Among 'Leading Creators' in CGI Field
through Peter Weishar’s book CGI: The Art of the 3-D Computer
Generated Image, one will easily recognize images from the
movies Toy Story, Ice Age, and The Lord of
the Rings. Placed among these well-known images is Stephan
Larson’s (Art and Design) art, showcasing snake-like tubes
and floating squares that somewhat resemble a DNA strand.
pictures (like the one at right titled Exploration, Structure)
are inspired by biology, physics and chemistry,” Larson said. “It’s
the notion that everything on one level is made of little bits and
that you can take anything and break it into smaller pieces—cells,
publisher of the book noticed Larson's images when his work was
exhibited at the SIGGRAPH conference in San Diego. One thing led
to another and Larson’s art was eventually published among 250 images
from the "leading creators in film, television, games and fine
art in the Computer Generated Image (CGI) field."
book is filled with some of the most respected CGI artists in the
world and it is a tremendous honor to be included in their company,”
book description reads: "Stephan Larson has been creating images
with computers since an Atari 400 computer showed up in his home.
While technology has changed a bit since then, he continues to use
computers as his primary production tool, taking periodic forays
into drawing using more classical media.
has been producing animations since 1990; his first notable computer-generated
animation, "Mondrian, a Revisitation," was completed in
1992. His work has been shown in more than 100 exhibitions throughout
the world including the ACM SIGGRAPH Animation Theater (1995 and
1996), Anima Mundi (2000), and the ACM SIGGRAPH Art Gallery (2003).
Larson has been teaching computer graphics and animation since 1996."
works anywhere from an afternoon to several days on the computer
to create three-dimensional shapes. He compares the process to a
photographer taking a picture of a still life; the photographer
first arranges the objects, then freezes the image with his camera.
Larson basically does the same on his computer, digitally.
Larson is working on new images to be displayed at the DeVos Art
Museum during its series, “State of the Digital Art,” in October.
of his art can be viewed at Larson