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My Artistic Story

Ryan's Story From The Beginning

I was not always into graphics, but I loved art.  I began drawing at age 4 with my grandmother, Fern Knope, a masterful artist.  She bought me Berol Colored Pencils, Sketch Pads, Painting supplies and more as I reached 9 years old.  We would draw for hours at her in-law apartment (Man - those were the days). 

I had always been into drawing, painting, sketching and sculpting, but found a new art that rocked my world in 8th grade. My class took a field trip to the high school to check out the technology department and the classes that they offered.  That’s when I got a quick look at a class called Graphics.  As soon as I walked in the door witnessed the atmosphere and the activities, I fell in love and immediately said to myself "This is what I want to do for the rest of my life." I will never forget that day.

I enrolled in the Graphics class at Hilton Central High School during my Sophomore year and won the highest honor in the International Gutenberg Awards Competition for Computer Graphics and Printing.  I won two Best of Shows, two First Places and a Fifth place all in my first year of computer graphics.  This accomplishment had not been matched before and has not been matched since. I attribute the achievement to my instant enjoyment and love for this art that I will never loose. 

Shortly thereafter I began writing tutorials and articles for Rhinoceros 3D users and both print and online magazines such as: 3D Artist; 3D Luvr; 3D Site; Komodo Studios Mastering 3D Graphics and Creature Workshop; 3D Review; Charles River Publishing's Graphics Resource Club and many more.  I also co-wrote 3D Graphics Tutorial Collection, published by Charles River Publishing.

At that point, I decided to pay tribute to my country and serve in the United States Army. While training for Special Forces I was injured and sent home. Life resumed in computer graphics after my service in the Army...I then worked at HSI and Rockland Studios as their Lead 3D Artist managing 3D production. After 2.5 years there I decided to relocate to Denver.

I then received a job offer at world renowned Architectural design firm "RNL Design" in 2008.

That lasted until the economic crisis of 2009 and I was let go in Feb. I am now available for every type of 3D or 2D work. I also work with multiple companies on a freelance level, such as General Motors, GLS-I Inc, Sara Lee, Petards Inc, Learn It Systems, L.J.Linkjr Architect, Prestige Development, Big ideas Group, RNL Design, Amplify Research, Ecocentrix, TradeMax and more. For a client list and references please email me.

In mid 2009 I was contacted by Duncan Evans, the editor of 3D Artist Magazine (A internationally shipped magazine). I am now a monthly columnist for the magazine. Their Architectural - Interiors Q&A Expert.

In 2010 I became the main 3D Artist supplying renderings in the "Asia / Pacific Region" for super firm, Select Service Partner.

Pushing a career through dedication, know-how and experience through the past 15 years. The song remains the same. I hope you enjoyed the story.

-Ryan Knope




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Awards and Honors


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ASAI Excellence Award for AIP 30. American Society Of Architectural Illustrators.
Press Release
2015



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ASAI Excellence Award for AIP 29. American Society Of Architectural Illustrators.
Press Release
2014


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Best of Lakewood award for Fine Art Companies.
Press Release
2013




Pic 1 This came with the rendering "This Is Hope". Was a great experience in creation. 2011



Pic 1 Won with the rendering "The Mall" It is an honor! Please check out the gallery. 2010




Pic 1 Won with "Mansion At 6 Evan Way"." This is my 4th CGArena Award.
2010


Pic 1 Won with the rendering "The World Has Moved On" This is my 3rd CGArena Award. 2009




Pic 1 Won 2nd Place in the Enjoy CG contest in August. Lot's of goodies and recognition! 2009



Pic 1 Won with the rendering "As Humans Control Nature". TDT3D Golden Gear Award 2009


Pic 1 Won with the rendering "As Humans Control Nature" It is an honor to be part in CG Arena each time I get in. 2009



Pic 3 "As Humans Control Nature" was featured as the image of the week and editor's choice of 3D Artist Magazine Online, June 22nd, 2009



Pic 3 "As Humans Control Nature" was picked as 4th place and Honourable Mention in "The Control of Nature Contest at "ItsArtMag"., 2009


Pic 3 "City By The Water" was featured as the image of the week and editor's choice of 3D Artist Magazine Online on June 1st, 2009



Pic 1 This came with the rendering "Global Warming". Was a great experience in creation. 2008




Pic 2 So old of a win... I forget what I got into the gallery with. This was about 2003...

 

Here are the Non-Internet Computer Graphics Awards that I have won. Most occuring by 1999... what ever happened to printed official awards once the Digital Age started?

