All you cat lovers will be purring over this week's interview with Jeff Haynie and his amazing cat illustrations. He combines a detailed storybook style illustration with fantasy and his own "childlike wonder," to create magical and masterful works of art. Let's meet Jeff...
I have 5 cats that are my babies and inspiration. Their daily interactions give me ideas for my paintings.
I've been trained as a classical painter so I work with a variety of art mediums. For my traditional artwork, I use oil or acrylic on board or canvas. All of my work starts as a pencil drawing on bristol board. For my digital artwork, I use Photoshop and Maya 3d software. I also love to sculpt with polymer clay.
Wow it's been over 30 years but I still feel like a kid.
Well of course. I can say my cats own me. We have 5 wonderful male rescue cats.
One of my favorite paintings is my "Steampunk cat daddy" painting. (get yours here). I love the steampunk style and the old victorian photos. It was fun to make a whimsical story about a cat with mechanical devices in a fantasy setting.
My background is illustration, art direction and game design. I'm most known for my painting and art direction on the "Mystery Case Files" series of hidden object / adventure games published by Big Fish Games. My work has been published by major corporations such as Disney, Pixar, Warner Brothers, DreamWorks, EA Games, Blizzard/Activision, Big Fish Games, American Airlines, Texas Instruments, Pepsi-cola, Frito-lay and Bic pens.
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