My name is Rodney Pike, but many in the art world know me as rwpike, which is my username at many web sites I belong to. Art has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I had an insatiable appetite for art as a young man and worked hard at my craft but it always seemed there was something missing. I wouldn’t discover what that was until many years later.
My art had taken a back seat to raising children and supporting a family. I put my art aside for about 25 years and over those years lost my passion for creating art. It wasn’t until very recently that my passion and desire for creating art was rekindled. In April of 2010, I entered my first Photoshop contest at Freaking News. I had finally found my niche. Photoshop and photo-manipulation was the medium that I had been searching for all my life. Since that day, my art has consumed me once again. I have been working 18 hours a day, 7 days a week since then studying other artists like Sebastian Kruger and Jason Seiler while also studying photo-manipulation in Photoshop. In May of 2010 I made my first caricature attempt. That started something totally new for me. Photo-manipulated caricatures and illustration.
I have been very fortunate recently receiving commissions for FHM Magazine and Tennis Magazine among several other smaller publications. I am presently preparing for another huge caricature themed commission from a Brazilian Metal band called Almah to do all promotional material for their upcoming tour. My work is currently being shown on many web sites, too many to mention. A complete list of my links can be found on my blog.
I use Photoshop CS5.5 with no extras to do my work and recently upgraded to an iMac with a 21″ Cintiq wacom. I’m still new at this, and I have an enormous amount to learn in Photoshop and caricatures. I do very much appreciate the fact that people out there admire the work I have done until now. My long term goal is to continue to do Humorous illustration for magazines and continue to grow my client list.
Web Site: http://about.me/RodneyPike