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Who, What, Where, When...

Hello, and thanks for spending some time checking out my stuff. "Spade" is an art moniker that I picked up growing up and is easier for people to remember than my real last name. Thus the URL here. I understand it is a bit confusing.

I am a digital and traditional artist living in Denver, CO where I create art in various ways. I grew up in the burbs in-between Baltimore and Annapolis, spent some time living in Glenwood Springs Colorado and then ended up going to The Art Institute in Philadelphia where I earned a Bachelors of Science in Computer Animation and I was able to win the Outstanding Achievement Award for my graduating class. I spent some time at MTV animations in New York where I worked on shows like Daria and Spygroove. I then moved onto doing graphic design for a Federal Government contractor in Virginia where I spent about 7 years and assisted in winning a number of multimillion dollar proposals. I then moved into a senior Designer/Illustrator role for Primal Wear which is the #1 Custom Cycling Jersey company in the United States. I also work with a wide variety of mediums such as Photoshop, Illustrator, 3DS Max, Zbrush, Flash, Dreamweaver, acrylic paints and of course the trusted mechanical pencil and sketchbook.

My wolf dog Kane had to be put down after 13 wonderful years and I still miss her everyday so I will post a picture of her here. Thanks again for stopping by. Please feel free to contact me about a job, freelance work, prints of my designs or just to say hello.

… Chris

Quotes n' Stuff

"All children draw. I just never stopped"

-Al Hirschfeld











My Equipment

Here are some of my tools of the trade.

Adobe Tools




I work with the entire Adobe CS5 Suite. I use Photoshop everyday. I also have extensive experience with Illustrator, After EFX, Flash, Dreamweaver, Indesign and Acrobat


I use 3D Studio Max and Zbrush for any and all 3D modeling and digital sculpting

I am an avid Acrylic Painter. I use brushes and dirty water


And I always use a wacom tablet in pretty much every application except Max