At present, I am doing more studying than illustrating, expanding my 3D modeling skills to meet the production pace of a major studio like Industrial Light & Magic. One of the requirements of the ILM challenge was complete originality, meaning every asset used in the creation of a submission had to be the sole creation of the artist. Scenes I could have composed in a couple of days, using third-party content I already possessed, could not be created in the thirteen days I had to work on the first part of the challenge--not when I needed to model and surface every asset from scratch. I'm making it a personal challenge to make sure that next time, I can.
In the past year or so, I focused for a bit on World Machine again and trained myself on Filter Forge while weeding through a couple decades of notes and rough drafts for Child of Paradox. I am currently working to master Substance Designer & Painter, and refreshing myself on Quixel Suite. I'm trying to find the time to learn 3DS Max, Maya and Mudbox and get used to Blender 2.8. Somehow, in all of that, I need to get some products finished and published for sale, too. I'm enjoying the challenges, though.
Auburn, CA, USA
Author Artist Illustrator Photoshop Expert Graphic Designer Content Writer Philosopher
2D/ 3D Illustrator
Growing up, I was passionate about art and writing, and that drew me instinctively to illustration--with an eye toward creating comics. As a writer, my goal is to feed the imagination of the reader. As an artist, my goal is to share the product of my own imagination, and that is an endlessly inspiring challenge. I am predominantly a self-taught artist, and for most of my life a harsher judge of my work than anyone around me. I am always striving to be a better artist than I am, and struggling to do justice to my imagination. Unfortunately, I was not good at marketing myself; I was not making a living as an artist, and the need to pay bills pulled me off course over and over. It took a few years to shift the current back toward creative work--and I am now focused on 2D/3D digital illustration with an eye out for opportunities to tell better stories through art.
I started with traditional media as an artist, but came across Photoshop (version 2) as early as 1988. I was not able to spend much time with it--couldn't afford the software or a computer powerful enough to use it, until about 1998. As an Intern at a small ISP in Livermore, I was able to learn on the job (using version 5) and used it for graphic and web design. I upgraded to Photoshop CS in 2005 and started to use it for illustration. From 2006 to 2010, I mastered Photoshop while pursuing a degree in Visual Communications, upgrading to CS2 in 2008 and CS5 (as part of the Design Premium Suite) in 2010. I have used it predominantly for illustration and design, in contract and freelance graphics, mastering photomanipulation along the way. Photoshop also helped me to branch out into vector and 3D graphics, and has proven to be an essential tool for 3D postwork. With Photoshop in my creative arsenal, I can do just about anything!
As a kid I loved to read and had an overactive imagination that inevitably spilled over into writing. Ironically, I flunked Creative Writing in high school in spite of being an AP English student! I made up for that by acing my Creative Writing classes with the University of Phoenix, and expanded beyond fantasy/sci-fi writing to include all kinds of writing, from academic papers to business process documentation, technical writing and content writing. As a content writer, most of my work is integral to developing web sites. I had a small run of Helium articles from 2005 to 2008. I have a blog where I speculate on various topics from the practical to the philosophical. Most recently, I contributed a few articles to DegreeStory by way of Elance.
I am not a student of philosophy. I would love to sit down and chat with any or all of the great thinkers, absolutely! But, I don't care who said what. I care about thinking and asking questions, and understanding things. I'm a student of perspective and I believe in asking questions, not defending answers. I am not content to think I know something. I want to understand why. I want to go past words and numbers, because definitions, by definition, limit understanding. There's only so much you can put into words, and I can't help chasing the thoughts that try to slip past me. I choose to see everything, and everything I see depends on how I look at it.