Illustrator, sculptor and concept designer
Sometime animator, now tall tale and troll enthusiast.
I started out as a sculpting illustrator, mostly working for advertising and publishing houses. During a number of years I continued to teach myself the craft of commercial illustration, all the while daydreaming of movies full of fantastic occurrences and fabuolus creatures.
For my main interest in those years really was animation, and I learned the fundamentals of the craft by experimenting in my own home in front of a super-8 movie camera. And then, a few years hence, I was welcomed to join a small animation company in Oslo, Studio Magica. This was an opportunity for me to start designing for animation projects, and to learn the craft of animation more thoroughly. Eventually I scripted, designed, directed and animated a short film of my own - "Sausage" - which has turned out to be my sole venture of this kind. - But I´m proud to record that it has been widely televised, and that it brought me invitations to several animation festivals on three continents.
As you may know, the work of animating movies is extremely time-consuming. So, ever since I was head designer and animatord for the full length digitally animated movie "Free Jimmy" (2005, directed by Christopher Nielsen), I have favoured labouring within the considerably shorter time-frames of illustration and small-scale sculpture.
Which ultimately has resulted in a steadily expanding number of images inspired by old folk tales and more recent fantasies.
All material on this website are copyright Ivar Rødningen, and cannot be used in any commercial context without my explicit consent.
By the way, here is a view from the window above my desktop at Gran, Hadeland. My house is situated approximately sixty kilometers north of Oslo, Norway.