Biography for professional freelance painter, 3D digital illustrator &
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware graphic artist Ralph Manis
Growing up in New York's West Village during the 1960's "was
inspirational" hanging out in Washington Square Park playing Frisbee
and watching the people from around the world go by, his cast of characters
were born. His imagination wandered through time and space-boundless through
infinity. "Infinity is a place I often find comfort, serenity and inspiration"
he says. Ralph's 3D graphics, 2D illustrations, sci-fi, fantasy and psychedelic
art is filled with visions yet unseen, only dreamed of. As a young boy Ralph was heavily influenced by comic books, rock and roll,
and the masters like Michaelangelo and DaVinci, as well as the pre-Raphaelites, and the Art Nouveau masters. At the age of fifteen while
working at an Advertising agency, Ralph began working on his own comic series,
"Space Pirates". He also began playing the guitar, and creating
artwork for rock and roll bands. After grinding away a few years in the Advertising
business, Ralph, with the encouragement of friends and art enthusiasts, began
painting jackets, guitars, walls, banners, and whatever else he could get
his hands on. Ralph found that he could share his art and make a little money
Ralph brings his vision of infinity down to earth by incorporating photo
realism into his work. Photo realism is an obsession Ralph has had for as
long as he can remember. Working on producing the photo realistic image was
an addiction until he attended figure drawing sessions at the Soho School
of Living Arts. In his early twenties he spent eight months religiously attending
these figure drawing sessions. He loved the freedom there. "There were
no teachers, no critique, and no one looking over your shoulder. I was free-
free just to draw". The freedom experienced in Soho resulted in over
As an artist who was well known in the "Village" Ralph chose not
to involve himself with the mundane aspects of everyday business. Instead,
he would hang out in the clubs listening to music and creating art. This period
in his life resulted in making staff shirts for Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland
Studios, promo shirts for numerous rock and roll bands, and a show at NYC's
hot spot The Limelight. Entrenched in rock and roll and influenced by his
figure drawing sessions, this period resulted in the creation of many of Ralph's
finest works of the rock and roll legends.
on his years of experience, Ralph has developed a full line of fine art prints
on fine art paper and 100% cotton T-shirts. Each print is airbrushed with vibrant colors to
create a unique and original style. "A fantastic array of art, space,
and color, detailed and intricate, yet balanced", the way only the artist
himself could do it. Ralph fells his "loyal fans and customers come first"
therefore, he makes his art available to everyone versus the elite few, although
occasionally he can be coaxed into working on a time consuming personalized
While working for Bill Graham Presents in San Francisco, Ralph had the pleasure
of meeting hundreds of musicians that have become fans of his work and wear
his shirts on stage. Bands like Jesus Jones, Blues Traveler, Third World,
Love Seed Mama Jump, Montana Wild Axe, Ben Andrews, and too many more to mention.
Besides making staff sweatshirts for BGP Ralph also had the honor of heading
up the crew that built the largest float to ever parade in a Grateful Dead
Mardi Gras show and ride in it.
West coast concert promoter Bill Graham once said of Infinitee Designs by
Ralph Hawke Manis "I've never seen anything quite like them. They're
truly amazing" After viewing one of Ralph's tie dyed T's the Grateful
Dead's Jerry Garcia said "Wow! What is that?"
then proceeded to produce artwork for the 1991 Jerry Garcia Band tour. Dead
heads and Rockers from San Francisco's Haight Ashbury to The West Village
in NYC "Infinitee Designs T-shirts Rule". Shakedown Street lives
Ralph Manis' Autodesk Maya, Bryce, and Photoshop digital computer graphic
artwork is heavily influenced by music from the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's.
Rock legends like Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, John Lennon, Bob Marley, Janis
Joplin and well, you get the picture. As you view the images in this site
you will come to see this influence quite clearly.
Ralph's artwork is included in the recently published digital art book from
Taschen "Digital Beauties"
as well as being the a featured artist in the upcoming premiere issue of Renderosity
Magazine including his very descriptive tutorial that guides you through creating
your character inPoser, making a UV map, importing into Bryce, using photos,
creating and adding textures and fine details in Photoshop. For beginners
to advanced users. Ralph has also been published in such prestigious art books
as "Femmes 3D", "The Best of 3D Graphics", "3D Artists
Guide to Real Word Applications" and "Femme Digitale"
Today Ralph explores the endless wonders of digital and 3D creative arts
as well as sharing his knowledge and vision through his extensive Website. Building Websites, CD
jackets, book covers and movie posters Ralph
has reinvented himself through digital computer graphics and special effects.