CGNetworks :: Artist Profile
18th May 2005, Paul Hellard
Henning Ludvigsen grew up in a small village named Holmestrand, located one hour south of Oslo in Norway. Everyone else in the village wanted to be a policeman or a firefighter, but Henning had other ideas; very clear ideas.
In Norway, art school can be started at quite an early age, and this is essentially where Henning learnt the basics of traditional art. “It was a wonderful time in my life, as I suddenly could do what interested me most, as well as interacting with other people with similar interests. This was all happening during that time when digital computer art hadn’t made its way to the traditional art schools; it wasn’t really an accepted medium.” As a result, he activated his plan to get himself an air brush kit, in addition to the wide selection of the traditional painting and drawing tools available. He was always looking for the technological "edge" in art.
After two years in basic art school he went directly to work, as there was very little more advanced art education available outside the workforce. He found there were a lot of things he didn’t learn in education that were fundamental to the commercial application of creativity. “This was quite commonplace in those days, but things have changed since, and many courses now include commercial aspects as well as pure digital creativity as part of their curriculum.”
Henning set about teaching himself, through practical applications, books and the web, more about the commercial world of arts. He also started working at advertisement agencies in other cities away from his home village. He worked up through the ranks, eventually securing a position as an Art Director in a small and cozy agency with 16 employees.
“Initially my interests were directed towards making digital fantasy related art on the Amiga platform,” Henning says. “I started to realize the tremendous possibilities that are offered by choosing digital work.”
This journey through to Art Director took almost ten years, after which he changed professions from commercial, to computer game development. With the change, came an invitation to move from Norway to sunny Greece, which he immediately took up. “It was here in Athens that I realized I’d been working ten years without doing what I really wanted to in life, that is to paint.”
For the last year, Henning has been focusing on developing workflow skills while doing fantasy art. He is now an Art Director at a Norwegian/Greek computer game development company in Northern Athens, painting during his spare time working on both personal projects and commissions.
Whilst working on the cover art for an upcoming art book, I realized I was getting lost in the details of some of these images, spending far too much time on the tiny points and there wasn’t any inspiration, more the mechanics of the image. That came as quite a surprise, and I gave myself a project to correct that.
The Ascend | The Wrapture - "This painting was inspired by a horror role-playing session I was part of a while ago. I wanted to capture an exact moment from the scene, and scatter some elements around to make the viewer wonder what is going on." | Master and Servant.jpg (Also with some step-by-step versions) - "Portrait of myself. Giant robot added to disguise cheesyness."