Lukas Stobie

Studio Stobie

The best part about my job is that I get to work in so many different creative fields and there's always a new and exciting opportunity or challenge. Over the years as a freelancer I've worked as an animator on multiple games, designed countless logos, shot, animated & edited numerous music videos, and supplied illustrations to several clients. My pixel illustrations are the thing I've become most known for. These images are low resolution but high in detail, every pixel counts and placement is extremely important. However I apply this approach to all my work ensuring that the final product is the best it can be. Whether it be a logo, or a short film, I always provide multiple options, allowing the client to be part of the design process.

my core skills

Pixel Art

Glitch Art

Video Editing

Game Design & Animation

Music Videos

Q & A

Whats the best thing to happen to you in your career to date?

Having one of my pixel art pieces based around Breaking Bad go viral and pop up on multiple sites and blogs I visit.

What does a typical work week look like for you?:

Mornings are spent checking emails and social media, afternoons are dedicated to bigger creative projects. Usually working on commissioned projects 2 or 3 days of the week, and my own project on other days. Most recently I have been creating a game. I also make sure to have at least one day off a week to relax.

Describe your working environment in a few sentences..

I work from home in an office I've set up in a spare room, however sometimes I will spend some time in a cafe, or even outdoors in the sunshine. I spend part of the year in Australia, and the other part in Japan where I also reside.

What sets you apart from other freelancers in your industry?

My pixel art and glitch animations. Also my experience interning in an Animation studio in Japan and education in game design, multimedia design and film-making. I have also been fortunate to work in all these fields on a professional level.

What are the tools of your trade?

My MacBook Pro, the Adobe Creative Suite and a pen & pad.

Do you collaborate with others? If yes, how does that works?

I collaborate with others all the time, most often online as some collaborators are located in different countries and/or timezones. I use a variety of methods to communicate including Facebook Messenger, Skype, Slack and Discord. I also ensure to be as transparent as possible with my process and establish realistic deadlines and expectations according to budget and resources available. Although I also enjoy a creative challenge and learning.

Whats been the biggest freelancing lesson to date?

Handling client expectations and explaining the creative & design process in terms they can understand if they're not familiar with it. How to go about billing clients and creating invoices.

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