Ashley Lo Russo
Ashley Lo Russo is a Canadian filmmaker and artist based in Toronto, Ontario. Her work in stop-motion, compositing and motion design marks her a Jill-of-all-trades. She graduated from OCAD University in 2015 and has since then been creating short films with the collective she founded called RotoJam.
Ways I Work
Favourite artist(s) right now
Alexander Jansson (illustrator), Naoto Hattori (oil painter) and Peter Gric (painter) are artists I'm following right now. Their work is surreal, fantastical and other-worldly.
Everyone should know about
This animated tv show called Rick and Morty.
Who do you consider a genius?
A classical animator named Richard Williams whom I've had the honour and privilege of meeting at Annecy 2013. He's a genius at animating and his perseverance is exemplary.
When I'm not making art, I'm (a) ...
Digital Design Technician (DDT for short) My day job is to 3D print objects and teach people how to 3D print their own objects. I usually tell people I'm a DDT by day and animator by night!
Why is art important to you?
I think there's something inherent in me that makes me want to love and create art. I feel like I'm going to explode if I'm not making something. I go through different phases of making work as well. For example, I was really into drawing last winter, then I started making puppets for stop-motion, then I was animating chocolate, and finally, I'm making motion graphics in After Effects. I feel like it's important to keep those creative juices going, no matter what medium you choose.
Which piece of art you've created is your favourite, and why?
The work I'm most proud of right now is my most recent stop-motion clip. I spent the whole summer animating footage I had of dancers with tiny pieces of colourful chocolate. I had to use tweezers to move each chocolate one millimetre at a time in every frame. It was tedious and time-consuming, but the results were better than I expected!
Beverage of choice
In a previous life I was (a) ...
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Why is it important for people to have art in their home or life?
I think it's important to be amazed and awe-struck when looking at a great piece of work every once in a while. Whether it be film, animation, illustration, looking at Instagram or visiting artist tables at conventions, there's something about good art that keeps us entertained and interested in what we're looking at and that's also why I think people want to buy art for themselves.