Shane Houston was exposed to the arts at an early age by his family of artists and musicians. Shane learned from his artist mother about painting, sculpting and drawing. He was soon developing his own artistic skills, spending hours creating unique characters on his makeshift light-table in his room
Always a huge fan of animation, Shane found early artistic influences in Saturday morning cartoons like: Ninja-Turtles, Thundercats, Transformers, Jonny Quest, Scooby Doo and the like. Later it would be the clean simplicity of works from artists like Saul Bass that would inspire a strong mid-century design influence into Shane’s work. In describing his work, he says, “I try to create the fun and playful energy of the cartoons I love, but with a nod to the style, sophistication and minimalism of mid-century design”.
This artistic foundation would lead Shane to a career as a Senior Designer in Los Angeles working for the Motion Picture industry. Never losing his passion for his original love of illustration, he began creating original digital fine-art pieces. After several years of personal and creative exploration he discovered his artistic voice in the vector-based, angular, sharp, high-contrast forms he employs in his work today. Custom-made fonts and brushes further help define the uniqueness of Shane’s style.
Shane’s work in vector, 3D-Modeling and sculpting lead to a natural expression for his sculptural side in 3D-Printing. In recent years Shane has used 3D-Printing as a tool to bridge the gap between his digital and sculptural works in complete detail.
He now works as a freelance Illustrator and 3D-Print Artist from his desert abode in Scottsdale, AZ.
ABOUT MY STYLE
Honestly I never set out to have a “style”. I just committed to creating things in ways that was enjoyable to me. Like many artists, my early work left me satisfied, but greatly longing for my specific voice. Over several years of exploration and evolution I found that I liked to use very angular shapes as opposed to curved lines. One day I found full expression of these explorations and created with only straight lines and loved it. I loved how it looked and how it made me feel each time I made something. Now everything I make is at least 95% straight lines. So my journey to at least the first basecamp of finding my voice through personal visual style is complete. I still have a long way to go and I can’t wait for it.