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My name is Neil Blevins, and I've been an artist as long as I can remember. Raised on a healthy dose of scifi and fantasy films, books, and videogames, I started off painting and drawing traditionally, and then got into 3d graphics while I still lived in my hometown of Pointe Claire, in Quebec, Canada. After getting a BFA in Design Art at Concordia University, I moved to Los Angeles where I worked for Blur Studio, creating graphics for video games, commercials, TV, feature and ride films. I was also a tester for the Brazil Renderer, which was originally developed at Blur. I now live in San Francisco working as a Digital Artist for Pixar Animation Studios, primarily creating Environments and FX. In my spare time, I make sci-fi 3d/2d hybrid artwork depicting creatures, robots and alien landscapes, author tools and write art related lessons and tutorials to give back to the community who's been so gracious at helping me get to where I am today.


Professional Experience

Pixar Animation Studios (2002-Present): Environments (Modeling and Shading), Digimatte, FX and Previs
Projects Include:
Feature Films: The Good Dinosaur, Brave, Cars 2, Toy Story 3, Up, Wall-e, Cars, The Incredibles
Short Films: Toy Story That Time Forgot, Cars Toons: Moon Mater, Cars Toons: Mater PI, Day And Night, Cars Toons: Tokyo Mater, Mater and the Ghostlight, Jack Jack Attacks


The Good DinosaurBraveCars 2Toy Story 3
UpWall-eCarsIncredibles

Blur Studio (1999-2002): Animator
Projects Include:
Video Game Cinematics: Blood Rayne, Crimson Skies, Combat Flight Sim 3, Fellowship Of The Ring, Ground Control Expansion Pack
Feature Films: Soulkeeper
TV: Cyclonians Junkworld Commercial, Power Rangers Jungle Commercial, SciFi Bumpers, WBKids Bumpers, MegaRig Commercial
Ride Films: Out Of Time, The Batman Simulator, Stan Lee 7th Portal, 7th Portal Ride Film
Film Pitches: MindBridge Alien Reactor Room

Influences

I'm often asked about my influences, so below is a pretty comprehensive list. While I've been inspired by so many people, places, and things in my life, this list is just the people and projects that have had a direct traceable influence on my artistic style. I've also limited it to visual influences, for example, music has also been highly influential in my work, but is not included in this list.
Early influences are thing that influenced me before I started professional work. Please check them out, hopefully they can be inspiring to you too.

Early Influences (1976-1997)

Projects Comics: Blade Of The Immortal, Brass, Cyberforce, Darkness, Pitt, Spawn, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformers, Weapon Zero, Wetworks, Witchblade
Projects Film: 2001, 5th Element, Alien, Clash Of The Titans, Dune, Forbidden Planet, Predator, Robocop, Star Wars, Starship Troopers, Terminator, The Dark Crystal, The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad, Transformers
Projects Film Short: Seafari
Projects Misc: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles RPG
Projects TV: Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica, Mazinger Z / Grendizer, Space 1999, Star Trek, Transformers
Projects Videogames: Doom, E-Swat, Phantasy Star, R-Type, Space Gun, Strider, Truxton

Artists:
Alan Lee, Brian Froud (The Dark Crystal), Chris Warner (Darkhorse's Aliens, Predator, Terminator), Dale Keown (Pitt), Dan SeaGrave, Dave McKean, Eric Talbot
(TMNT), Go Nagi (Mazinger Z / Grendizer), H.R. Giger, Heidi Taillefer, Hiroaki Samura (Blade Of The Immortal), Jim Lawson (TMNT), Jim Lee, JMW Turner, Joe Benitez (Weapon Zero), Kevin Eastman (TMNT), Luis Royo, Marc Silvestri (Cyberforce, Darkness), Meats Meier, Michael Turner (Witchblade), Pascal Blanche, Paul Klee, Peter Laird (TMNT), Phil Tippett, Ray Harryhausen (Golden Voyage Of Sinbad, Clash Of The Titans), Renate Heidersdorf, Rob Liefeld, Sam Keith, Stephan Platt, Syd Mead, Timur Baysal, Todd McFarlane (Spawn), Whilce Portacio (Wetworks)

Contemporary Influences (1998-present)


