Hi Jeremy and welcome to the world of 3DTotal! By the sounds of it you've had quite an interesting artistic career so far - from signwriter to concept artist in ten years! Could you tell us a bit more about this journey and your experiences along the way?
Wow, sign writing seems like so long ago now... but it turns out that it gave me a solid, traditional art foundation. I actually wanted to be a book illustrator from an early age. I was a fan of the "choose your own adventure" books and loved the cover art. Artists like Boris Vallejo and Frank Frazetta inspired me too. I could draw okay in school, but mostly failed in art as I lacked the discipline to follow instructions. I did, however, enjoy technical drawing and finished the subject with a distinction, so my father took me to a local architect firm. Up until that point, I was under the impression that the job was all about designing fancy buildings, but instead I was shown plans for toilet cubicles and concrete foundations. I wanted to do something a little more artistic so I set my sights on becoming a graphic artist. My first job was doing bromide paste ups and learning CAD graphics software.
I ended up helping run a sign shop in Noosa, which was great, but I spent most of my time airbrushing waves, sharks and dolphins on every truck, boat and shop imaginable. One of the strangest experiences was having a rotten avocado thrown at my head while installing a huge artist's impression for a new high-rise development in Mooloolaba.