Spotlight – Vincent Lucido

Vincent Lucido

Vince’s life as an artist began as a small boy playing with legos and questioning the fabric of our “reality.”  He would sometimes wonder whether he was really alive or part of some sort of fanciful dreamworld created for someone else’s amusement (He thought ‘The Matrix’ ripped him off).  When he wasn’t pondering universal existence, he was drawing and creating for hours on end.  Art was not only a great escape, it was fun.

Those early years ignited a passion for art that would inspire him throughout his life.  After high school, he decided to pursue art as career with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration (with honors) at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He developed his storytelling and visual skills through editorial illustration work and his own comic strip at the university’s award-winning newspaper, The Daily Nexus. Upon graduation, he began his illustration career creating newspaper ads, comic books, and graphic design logos.

In 1998 he moved from Fresno, California to Los Angeles in pursuit of becoming a storyboard/production artist. He started landing work on smaller film projects fairly quickly and soon after he was producing storyboards for local television advertisements. Working primarily from word-of-mouth networking and affiliations with Los Angeles’ top storyboard agencies, his commercial production and music video clientele grew to include companies such as Nike and Mattel, and rock acts such as Filter and Kelly Clarkson.

He worked full-time at Storyboards Online in 2003 creating storyboards, comps, and animatic artwork for advertising agencies.  He now works independently in advertising for ad agencies all across the country.

His storyboard and conceptual artwork in film has expanded into big budget features (You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, Rendition), smaller independent films (The Nines, Barbarian Princess), and even on-screen artwork (Americano).  Recently on the Black Eyed Peas project, Instant Def, he was given the opportunity to not only help direct other storyboard artists, but do some assistant art directing as well.

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Jedlo: Defender of the Deep (Moombaya Books) a children’s picture book written by nationally renowned LA artist Ed Masey and illustrated by Vince was published in 2004.  He will be following this book with a fantasy graphic novel he has written and is currently illustrating entitled The Journey of Self.  The story for this book chronicles his own spiritual adventure through the life of the main character, Dusanek, and his companions.  In addition to this, Vince is excited to have co-founded the graphics company, Infinity Culture.  Their goal is to spread positive and uplifting messages through collaborative t-shirt designs and prints.

“I am proud to say that my passion for art is as strong as ever.  As I’ve been doing my own writing, having more creative responsibilities with directors, and even living life with more inspiration, I feel more connected to art as an expression of myself, not just my skills.  In work, I appreciate and honor my clients by offering them the best of my talent, strong work ethic, and creativity.   I feel so fortunate to have a career that reflects not only what I do, but who I am…an artist.”

Check out Vince’s website at http://www.vincentlucido.com/