Being Subtle

ANYONE WHO HAS EVER heard me speak publicly about Flash and what led me to this industry might recognize the term “moment of clarity”. As an artist, there have been several of these moments – the most memorable transpired long before Flash was around.

It was spring of 1989 and after four fulfilling years at the Hartford Art School, I was finally about to receive my BFA degree. My drawing style during this time could best be described as hyper-realistic. I was illustrating images that looked like actual photographs. Sometimes the illustrations would fool even a well-trained eye into thinking they were real – at least at first glance. Objects caught in motion as if snapped by some high speed camera shutter, and foreshortened ...

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