Published 23rd November, 2015
My name is Christopher, and I am an illustrator living in Northern California. When I’m not in a 2d mindset I like to sculpt with Zbrush and Maya. Some of my interests include Antarctica, Hapkido and racing planes of the 1930s.
I have been working professionally for quite some time. I have worked for clients such as Ubisoft, Shaquille O’Neal and Universal Studios. I’m always looking for new and interesting work.
SF, Fantasy, and Comic Book/ Sequential art. This is where the foundation of my work lies – these genres have always been an inspiration to me ever since I was a kid.
Wow, what a tough question! So many great artists out there.. Brom- definitely, N.C. Wyeth, George Perez, and Alphose Mucha. Recently I have revisited the background stylists of Disney with their immersive environments.
About 9 years ago. Until then my work was predominantly traditional. I wanted to try new mediums, and I thought digital painting would be a great area to explore.
Time and space.
Alterations and color adjustments can be done quickly for a given digital piece.
The physicality of traditional medium has different challenges, and usually the solution will take longer to accomplish with traditional mediums in general.
Digital painting doesn’t take up a lot of space, a few decent sized stretched canvases..
I had tried Painter X and CS and they were unsatisfying, so I was looking for a paint program. Krita was recommended by a long-time friend who liked the program, and I was hooked.
It was very intuitive. It had a UI that I had very few difficulties with.
I really really liked the responsiveness of the brushes. With other applications I was experiencing a “flatness” from the tablet I use to the results I wanted on screen, Krita’s brushes just feel more supple. The ability to customize the interface and brushes was also a huge plus.
I haven’t been using Krita very long (less than 6 months) but I would like to be able to save and import/export color history as a file within an open Krita document.
When a company makes an application as powerful as Krita available for free, it’s a statement about how confident they are that artists will love it. And judging from the enthusiastic and knowledgeable people in the forums, they not only love it they want others to be able to love it and use it too. Developing and experienced artists need to evaluate new tools easily. Access to those tools should never be so prohibitively costly as to turn them away. Krita doesn’t get in the way of talent being explored, it supports it.
I use a lot of the default brushes especially the Bristle brushes, a semi transparent texture to add to a plein air look as a final layer. I use some of David Revoy’s brushes, specifically the Splatter brushes. I recently made a new custom brush that I tried out on my most recent illustration.
My website is redacesmedia.com. You can reach me there!
Thank you so much for the interview and a special thanks to the developers and community that make Krita work!