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Ian Spriggs — Artist & Author, “A Portrait of the Digital Age”


Top of this year's Chaos Christmas wishlist is A Portrait of the Digital Age, Ian Spriggs’ book on creating his meticulous character studies. In this week’s podcast, the digital portrait artist returns to talk to Chris (who features in the book) about some of the subjects the publication tackles.

Ian shares valuable insights into the process of making his portraits, including his Renaissance influences, the roles clothing, lights, and pose play in his images, and he's embraced improvements in technology and technique. He talks about some of the major shifts in the art world in the past few years, including the emergence of real-time digital humans and the rapid rise of NFTs. You’ll also get to hear about Ian’s next portrait — and find out why it's his most challenging yet.


A Portrait of the Digital Age >

Ian Spriggs’ website >

Chaos interview with Ian Spriggs >



5:00 Chris and Ian’s history

11:09 Digitizing art’s most popular subject

14:35 What makes the Mona Lisa valuable

20:30 Ian’s inspiration

23:18 How to light a portrait

27:22 How Ian’s portraits have changed

33:14 Boosting hair

40:00 The challenges of digital humans

44:51 Thoughts on NFTs

51:16 Secrets of NFT success

59:21 Book details and his next project

About the author

Christopher Nichols

Chris is a CG industry veteran and Director of Chaos Labs. He can also be heard regularly as the host of the CG Garage podcast which attracts 20,000 weekly listeners. With a background in both VFX and Design, Chris has worked for Gensler, Digital Domain, Imageworks and Method Studios. His credits include Maleficent, Oblivion and Tron: Legacy.

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