Some words from Ric:
I’ve been drawing and painting as long as I can remember. As a kid, I had painting lessons from a local artist. I went on to receive formal training at the York Academy of Arts and Antonelli Institute of Art and Photography. My interest in fantasy and horror art came when I first saw the work of Frank Frazetta. I realized that this was the style of art I wanted to get into. My own subject matter and style evolved into the fantasy and horror pin-ups you see today.
Using different mediums I try to create strong, sexy images of women in horror, fantasy, & related genres. I specializes in watercolor. But also use acrylic, inks, air-brush and photography. I draw a lot of inspiration from the models I work with, Asia DeVinyl, Tiffany Shepis, Natasha Yi, Rachael Robbins, Kerri Taylor, Aria Giovanni, & my wife, Wendy M. All these models have their own unique personalities and looks to help fuel the creative process. A certain look or pose will drive ideas that I hadn’t even thought of.
I’ve done illustration work for many books, magazines, games, & comics. I’ve been featured in several publications here and abroad. It’s great getting fan mail from around the world. Currently I live in Delaware with my wife, artist Wendy M. and son Jared. Wendy and I own a gallery in Wilmington.
Echo has over twenty years of experience as a professional commercial artist in the advertising field, and five years as an instructor of graphics and digital illustration at Pratt institute, Westchester Community College, Marymount Manhattan and Skidmore CCI. She specializes in art nouveau influenced poster design, adverisements, package design and bookcovers.
She is a traditionally trained artist – graduate of Pratt institute, Summa Cum Laude (presidents award for academic excellence). A traditional background in art focuses on skills such as drawing and painting as well as perspective and color theory. This allows the artist to translate their concept into whatever media best suits the job – resulting in a very versatile artist, who is not limited by any one medium.
What does the -x stand for in echo-x?
The x represents a variable, which in programming terms, means that it can be substituted for nearly anything. For example: x=illustrator, x=3d texture artist, x=instructor, and so forth. It is representative of a wide and varied range of skills and talents.
She is currently working out of the studio in Sammamish. When not illustrating, she also enjoys kick boxing, target shooting, volunteering in the community, baking and outings with her daughters.
SILVER 2011 ENnie Awards “Best RPG Cover” – Attitude
FIRST PLACE 2010 Origins Award “Best RPG Related” – Attitude
FIRST PLACE 2009 Origins Award “Best Contemporary” – Pie Cthulhu
SECOND PLACE 2009 Origins Award “Best Contemporary” – Queen of Hearts
THIRD PLACE 2009 Origins Award “Fans’ Choice” – Queen of Hearts
GOLD 2008 37th Annual Creativity Awards – El Conquistador
BRONZE 2008 Creative Shake Design Awards – Arlo Guthrie’s Lost World Tour
HONORABLE MENTION 2008 37th Annual Creativity Awards – Hype Girl 2
HONORABLE MENTION 2008 37th Annual Creativity Awards – Connecticut Operas
GOLD 2007 Create Magazine – The Spirit of Navigation
GOLD 2007 Create Magazine – Rocket Dog Shoes
SILVER 2007 Create Magazine – Tosca
GOLD 2007 Portfolios.com – Soot Sucks!
SILVER 2007 Portfolios.com – Tosca
GOLD 2006 Create Magazine – Hype Girl
GOLD 2006 Portfolios.com “HP’s Best Illustration” – Hype Girl
GOLD 2006 Portfolios.com “Gold” – Hype Girl
GOLD 2006 Aphrodisia “Best in Category – Pin-Up” – Hype Girl