by Jesse Davis

Kyle Gentry

Behance Artist Highlight: Character Design and Illustrations of Kyle Gentry

It’s that time of the week to highlight one of the many creative minds in our Behance gallery. Every artist has a story of creativity to tell, and today we’re happy to introduce and share the story of character designer and illustrator, Kyle Gentry.

Wacom: Tell us how you started your creative passion.

Kyle GentryKyle:
I have been drawing since about the age of two and have always tried to create interesting characters and situations to get them into.  Since graduating from the Ringling School of Art and Design (now RCAD) in 1997, I have worked in many freelance illustration fields, but I always leaned primarily to character design.

Wacom: What style of visual art do you focus on and why?

Kyle Gentry

Kyle:
As a character designer and illustrator, I have always been fascinated by the creation of a character's personality, and story through drawing and painting.  I love how the basic starting shape, line quality, expression, body gesture, textural detail, color and style work together on paper or screen to completely define a character.  

Wacom: Where and how do you find inspiration?

Kyle:
I find inspiration in movies for the most part, along with some printed comic strips, cartoons and "Art of" books for movies.  Classic comedies, science fiction, fantasy and animation genres all play a role in my ideas and creativity. I also love to look at other artists’ work, both past and present, to learn as much as I can about new techniques and the ideation processes.

Kyle Gentry

Firgin the Fearful

Wacom: What is your favorite of your work and why?

Kyle:
That is a very hard question to answer. I would have to say "The Tale of Firgin the Fearful" is my current favorite but the margin is razor-thin between that and "Cruz Francisco.” The Firgin idea came to me in a dream. When I woke up I immediately sketched out the rough idea. I worked on the final digital panting very slowly. I wanted to take the time to truly appreciate the textural detail used throughout. I was also very focused on making it a more theatrically-oriented setting for the poor unfortunate Viking than I had done before.  He needed an almost "on stage" backdrop and lighting. I also love the chicken figurehead on the boat.

Wacom: What Wacom technology are you using now?

Kyle:
I currently use a Wacom Cintiq 21UX. I love it!

Wacom: Why did you join the Wacom gallery on Behance?

Kyle GentryKyle:
I have had a Behance gallery for several years now, and when I saw the announcement and invitation in an email for the Wacom Behance gallery, I jumped at the chance to join. Wacom absolutely makes the best digital tools, and I wanted my work on their gallery site.

You can see more of Kyle’s work on his Behance profile.

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