|Contribution Rating:||3 (tied for 9168th; 1 in last year)|
|Member Since||May 10, 2004|
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|Location:||Laguna Beach, United States|
|About myself:||Hello, my name is Stone Perales and I am a Southern California video game artist from Laguna Beach, CA.|
Outside of time spent with family, or free diving, I send every free moment of my life creating art. Regardless of genre or medium, if there is a story to tell, or a world to create, I am at my best as an artist.
Even though I specialize in sci-fi and fantasy art, almost everything I draw or sculpt is heavily influenced by nature. I have found that everything I need to produce great art can be learned from the natural world.
Some of my earliest influences were: Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, Jacques Cousteau, Star Wars, Dungeons and Dragons, and J.R.R. Tolkien's the Lord of the Rings. These 5 things were the catalysts in shaping my artistic sensibilities.
Prior to entering the gaming industry as a computer artist, I was on my way to becoming a Veterinarian. As a Veterinary Technician, I spent many long hours assisting in surgery and necropsy, as well as Illustrating surgical procedures which helped to build a strong base of knowledge in my understanding of animal anatomy.
I believe that my early exposure to pen and paper games, and my work experience in veterinary medicine has helped to lay a strong creative foundation, which has served me well as a video game artist over the past 10 years.