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Born in 1969 in Texas, Todd White is an artist that has increased his profile beyond recognition with his distinctive style and iconic popularity across the world. After relocating to Hollywood, one of White’s key spells came at Warner Bros. Studios. Through character development, he began to forge his own artistic style and became part of the lead character design and animation team for the internationally renowned cartoon series SpongeBob SquarePants.
During this period White experimented with both style and concept, eventually arriving at a process that now guides him through every piece. Until White can conceptually see the story in his head, he won’t paint. He always names his pieces first, visualises faces and personalities and then develops each person’s story. The stark, unblemished delivery of his subjects is very much intended - what isn’t necessary to the story doesn’t go onto the canvas.
Hands are a focal point for White, reflecting the subject’s state of mind, as much as body language or facial expression. ‘‘Everyone’s hands are full of personality’’ he surmises, noting for example, how powerfully and expressively the small hand details will amplify an actor’s performance.