Projects Art Books: Exodyssey, Star Wars Ep 1-3 Art Books, World War Robot
Projects Dimensional: Five Star Stories, Hyperweapon, Maschinen Krieger, Sideshow Weta, ThreeA (World War Robot, Evenfall, Zaku, Adventure Kartel, Popbot)
Projects Film: Avatar, District 9, Lord Of The Rings, Matrix Trilogy, Pacific Rim, Riddick Trilogy, Wall-e
Projects Film Short: Keloid
Projects Misc: Coral Photos, Macro Insect Photos, Microscopic Photos, Reaction Diffusion
Projects Software: Brazil RS, Darktree, Filterforge, Groboto
Projects TV: Neon Genesis Evangelion, Samurai Jack, All Is Full Of Love
Projects Videogames: Gears Of War, Gradius, Gratuitous Space Battles, Halo, Homeworld, Ikaruga, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, Journey, Lost Planet, Mass Effect, Shadow Of The Colossus, Unreal

Artists:
Aaron Beck, Aaron Sims, Alessandro Baldasseroni,
Alexey Pyatov "KaranaK", Alex Kozhanov "Gutalin", Alex Roman, Andreas Rocha, Andree Wallin, Annis Naeem, Andrew Chase, Ansel Hsiao "fractalsponge", Anthony Jones, Aris Kolokontes, arkvfx, Ashley Wood, Ben Mauro, Ben Proctor, Bill Cone, Bradley Wright, Brent Hollowell, Brian Sum (Halo), Bruno Gentile "Hydropix", Carlos Huante, Cedric Seaut "ced66", Chris Cold, Chris Cunningham (All Is Full Of Love), Chris Foss, Christian Grajewski, Christian Pearce, Constantine Sekeris, Craig Mullins "Spooge Demon", daGohs, Daniel Dociu, Daryl Mandryk, David Levy "Vyle", De Gerardo, Dominic Qwek, Doug Chiang, Doug Williams "Dougbot", Dougal Dixon, Dylan Cole, Ed Lee, Eduardo Pena, Erik Tiemens, Eyvind Earle, Fausto de Martini, Feng Zhu, Francis Tsai, Fred Bastide, Frederic Edwin Church, Furio Tedeschi "FoOD", Geof Darrow, George Hull (Matrix Trilogy), Georgi Simeonov "Calader", Gerhard Mozsi, Greg Broadmore, Iain McCaig, Ian McQue, Igor Siwanowicz (Macro Insect Photos), Jama Jurabaev, James Clyne, James Paick, Jamie Jones, Jerad Marantz, Joao Ribeiro, John Harris, John Park, John Wallin Liberto "Capt FlushGarden", Jonas Thornqvist, Jordu Schell, Juan Gimenez, Kai Lim, Kazutaka Miyatake (Macross), Kekai Kotaki, Kenneth Rocafort, Kevin Lanning, Kow Yokoyama (Maschinen Krieger), krossj, Kurt Papstein "KPtoons", Levente Peterffy "SamsonsReaper", Lord V (Macro Insect Photos), Lou Romano, Luis Nessi "luness", Maciej Kuciara, Makoto Kobayashi (Hyperweapon), Mamoru Nagano (Five Star Stories), Mark Goerner, Mark Harrison, Martin Deschambault, Martin Johson Heade, Mathias Verhasselt "M", Maxim Revin, Michel Gagne, Mike Nash, Mikko Kinnunen, Neville Page, Nicolas Bouvier "Sparth", Nicolas Ferrand "Viag", Par Olofsson, Pascal Raimbault, Paul Chadeisson, Paul Lasaine, Paul Richards, Peter Gric, Philippe Bouchet "Manchu", Pierre-Etienne Travers, ProgV, Rafael Grassetti, Ramses Melendez, Raymond Swanland, Reza Ilyasa, Richard Anderson, Rob Cunningham, Robert Maschke "aiRaGe", Robert Simons, Robert Stromberg, Robh Ruppel, Rodney Matthews, Ryan Church, Sam Brown, Sam Burley, Scott Robertson, Sebastien Larroude "rainart", Shi Kai Wang (Halo), Simon Lee "Spiderzero", Simon Rodgers, Stephan Martiniere, Steve Burg, Takayuki Takeya, Tanoo Choorat "rossonerixx", Thierry Doizon "BARoNTiERi", Thomas Pringle, Thomas Scholes, torvenius, Trevor Claxton, Tsvetomir Georgiev, Václav Pajkrt, Vitaly Bulgarov, Wayne Barlowe, Wes Benscoter, Xueguo Yang, Yanick Dusseault "Dusso", Yann Souetre, Zdzislaw Beksinski


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