Chad Knight and his world of Digital Art

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Chad Knight and his world of Digital Art
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The “Japanese fountain” that is currently going viral and trending on most social networking sites – it’s true, a nice piece of art. The only thing is that it is neither a fountain nor art in a physical form! This is 3D artist Chad Knight flirting with the wonderful world of digital art. The works, which he shows off with surprising regularity on his Instagram profile, have made him an Internet sensation – and the photorealistic nature of some of his most famous works actually sees people searching on Google to check if that can be their next holiday destination!!

Based in Portland, Oregon, USA, Knight – originally a professional skateboarder – now works as a 3D design manager with Nike. His sensational Instagram posts, however, have taken him from the confines of a “job” to becoming an Internet celebrity!

© Courtesy of @chadknight

 

© Courtesy of @chadknight

 

Most of the time focusing on the human body, Knight’s gigantic and surreal shapes emerge from natural backdrops, in a way that makes them look like real art installations on-site! Some emerging from the water, or perched atop the mountains, or diving into the sand – the human figures are compelling, majestic, and incredibly ‘sculptural’. The three-dimensional effect, the choice of colors and textures, and the play of light on the surfaces creating shades and shadows – these are mainly responsible for the extremely realistic results.

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© Courtesy of @chadknight

 

“I think I became an artist at the time of conception,” Chad said in an interview. “It’s more who I am as a person what I do. However, the reason I make art is that I have a very active and noisy mind. Creating art is one of the few things that allows me to be totally present. I skateboarded professionally for 16 years. During that time, it served as my creative outlet. Now that I don’t have the opportunity to do so so often, combined with being less enthusiastic about broken bones, my 3D explorations have become my new outlet. ”

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Of course, while some of his works seem incredibly ‘real’, the digital touch is often evident. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that the work is amazing – it just gives us a different perspective, a different perception of its creations.

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© Courtesy of @chadknight

 

Knight’s influences, he says, “range from Renaissance and Baroque masters to other modern, digital artists.” While exploring the near-infinite nuances of digital art, Knight is also seen creating works with social significance, or those that convey concepts and messages. Some of his poignant work focuses on the environment, highlighting issues such as global warming, habitat loss affecting animal populations and others of ecological importance.

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© Courtesy of @chadknight

 

“My art is very much like a scrambled magazine that I can share publicly,” says Knight. And share, he does, very freely, asking for nothing but a photo credit in return! “Please credit @chadknight for the reposts,” he humbly asks about his Insta and Facebook posts, with commonly seen hashtags of # 3D, #art, #digitalart, #Surreal #popart, #sculpture #landscape, #juxtapoz, and many others that adequately capture the essence of its digital renderings.

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