Every artist is the sum of their experiences and influences: in our regular Spotlight section, we ask up and coming artists to share with us their process and their inspiration.
I was always the kid with the sketchbook, ever since I was old enough to hold a crayon I've been drawing on every scrap of paper to come my way. It wasn't until college that I decided to pursue art as a career though and started taking it seriously. My college instruction focused more on design and business however, all my illustration work is self-taught.
I’ve done many things over the years, I currently work as a concept artist for an indie game company called Multivarious. I also do book illustrations and have done some work for Disney in the past.
My career is currently working as a concept artist, and that’s an interesting job to have for someone stuck in Ohio! My location has led me to meet many great people interested in growing the gaming industry here though and I love it.
I enjoy sketching in pencil and always have at least two sketchbooks on me at all times. Sometimes I scan in those pencil sketches and color over them in photoshop, it’s the texture you get from traditional art that I’m constantly trying to replicate with my digital art.
This is the first piece I did that started gaining attention online, it was also one of my most extreme color experiments at the time. I would consider this piece the start of what I would call my current style, the strong light and hatching and vibrant colors. In fact, my more recent piece was a nod to the older piece, but with much stronger hatching and more of my current cartoon style.
At the moment, I’m working on pushing my colors and texture even further, and I’d like to dive into more semi-realism with my work. I work mainly with cartoons so there hasn’t been a need for it yet, but it’s something I’d like to learn.
Overlay/screen/soft light layers for color! Working with color is something you become more comfortable with the more you draw, but one of the beautiful things with digital art is the ability to completely change color, or add in color or do whatever you want with just a few adjustment layers. Learning how to continually mess with color as you’re working on a piece helps take off some of the pressure from needing to choose the right colors off the bat.
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