Hi, I'm Erik Surpless and I'm an illustrator based in Austin, Texas with a slight cacti & succulent problem. I've been drawing and creating in one form or another since I can remember. I work in 2d, both traditionally and digitally. I'm fascinated by the weird world of biology and evolution, and all things mechanical.
I am originally from the small town of Bloomingdale, New Jersey, where i spent my youth drawing, tinkering on bikes and cars, and observing nature. In true Garden State fashion my career path into the arts was first cultivated by my grandfather, an avid gardener, who fed me an endless supply of paper, pads and pencils to keep me from drawing on my poor parents walls with crayons.
My career path in the arts has led through several interesting industries. For 10 years I worked for Todd McFarlane at his toy design studio in my hometown of Bloomingdale, NJ. I worked on several very fun action figure lines, such as Shrek, Austin Powers and Spawn. I mainly painted prototypes, but i also built miniature background sets for photography and displays for the annual NYC ToyFair. The 2009 US financial crisis brought an end to the fun in the toy industry. I wandered for years looking for just any way back into a creative career. In 2012 I left New Jersey behind to try life in Austin, Texas. I took jobs doing custom airbrushing on motorcycles, worked at a 3d printing facilty, spray painted in several sign shops in the area and even worked for a factory sculpting giant animals out of styrofoam for water parks.
In 2018 I had the opportunity of a lifetime to work for Minnow Mountain, a small animation studio in Austin, Texas, where I'd be hand drawing animations for Amazon Prime's new animated series "Undone"! I am very proud and honored to be a part of this process and can't wait for you all to see it in late 2019!
If you have a fun project in mind you'd like me to work on, feel free to contact me. Need some illustrations for your botany book? Got an idea for a cool new character you need designed? You think your Dad would look good behind the wheel of an IndyCar? Need a pet portrait?
Just give a short description of what you are thinking and I will be sure to get back to you!
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Erik W Surpless
*if forms aren't your deal, feel free to shoot me a text! cell: 973-356-2820