I have been creating digital art since way back in 1993. During my time living in the USA I got a basic grounding in computers and desktop publishing at The Art Institute of Seattle. In those days their were no consumer digital cameras, so we used film cameras and then scanned the images into the computers for editing . My first digital software program was Coreldraw 3, which was fundamentally a vector graphic program that also had photo paint on it, a basic version of something like photoshop. While at the Institute i also used Photoshop2 a little but was never able to afford a personal copy . Unlike most digital creatives at that time I did not use a Apple Mac and stayed a PC user till 2008, this once again was more to do with money than it was any great allegiance to Microsoft.
While the internet has been around for many years, it was not till the early 90’s that everyday mortals with little computer knowledge could really start using it. I started surfing the net in late 93 with America Online (AOL), I found it captivating but very very slow. While i was at the beginning of surfing for the Masses, I wouldn’t create my own website for my work until 1998. From 93 to 97 I played with digital art on and off but still created most of my work using conventional media like acrylics and pastels.
It wasn’t till 97/early 98 that technology became affordable enough for me to create 100% digitally. My true digital path started when I got my first Digital Camera a Olympus Camedia C-420L. It’s amazing to look back at what got me so excited then, a simple fixed lens camera with a maximum image size of 640 x 480 pixels. While the quality of the picture may seem almost laughable now this for me at the time was cutting edge technology. It was obvious that digital was the future and i never used a film camera again. It makes me smile how adamant film photographers where in those days that digital would never catch on, I have always believed it foolish to bet against technology.
A model had seen my 3d vampire pictures and wanted to know If i could turn her digitally into a vampire, I said I didn’t see why not. Soon I was standing in a studio for the first time shooting a topless model (It’s a funny old world :-)) with my latest digital camera which i think was a Minolta Dimage. Thankfully She liked the results and before i new it i was being approached by other models via word of mouth to do similar stuff. At the time I could not think of a greater job a man could have than being a glamour photographer. So I taught myself studio lighting and became a full time glamour photographer. I worked with many top and aspiring models and for a while (5 years) its was great but in the end the novelty worn off.
Once I gave up Glamour my life took another change, I went on a spiritual search for the meaning of life, As you do. On my journey I got into creating complex full colour Visionary Art which both I and others used for meditation and contemplation. I sold my work up and down the UK at mind body and soul shows giving talks and doing interviews. I met some very wonderful people, as well as some real charlatans who preyed on the lost and the needy. After 6 years I called off my Spiritual search having discovered what I needed to know about myself and my view of the universe.