Chris Leavens, Los Angeles, CA Member Since February 2008 Artist StatementA BRIEF HISTORY OF CHRIS
Chris Leavens was born and raised in Pennsylvania. He breezed through school and passed a good deal of time doodling, drawing robots, spaceships, and bizarre creatures. As long as the letter "A" kept showing up on his papers, Chris's teachers didn't really seem to care.
He continued both his education and his doodling at Penn State University, where he graduated with a BA in film and video. A few months after graduating, Chris migrated west to Los Angeles in search of work in the film industry. Many adventures followed, including a brief career as a video editor and motion graphics designer, as well as his directorial debut, I Don't Know Jack, a feature documentary about Jack Nance, star of David Lynch's Eraserhead.
Chris decided to take a break from the film biz and began working as an illustrator, graphic designer, and web designer, focusing primarily on educational material for children. This "break" has more than outlived Chris's Hollywood career and continues to this day.
Currently, Chris is focusing on creating vector art using Adobe Illustrator CS3. He produces most of his artwork -- from start to finish -- entirely in Illustrator, including textural elements. His work incorporates absurdity, anthropomorphism, and a healthy dose of humor.
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