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Cultural isolation does wonders for the imagination. The bizarre, surreal, and humorous artwork of Chris Leavens is a perfect example. Chris grew up in a house on a dirt road in rural east-central Pennsylvania and relied heavily on his imagination to keep himself entertained. Impressed upon by Sesame Street, Saturday morning cartoons, and science fiction iconography, Chris began drawing at a young age, doodling in class and drawing scenes for twisted comedy sketches while enduring the excruciatingly-long bus rides to and from school. Chris's sensibilities took him to Penn State University where he focused on studying animation, earning his BA in film and video. While at Penn State, Chris was introduced to digital art and he began using computers to create and enhance his artwork. Today, Chris Leavens is an illustrator specializing in vector artwork. He creates nearly all of his art, from start to finish, using Adobe Illustrator. His artwork, although a bizarre, tends to be optimistic, whimsical, and humorous. According to Chris, the goal of his work "is put a smile on your face and make you think. Life is hard enough as is. I guess morose art has its place, but I want to help people escape from what's bringing them down." His work portrays absurd and surreal scenes in which monsters and anthropomorphism reign supreme. Chris's work has appeared in numerous galleries, magazines, TV shows, feature films, and children's publications. In addition to his artwork, Chris also directed the feature documentary, "I Don't Know Jack," a biography of actor Jack Nance. Chris currently lives in Los Angeles, CA with his wife, Adriana.

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By Olluga, 12/25/2010 about
I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2011! ~Noelia~
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By Rfarrelldesign, 10/6/2010 about
Wow! Love your work; there’s a fluid sweetness that runs throughout. Congratulations on the billboard in SF. I’m a little jealous...Hey, at least I’m honest about my weaknesses. Keep the art coming.
By ZoocoDrawingLounge, 10/5/2010 about
Congratulations on your feature, amazing work!
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By TravisTeel, 10/5/2010 about
You are talented. The best of luck always.
"Superb artwork!"
By SixDownStudios, 10/4/2010 about
Graphic surrealism at some of its finest! The imaginative content reminds me of Dali, but with a Seuss-like lightheartedness and a unique style. The result is mentally stimulating, to say the least! May your inspiration never wane!
By laureenr, 10/3/2010 about
Hi Chris, I saw you were the first featured artist. Congratulations. Your work is amazing and inspirational. A truly fascinating mind. My best wishes. Lau
By ChrisLeavens, 6/16/2010 about
Thanks! My process pretty much breaks down like this: an idea pops into my head and I sometimes sketch it out to help make the ideas more concrete. Then I sit down at the computer and start re-drawing and refining the artwork in Adobe Illustrator. I just use the sketching stage for ideas, not as a traceable template. Most of my work is created with Illustrator's Pen tool and lots of clipping masks.
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