Souvenir photos from an alternate universe
When I was a kid, I saw Star Wars.
That’s where it all started.
I was enthralled and inspired by the (pre)production art of Ralph McQuarrie, and Joe Johnston. Technical, detailed, and exciting, these illustrations prompted me to fill notebook after notebook with my own drawings. Illustrators that have inspired me since then include Syd Mead, Peter Elson, John Berkey, Chris Foss, Michael Whelan, Moebius, Boris Vallejo, Frank Frazetta, and many others.
At the same time I was discovering Ralph McQuarrie I was also amazed to find out that all of those amazing ships in the Star Wars movies were made from "plain old" plastic model kits. Seeing Colin Cantwell's original concept designs and models interpreted and built by the team at ILM blew my mind. The term "kit bash" entered my vocabulary, and soon I was taking apart the car, plane, and tank models that I'd painstakingly put together, in order to create new and weird things.
All of this is kind of what I do now… but in digital form.
I’m a digital artist located somewhere in the dangerous wilds of Western Canada.
In my art I explore a variety of genres, but I usually myself working in some flavour of science fiction.
The results are my souvenir photos from an alternate universe, and you can see them here in the galleries.
As time permits, I also pursue writing, photography, and music. I enjoy
I do what I do because I love to do what I do.
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