In 2006, I was introduced to the Adobe Creative Suite 2 but only focused on learning the in's and out's of Photoshop. That year I switched my college major to graphic design and then started to study other programs as well like Indesign, Illustrator, and Dreamweaver. In 2007, I saw what 3D was used for in movies and games so I decided to check out the only 3D program available to me, Cinema 4d. I focused on developing my skills throughout the rest of school and graduated in Decemeber, 2008, from Radford University. After working for 5 years at different corporate agencies in Northern Virginia I started freelancing full-time. During that time I was offered a position in Virginia Tech's Master of Fine Arts program, concentrating on 3D.
How long does it take you to complete an illustration?
I have never timed myself from start to finish but I would say anywhere between 15-40 hours. That includes brainstorming, rough sketches, and creating the piece.
How did you get into graphic design?
In the summer of 2006, I was offered a job to be a web designer for a company but had no clue how to use a computer besides checking e-mail. They told me they liked my art that I created on paper and if I was willing to teach myself how to use the programs they would hire me. I agreed because I needed a summer job and it sounded pretty interesting. So for the entire summer I learned all about web design and stumbled across other art during the process; concept art, matte paintings, illustrations, etc. It was a very easy decision for me to change my major to graphic design when I went back to school.
Where did you go to school and did they teach you how to create your illustrations?
I graduated from Radford University in 2008 with a BFA in graphic design. There I was provided with the tools I needed. A computer, tablet, training dvds, etc and was taught the basics of the programs like photoshop. I taught myself from online tutorials and Gnomon Worskshop dvds for the more advanced techniques in my illustrations. The ideas for the illustrations didn't really come from a specific place. I just get inspired by movies, games, other artists, and my own experiences.
What software/programs do you use?
I use Photoshop CS2, Cinema 4d Broadcast, and a Large Wacom Intuos 4.
Do you have any tutorials of your work?
The only tutorial I have done is for Advanced Photoshop Magazine Issue 67 which you can order off their website.
Can you send me your project file(s) so I can study and learn from them?
No I don't give out my project files so that there is no risk of copyright infringement and stealing of work.