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 book series, "Space Pirates". He also began playing the guitar, and creating artwork for rock and roll bands in the form of album covers, t-shirts, concert posters and banners. After grinding away for 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 as well.
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 500 pieces.
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 in the rock and roll legends series.
Based 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 project.
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"
Bill Graham - BGP | Bill Graham Presents
After viewing one of Ralph's tie dyed t-shirts The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia said...
"Wow! What is that?"
Jerry Garcia - The Grateful Dead
Ralph 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 on...
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 in Poser, 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.