work worked on large video projects for Microsoft that when the time is right, I would love to show off! it’s a different way of thinking than doing a basic illustration. Having it set up into break part sections for animation was interesting. Actually drawing everything and not creating only what is visible in the scene was a challenge, but it meant we could use the art in other ways.

So, if you need any help with your next video, or illustration let me know!

Drew

COMICS!

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It’s pretty clear by my work that I love comics. Comic books, strips, and animation has all had a big impact on me. I grew up in the 70/80’s with lots of options for Saturday morning cartoons. Yes, they actually had a morning devoted to cartoons. We didn’t have the luxury of several cartoon channels. Then I discovered the newspaper comics and was in complete awe that people made them. Of course Peanuts, Bloom County,  and Calvin and Hobbs were favs. I started reading Heavy Metal magazine for exposure to all kinds of wild artists. And then there was Epic Illustrated. Epic introduced me to Vaughn Bode. I’m a massive fan of anything Bode. Mark, his son carries on the style like no other. Tons of imperfect lines that mesmerized me. I was on a scavenger hunt for Bode stuff, it wasn’t as easy as searching online. Ya had to know people who knew people who had this crazy underground stuff. I would go to dark ally way head shops looking for this stuff. And it was hard. Ok, I ‘m going off on a tangent. Gotta focus.

I love comics. I have tried to make a few strips over the years. When I was laid off from a gaming publisher, I found myself on unemployment, looking for work. What better time to try a strip. I wanted to do a strip to help me keep the creativity flowing while lout of work. So I took all the strips I had done and mashed them into one. It was like finding my own comics jeet kun do, taking the best from each strip and making one. And Pokeweed was made. I try to put into the strip all the crazy stuff that I like. From fart jokes to conspiracy theories and more. I have been doing the strip for a few years now and gained decent exposure to new fans and even clients now. I continue to do the strip “as I can” while on the constant hustle to find work. And when I get busy, the strip sadly sits on the back burner. Why do I still do it? I like to. Simple as that. I love the little world I created and when I am actually making the strip, I find it to be my “happy place”. Are the numbers where they should be or where I would like them to be? No. But I still believe in the strip. Even if it’s for a temporary escape. More and more cartoonists are reaching out to their fan base for $$ help to keep their dream alive. I’m no different and am considering a kickstarted or patreon campaign. My thinking is this: If I can get enough backers to help me alleviate the work load, that will free up time for more comics. It never hurts to try.

Not only am I designer/illustrator, but proud cartoonist. The cartoons and illustration have been working hand in hand. If you haven’t read Pokeweed I hope you will. My love for old bw, newspaper style comics will be noticeable.

Penguin Fun!

cardsLast year I had some of the most fun ever doing a holiday card for a legal firm in D.C. That’s right, I said fun, and legal team in the same sentence.

The challenge. Come up with a non holiday specific holiday card. We couldn’t use people since we may forget an ethnicity or two. And we couldn’t use a specific holiday, as we may forget one or two or make somebody feel bad. Sometimes, Political correctness can make for a good challenge. So of course, penguins fit perfectly! The next step was figuring out what they were going to do. After few ideas, we decided on “Extreme Fun”. The firm likes that stuff and we really wanted to push it to reflect their attitude.

But we didn’t want an ordinary holiday card with penguins to look flat and boring. So the choice was made to make a pop-up! Excellent. Working with the designer to pull this off in a timely fashion was a blast. She nailed it. We were all very happy with the end results. The icing on the cake was the little logo treatment of the firm on the side car. To me, it’s the little things that make an illustration.

The holidays will be here before we know it. Next time you go to Costco look at the Halloween AND Christmas decorations that are out now, mid September for proof. If you are thinking about doing holiday message that could use some fun art, let me know!