Wednesday, April 6, 2011

What kind of artist am I?

Somebody asked me to describe how I define my work and what style of artist I consider myself. I'm an fine artist, illustrator and 3D Computer Animator who loves to create my visions using whatever medium I find fitting to carry out the idea to fruition. Since the recession began, I've been going back to my childhood love of creating Sci-Fi scenes and vast futuristic city landscapes and homages to architectural genius. I also am going back to my love of classic horror films. I don't like the new "slasher/gore porn" stuff. There is no creativity in those films. I love the old eerie looks of the classic Boris Karloff, Bella Lugosi, Vincent Price and Peter Cushing Hammer Horror films which help inspire my "spooky" illustrations. So I try to relay that passion in my latest works. I also adore and am inspired by the masters of fantasy figure like Frazetta, Jeffrey Jones, Wrightson, Howard Pyle and modern painters like Brom, Donato GianCola, Tom Fleming and even cool images and comic stylings by Echo Chernik and J. Scott Campbell! But, in the end of the day, I have to do my own thing, follow my heart and use my talents that God has given me and paint the way I've learned and in my own style. I only wish I could be as good as Frank Frazetta or Jeffrey Jones, but that is a long shot for many artists even for established professional marvel comic and DC artists and they are all amazing and awesome! They keep me humbled and centered whenever I see their work or meet them in person. Luckily, I don't really want to be a comic book artist, I want to create worlds of my visions that maybe can inspire them for there stories. I was told by Disney when I interviewed with them 3 times in the late 90's that I was a good creator of worlds and backgrounds and that I should be a fine artist that combines fine art elements with the modern day enthusiasm of comics, illustrations and movies. I would love to become a concept designer or art director for a major production house one day. That was my ultimate dream, to work for ILM and create concept works like Ryan Church or Ralph McQuarrie (The Master) or even, dare I say, Syd Mead, the creator of the look of Blade Runner, Tron and Star Trek the Motion Picture. He is the master. So, I spend every day still working on that dream. I think it helps with my fine art as well. In the past 10 years, I have been known for my skyscapes and landscapes painted in oils and I currently have a series of ancient ruins with my dramatic, colorful skyscapes that create an eerie and romantic mood to the pieces. Now, I'm starting to get recognized nationally for my latest sci-fi and horror paintings which is a good start to my dream. To top everything off, I'm even dabbling in Steam Punk designs as I have created 4 new images in Steam Punk style that I unveiled at MegaCon which by the way, sold out this year! 30,000 people they said came to the show on Saturday! WOW! I also unveiled my latest creation of Allegra whom you can see just above this blog entry. Check her painting out and check out her Facebook page.

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Sultan's Muse

Just put you up on my fan page in facebook! This is my latest creation of Allegra Torres a.k.a. "The Chainmail Chick" - facebook link for her...

She took over 45 hours to fully paint by "hand" using Photoshop CS4 and the Wacom Cintiq with my special brushes that I created. Hope you like!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

New Fan Page on Facebook

My friend Allegra started a new fan page for me on Facebook. Check it out! Thank you Allegra!!/pages/James-Christopher-Hill/205466729483215>