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Professor of Art at Living Arts College
Marx Myth’s Artist Statement --I am a Cracker-barrel Surrealist with an affinity for low-brow kitsch... …however all creative endeavors fascinate me. My mainstay is the sketchbook... --I have kept a series of ongoing sketchbooks for years. Each book is flavored with esoteric ideas and pre-production formulations...I indulge myself as often as possible…this obsession has kept my skills honed and my catharsis eternal. --The computer is just another fancy tool …a magically endowed paintbrush that enables me to diversify my illustrative craft...all the same, I still love keeping my hands immersed in paint, Sculpey, ink, or graphite. --Concept art fascinates me most of all…I love the process of conjuring characters from a myriad of possible derivations…this philosophic quest compulsively drives me toward unfamiliar territories…I am a nomadic somnambulist searching for an ever-elusive aesthetic oracle. --I am an Educational and Aesthetic Mentor. My goal is to educate artistic undergraduates (+ younger mentees) with as much exposure to cutting edge art and technology as possible, motivate them to explore new aesthetic passages & enrich them with invigorating creative processes. Specialties: Art education/direction, concept art, illustrator, sculptor, writer, aesthetic spelunking
My courseload focuses on traditional and digital arts. I also am involved with business and marketing classes. My goal is to help students find their creative spark and use it ignite their vision for a productive future.
I have been creating artwork privately and for commission since the 80's. My medium of choice became digital in the mid 90's when I acquired my 1st computer. I continue to work independently (although I work primarily as a Creative Director). My concept art has centered around the computer gaming community (specializing in creature design), but I also accept private commissions for digital or traditional art (illustration, painting, portraiture, sculpture, etc...). My software of choice is PhotoShop...but my grey-matter still prefers graphite and pen.
Dig It All Arts (DIAA) is a Progressive Arts Learning Center. Our emphasis is placed on digital arts so we have the unique advantage of exposing our students to cutting edge technologies and popular aesthetics; however we temper this approach with long-established art practices and education. Our unique approach to instruction is formed around a “Triad” (3 primary divisions) of educational activity: Digital Art, Digital Photography, and Traditional Art. All three divisions of the Art Triad will emphasize fundamental principles of art such as: composition, color theory, tone, and contrast. These classes might also include potential cross-over themes of study such as: composition, concept creation, story innovations, character development, mathematical principles, and scientific considerations.
DIAA will also explore non-conformist themes not ordinarily found in traditional arts programs, such as: comic books, cartooning, storyboarding, animation art, graffiti art, printmaking, poster design, surrealist collage, found-object-assemblage, deconstructionist books, and film-making.
L M Virtual World Labs build progressive learning solutions using realistic, interactive 3D graphics utilizing game technology...our Cary group serves as a sort of hub within the LM virtual worlds/simulations network. We are bridging the many diverse divisions to form a cohesive corporate coalition.
My duties are:
-Responsible for the Art Division…lead and support multiple artists, and/or teams of artists
-Establish and maintain visual direction and production standards regarding the aesthetic and technical aspects of art content
-Balance a project’s creative and visual requirements with schedule, staffing and technical considerations
-Facilitate communication between art and all departments to execute project’s vision
-Refine and manage the art production pipeline
-Conduct critiques and offer aesthetic and procedural direction to art team
-Help create and maintain art schedules and milestones with Production
-Responsible for hiring any additional necessary art staff
Republic of Fun offers a refreshing approach to interactive games...immersive and intriguing, whimsical and strategic, challenging yet attainable. Originally an offshoot of 3Dsolve, it became it's own standalone company once Lockheed Martin bought the mother company.
I have been fortunate enough to work on two titles with this start-up company. "Merv Griffin’s Crosswords"...published by Oberon and "Scrabble Journey" published by Real Arcade and Hasbro.
I am particularly proud of the efforts with this last title...it is truly a delightful "casual" game. The look and the feel of the game is very much a collaborative effort, but I oversaw the aesthetics and a lionshare of the concept art.
I was very fortunate to have worked with such a crew...Rett Crocker and Ty Christopher...and of course the BRILLIANT art Team...Chris Seher, Steven Brady, Robert Simpson, Mark Lemmons, and Brad Acree. We churned out a lot of hours to produce a very pretty game...and it really is fun to play.
Classes taught (content):
---Character Development- creating visualizations for refined digital or traditional illustration
---Story Development- composing story elements into a compelling visual design utilizing storyboards and animatics
---Creative Development- creating “portfolio-ready” artwork from conception to reception (the processes of conceptual problem solving and how it fits within the pre-production stage of the animation pipeline )
---Visual Construction- developing fundamental (traditional) visual design & rendering techniques
---Color Construction- interpreting the basics of color design through digital manipulation (using PhotoShop)
---Human & Animal Form- taught students the structure and function of human anatomy…cross-referenced with both bipedal and quadruped animals, and culminating in the design of a hybrid-creature creation.
---Personal Marketing- developing & utilizing a plan for personalized promotional material
A small animation production company that specialized in concept/character development for commercial animation production
---- Conceived a television series that was selected as one of the finalists in the Fox Television Network's Pitch-O-Rama in 2004
--- Worked in conjunction with Kachunk Recording Studios to create an intro animation for the onstage concert video of the Phunk Junkeez
--- Developed 2 Public Service Announcements for local TV release
For PCgame "Timeline" & 2 unpublished titles
---Directed a team of artists to produce character models and textures (developed character concept art from the game designer’s descriptions
---Created concept sketches for creatures, plants, and structures (initial visualizations were developed by legendary concept artist Ron Cobb)
---Created models and textures based on these concepts
---Laid out all interfaces
---Designed and created interstitial animations and load screens
---Painted digital and traditional landscape illustrations (inspirational paintings & mood boards)
---Produced visemes for facial animations (2d mouth movements)
For the PC strategy game “101st Airborne in Normandy”:
Created 2D/3D cut screens, made photo-realistic portraits from personality profiles provided by the game designer, supervised 2D art team, conceived and organized demo for an unpublished project design
For the PC strategy game “Soldiers at War”:
---Developed 60 portraits of game characters
---Created stills for 2D (cut-scene) facial animation
---Designed concepts and did layouts for interface art
My primary focus was on the animation industry. Most of all of my study and projects were centered on developing a stronger sense of how the business of animation is conducted (& how to inject this knowledge into my own projects and team productions).
I was able to get my first professional digital art gaming gig while still a student at the school. I owe a debt of gratitude to the professional service department...at that time headed up by Mike Tracy.
My main focus was on traditional (esoteric) painting...but I delved deep into art history. I focused on contemporary art...I was particularly interested in outsider and lowbrow art. Jean Dubbuffet, Robert Williams, Robert Longo, Julien Schnabel, and all neo-surrealists were the artists I found most inspirational. I added an additional year of study to get my certificate in public school education...after several years in the trenches I wandered off into the commercial art field.
transfer credits applied toward BFA later
I was lucky to make it out. truly stoner years...however, these years taught me more what NOT to do than what works.