Name: Fox [James D. Headrick]
Location: Tampa, FL - United States
About: I started down the road of graphic design a few years ago - back in '01, to be specific. I started like many others - playing around with the free trials of different graphics programs, reading and emulating tutorials and guides.
However, I actually, truly, started out with pencil and paper. I drew a lot when I was younger, and still do from time to time, when that "spark" hits me.
Eventually, I found signature design, and was interested in it, so I started to try it for myself. Moved up to actual graphic design from there, but I still do signatures.
I ran my own shop around these parts for a while, off and on. Ran into computer troubles that would have never been fixed if not for a few of the members around here. When I came back, I joined up with Industry Of Sigs, didn't last long as that group shut down, so, I went back to my own shop, VENOMGRAPHICS.
As of now, however, I am a part of ExDesigns, and VENOMGRAPHICS is, for the foreseeable future, closed. If you wish to get a signature done by me, or one of the other artists in the group, just head over to the shop and drop it.
As far as me, myself, and I - I'm a huge Metal Gear nerd, as if you couldn't tell from the avatar, and the new graphics in this showcase. I could just about tell you every little thing there is to know about the series - I've gone through each game's story an average of 30 times. I enjoy rock music - hard, metal, classic, punk - as long as it sounds good, I'll listen. Same goes for any other kind of music - doesn't matter what the genre is, if it sounds good, I'll like it.
Let me put it this way - my tastes range from Sarah McLachlan, to Rise Against, to Johann Sebastian Bach to Yoko Shimomura.
Tools Of The Trade
- Photoshop CS5
- Illustrator CS5
- Cinema 4D
- Apophysis 7X
So, I'm sure you're here to see my work, right? Sorry to keep you waiting - let's start at the beginning, enh?Every artist starts somewhere. For traditional, it might be a stick figure. For the painter, it's probably a landscape. Whatever it is, it usually sucks, too - and the artist probably never lets it see the light of day.
I'm of a breed that believes even the bad work should be shown - especially early work. It lets not only you, but others see how far you've come overall.
It's always good to have something you can look back on, and say "Man, I've come a long way." That crummy image up there? That's my first signature - at least, the first I ever truly liked enough to save, keep and actually display. I honestly couldn't tell you how many signatures I've done - even TODAY - that I just scrap when they are done or almost done.
That inbetween time. The high school years. You're growing as a person and trying out new things for the first time.
Now we come to the point where I was finally starting to come into my own. A firm grasp on the basics, and the confidence to start breaking away from the tutorial crutch.
Now we come to the present. I've been doing this for a while, learned a lot, and have started sharing what I know with others, in the form of tutorials and guides. After all, what good is knowledge if you don't pass it on?
Guilty Gear and VITAMIN R series, and quite a few other signatures. I just decided to go with a selection of work that I felt showed my progression over the years.
So, first of all, what is a "Large Piece"? It's simply anything that is larger than the size of a standard signature. A rule of thumb is 500 x 500 and over is a Large Piece.
Everything in the following sections are large pieces. This specific section is for ones that I didn't have a category for.
This was the first time I ever attempted typography. It didn't come out that well, but for a first attempt, I felt it wasn't too bad. I enjoyed it so much, though, that a year or so later, I revisited it, and created the follow - COLORCRAVE.
And here's COLORCRAVE. As you can see, it a major step up from the previous work. Lighting is a bit harsh on the 'A' & 'V', but that's about the only thing I don't really like on it.
"We're not tools of the government, or anyone else. Fighting was the only thing... the only thing I was good at....but... at least I always fought for what I believed in."
~ Gray Fox ~