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Meet Christopher Murphy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christopher Murphy.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I moved from Massachusetts to Los Angeles in 2009 to follow my dream of becoming an artist. I’ve learned so much being out here and have met many of my art heroes at various art conventions. Some have been kind enough to even offer solid advice on how I can render and improve my art. They have become an invaluable source and inspiration and I must credit them for where I am today. I feel blessed to have been brave enough to get out of my own way and blaze my own trail to a better, more fulfilling life.

I have also been a volunteer at LA Children’s Hospital over the past 3 years for an organization called HARK, Healing Arts Reaching kids. They run a 22-week workshop over the summer and I go to every one of them. I just love putting smiles on children’s faces. Drawing with them has been a privilege and I wouldn’t miss it for the world.

I’ve also immersed myself in Virtual Reality Illustration creating full 3D worlds with my Oculus Rift setup. I guess you can also call me a Mixed Reality Artist. VR is a complete game changer and am presently continuing my education as this will be the new exciting direction that most mediums will be using.

Please tell us about your art.
I am a Creature Designer | Illustrator | 3D Sculptor and recently this past year I got into Virtual Reality doing Mixed Reality Broadcasts on Periscope which is a live streaming platform. My inspiration comes from my observation of life then using the interesting bits that I’ve committed to memory and exaggerate them using my imagination and then applying that process to whatever medium I choose which are normally the ones I mentioned above. Creating art this way brings forth my own unique appeal and art style. My critters range from cute and cuddly, to patter beware!

I have to make art. I am completely driven by my own inner creative faculties and express my art daily whether it be in a sketchbook, drawing with my Digital tablet, digital and traditional sculpting or my newest passion, Virtual Reality Illustration.

Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
To keep your eyes on the prize. It’s so easy to give up and get a day job when you don’t know where your next paycheck is coming from. But I use that fear as fuel to find the next job. It seems to have worked for me in the 6 years I’ve been freelancing. I would put yourself out there in any way possible and social media seems to be a great place to start. Create an art page and invite all of your friends to it so they can follow you and “like” your work. I’d also put together a website that showcases your skill set as an artist. Be sure to pick one thing that you’re truly good at.

Most studios like seeing that you’re proficient at one or two things. They’re normally not interested in seeing that you can also play an instrument, bake and 10 other things. This will dilute your opportunity and also give any studio heads the impression that you really don’t know what you want to do because you’ve put your efforts into a bunch of different things (Jack of all trades) and didn’t really concentrate at being awesome (or a master) at one thing.

And most importantly, put the work on your website that you want to do in the studio. There’s no sense in putting animation on your site if your passion is character design or voice acting.

Do what you’re most passionate about.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I try to make it out to various conventions to either network with other artists or vend a booth to meet fans of my work. You can see where I’m going to be by subscribing to my mailing list located on my website csmurphy.com

I also advertise on my Instagram @ instagram.com/csmurphyart.

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All photos by CS Murphy

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