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Artist Statement

It is early June and the sun is beaming down on Providence Canyon. The temperature outside is a scorching ninety-eight degrees Fahrenheit and rising. The air is humid and each step I take requires more strength as I try to catch my breath in the muggy weather that consumes the subtropical summer climate of Georgia.

One afternoon while visiting friends, I was in a mood to go take some photographs so I had the brilliant idea of taking a hike through a local state park as they headed off to work. Granted I was aware of the sweltering southern heat I was about to inflict myself upon, I continued with my journey nonetheless. After about two hours into my hike through the park my shirt was damp, sweat was dripping down my face onto my camera that hung around my neck, and I was consuming water just as fast as it was perspiring off my skin. In the back of my mind I was thinking that going out for a hike to shoot some pictures was not the greatest idea in this weather. By this time I had taken a good amount of photographs of the park, my water supply was quickly dwindling, and I was ready to head back to the car because all the pesky creatures buzzing around me were annoying me.

As I took a second look back at the trail behind me to see if there was anything else I wanted to photograph before I left, I noticed this one dragonfly perched on the end of a branch. It looked as if he was taking a break to catch some shade from the hot summers sun. Immediately, I turned my camera on and tried to snap a picture of the dragonfly as quickly as I could because I was unaware of how long he would stay rested at the end of the branch before he decided to take off. It was in this moment, with this one perfectly focused shot of a dragonfly that I discovered the beauty that encompasses these small creatures and I was pleased that I had ventured out for the day.

As a digital artist I am constantly inspired by the world around me. I hope to produce something that is both visually and technically challenging with each project I create. In this project, I have combined both my passion for visual effects and photography to create these digital renderings of insects. These insects that I once thought were so bothersome, I have learned to coexist with these small creatures and though this project I have immersed myself into their miniature world. Not aware of what I would discover in the wilderness that day and to my amazement I found these fascinating new patterns and textures that I could replicate digitally. All aspects of these insects were constructed with the use of 3D software, from the modeling, textures, fur, lighting, and compositing.

My objective in creating these images of various insects is to enlighten you into a world that we cannot perceive with the naked eye. Better yet, I hope my digitally created images inspire some of you to go into the backyard or a nearby garden and explore the insects out there. Catch a caterpillar and watch it morph into a butterfly. Many of these insects are not as scary as we make them out to be; in fact they are quite stunning creatures. For those who are really squeamish at the sight of these creepy-crawly insects in the real world I hope that you are at least able to appreciate the beauty of these creatures though my digital creations. More importantly, with these images that I share with you I encourage you to create something whether it is artistic or technical. Over the years my passion for visual effects has grown tremendously because it allows me to explore the world as opposed to just skimming across it without a second thought not fully appreciating all exquisiteness that oozes out of it. 


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