RON CRABB BIO
Ron Crabb’s noteworthy talent was discovered as a young boy and blossomed while self-studying famous American artists like Norman Rockwell, NC Wyeth and John Singer Sargent. Throughout his high school years in Morton, Illinois he developed his skills by borrowing the techniques of those illustrators and adapting them to his own vision.
His entertainment industry career began after his arrival in Los Angeles at KABC TV during the 1984 Olympics. In short order Ron revealed his aptitude as an illustrator and designer, creating main titles, network graphic design packages, graphics for videos, and TV promos for the ABC Video Design Group and for ABC affiliates nationally.
Ron’s experience also included working at Planet Blue and Pittard Sullivan Design as well as freelancing at most of the post production companies in and around Hollywood. He has won numerous awards, including Broadcast Design Association awards, Houston Film Festival Awards, as well
Capitalizing on his hyper-realism technique and love of film, Ron entered the feature film visual FX industry and was hired at Cinesite in Hollywood in 2001. His first film was ‘X Men 2’ working on vfx concepts and matte paintings. He continued freelancing in the film industry working with Christov Effects on many feature films (see IMDB link below), and soon received membership into the exclusive VFX Society where he was also nominated for matte paintings in the film ‘Speed Racer’. Ron has continued working in television VFX with Ring of Fire, Red Enterprises, Milne FX, Engine Room and numerous others. In 2008 Lynda.com did a ‘Creative Inspirations’ documentary on his work (see link below).
In 2011 a new opportunity came along to work with Big Fish Games in Seattle, again utilizing his devotion to realism by creating environments and animations for the companie's “Mystery Case File” and "Hidden Expedition" projects, doing environmental illustrations using Cinema 4D and Photoshop.
Throughout his career in entertainment Ron has also sold his original oil paintings through well known art galleries in both Scottsdale, Arizona and Vail, Colorado, as well as directly to collectors.
Currently, Ron is freelancing TV and Film visual effects, video games, and digital illustration.
These are books that include some of my work. 3D Total's first "Digital Painting Techniques has a "how to" on the making of my "Keep a Sharp Eye" digital illustration. If you love digital art, I can recommend all the books (and all the others by those publishers). See the links below.
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