I recently and the privilege of joining my good friend Luke Flowers for a trip to New York to be part of his art show as well as meet my valued clients. Luke was invited to create artwork for the 30th anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Nickelodeon. The show drew a huge crowd of Turtle fans. Luke had two beautifully executed pieces there for fans to appreciate. His work has layers of concept and those 'oh cool i didn't see that at first' elements to his work and his gallery pieces were no exception—nice work buddy!
I've just published a personal works gallery! This section of work has one goal—to create realistic landscapes and architectural spaces—no people—just environments. A secondary goal is to make works that aren't overly fanciful or moody-just spaces that hopefully inspire a visit. As an illustrator/photographer, I'm more often than not inspired by a space long before I place people in it for a cover or ad. And when I am commissioned for a piece, I always begin with the environment and then ask myself how characters logically fit in the space. All work was rendered with Vray and modeled in Cinema 4D and Zbrush.
I recently had the exciting opportunity of sharing my work process with E-on Software on their Cornucopia3D site. They were interested in hearing how I utilize their digital nature software for much of my workflow. You can read it here
About three years ago I was given the privilege of creating three images based on the passion of Christ and his final hours as a man. As a Christian, this was a career highlight and I was determined to add something new to all of the artwork from the past that already did a great job depicting these passages of scripture. I'm creating this post as we near Easter Sunday and I want to share a question that my pastor brought up this last weekend.
"What will you do with Jesus?"
Jesus made some huge claims while He was on earth. He claimed to be God and He assured us that He could forgive our sins and make us right with God. He said that His way was the only way if we were to have eternal life in Heaven. It seems like most of us would prefer Heaven over Hell. And yet this requires us to make a decision about Jesus—were His claims true, or was He crazy?
I'm working on a Dutch art studio from the Renaissance period and i wanted to share my progress with you. I've really enjoyed studying the architecture from the time in trying to come up with a unique space. Here's my progress so far. Started with a more generic scene as i was building up my props and materials (the horizontal image below) then worked towards the final layout with more intentional Dutch cues like the crosshatched stained glass, warm wood trim and ceiling support etc. More to come as i relight the image and add in some foreground objects. The piece is to have an ominous feel but I like to start with more 'basic' lighting. Just added the moody lighting version just below.
thanks for looking!
I believe, as an artist, the minute you no longer feel like a student of the trade you're screwed:) I think learning new tools is one of my favorite aspects of my job. Trying to push the envelope in the way things are created for my artwork is so important. Right now i'm switching over to Cinema 4D and Vray. These are more industry standards tools for 3D work (i know Maya or 3DS would be even better) than what i'm currently using (Vue) and I'm already so impressed at Vray and the kind of renders that come out of it.
Typically when i begin a work, i do still life renders of the objects that will be in my final image to make sure they're looking realistic. Right now i'm working on a fairy tale image and there are all sorts of books and items from old stories like Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White etc. So for this test, i did a quick motion camera test and I'd love to share it with you-
I had the opportunity to work with Ted Dekker again on a new video. This was to promote his speaking tour titled after his new book 'Outlaw'. This concept was truly a collaboration between Ted, Kevin and myself and I'm happy with the results. Watch video here
It was time to take a new stab at presenting my work. It's been five years now of creating some really fun work for a lot of different clients and my hope is that this new site shows the diverse styles i've gotten to try and allows you to more quickly find what you want to look at! Thanks for looking.