Artist Frank Ordaz

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Here's the skinny. I knew I was an artist by the time I was 7 years old. I was "all in" to use a poker term and by the time I was 12 I was studying with a portrait master by the name of Theodore N. Lukits in Los Angeles.

I was also mentored by notable California Plein Air artist Sam Hyde Harris who was friends with Norman Rockwell. I grew up with stories by 2 men who were born in the 1800's. By the time I graduated Art Center College of Design in Pasadena I was already painting for the movie industry and was hired by George Lucas's company ILM. My first assignment was to paint a large establishing shot for the motion picture ET. Director Steven Spielberg liked it and my career took off. I had the wonderful opportunity to work on many well known and successful oscar winning movies as a matte painter. The most universally known was Return of the Jedi. The movie contained over 40 matte paintings. The definitive book to see is "The Making of Return of the Jedi" by J.W. Rinzler. Along the way I was awarded an Emmy for my contribution to the " Ewok Movie". The experience at Lucasfilm taught me the importance of deadlines and painting everyday at a high level of consistency.


 Restless as an artist, I went on to start a new career as an illustrator in 1986. During a span of over 20 years I worked on movie posters , magazine illustrations , gift merchandising , book covers ( over 100 ) , advertising campaigns and finally illustrating children's books. One of the highlights was winning the ECPA Gold Medal for illustrating the book " The Very First Christmas". Also , as a result of illustrating the book " Josie's [...]

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