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1999 INTERNATIONAL GUTENBERG AWARD
• 3RD PLACE - Electronic Publishing

1999 SCHOLASTIC ARTS AWARDS
• EXCELLENCE AWARD - Computer Graphics
• GOLD KEY AWARD - Computer Graphics

1998 INTERNATIONAL GUTENBERG AWARD
• 5TH PLACE - Pre-Press A, Electronic Pub.
• 5TH PLACE - Process Color Lithography

1998 SCHOLASTIC ARTS AWARDS
• SILVER KEY AWARD- Computer Graphics

1998 TECH. EDU. ASSOC. OF NEW YORK
• 1ST PLACE - Oustanding Portfolio - CG

1998 ROCHESTER PRINTING WEEK
• 1ST PLACE - Computer Graphics Portfolio

1998 BATTLE OF THE BANDWIDTH
• 3RD PLACE - Web Design

1997 INTERNATIONAL GUTENBERG AWARD
• BEST OF SHOW - Electronic Publishing A
• BEST OF SHOW - Process Litho Printing
• 1ST PLACE - Process Litho Printing
• 1ST PLACE - Electronic Publishing A
• 3RD Place- Electronic Publishing A

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Testimonials

"I had been searching for a team that can turn my vision into a work of art for a couple of weeks then I found Mr. Ryan Knope. I wasn't aware of an individual that can turn things this fast. There's no need for a team for Mr. Knope. A truly talented and creative artist that turned my ideas into a masterpiece. He got right to work after our production meeting and the outcome is just pure genius!
Jan Constantine - March 2013
Commander-in-Chief, Media Playground



"I have worked with Ryan for many years. First while at my tenure at "Select Service Partner", as Project Manager for the Asia \ Pacific Region and now while owning my own firm, "Chief Design". SSP Asia \ Pacific has only one 3D Rendering Artist. This is Ryan Knope.
Ryan has always been an extreme value to all projects involved. This is with his dedication, timeliness, fantastic renderings and the ease of communication.
I recommend Ryan to anyone who needs high quality renderings and high quality service."
Phill Cheng
Owner - "Chief Design" - March 2013


"Excellent customer service and excellent design work. Would and will definitely use again. Thank you."
Aaron Sullivan- Owner
Titan Homes - February 2013


"I hired Ryan to do a 3D rendering of a design drawing I wanted to use for a website logo. Ryan did an amazing job. My experience dealing with Ryan was that he is creative, talented, and very professional. He delivered superior quality in a timely fashion and at a reasonable price. He is also very easy to work with and it was very easy to collaborate with him on this project. I highly recommend Ryan for any of your 3D graphic rendering needs!"
-Maurice Durocher-
"Maurice Inc." - February 2013


“Ryan Knope was a pleasure to work with at all times. We found his high level of professionalism, customer service and accessibility to be impeccable.  He understood what we were looking to do and made it happen with no stress.  Our project was completed quickly and turned out better than we had expected.  Looking forward to using his talents in the future.  We highly recommend Ryan with no reservations.  .”
-Shawn and Amanda Kelchner
"Kelchner Foods" - January 2013


“Ryan was a true pleasure to work with.
He helped design 4 beautiful renderings of indoor and outdoor space, which will be used to market my new business.  He was extremely prompt and delivered all updates at a timely manner.  We communicated frequently with one another and he was very accommodating when asked to make multiple edits.  The finished product was more than what I could've asked for.  Ryan is an exceptionally talented artist and I would recommend him to anyone looking for someone to create high quality renderings.”
Roxana Chiu - Owner
SnapSuites - October 2012

“When a former colleague of mine was looking for an illustrator to help communicate a unique retail concept, I agreed to help him out and began cast about for the right person for the job. My years of experience developing retail stores for a list of major brands had trained me to recognize the class of professional capable of creating illustrations out of ideas. Ryan Knope possesses that level of professionalism and expertise. In fact, Ryan is possibly the best illustrator I have ever worked with, His ability to work through the creative process in a collaborative and highly communicative way is incomparable. It is because of these traits that I would highly recommend Ryan to individuals and institutions alike who are looking for a world class illustrator with a firm grasp on what it takes to provide excellent and high quality outcomes.”


-Michael LaVilla - Owner
"Retail Vanguard" - March 2012


It a real pleasure to collaborate with Ryan, who is very talented 3D artist with a keen understanding of how important it is for the client to review and approve the progress along the way to get the highest quality visual image within budget and time constraints to exceed expectations. No question where I will go next time for these services!
- Mark Meiser - Owner
Meiz Development CO. - Feb 2012