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I've been emailing with Craig Moore for a while, and now
have a photogallery of his Cordwainer Smith art to share
with you. Just click on any of the tiny images above to see a
larger version with the title.
So Who IS Craig Moore?
Craig Moore was born in Hertford, England in 1968. At an
early age he was filling up sketchbooks with drawings of aliens
and spaceships. His early work was somewhat inspired by a
combination of reading fairy tales, fantasy and factual space
and mystery books. He was also a fan of Dr Who and Star
After leaving school he attended a two year art course
called Prep Art, which was at a college in his home town of
Ware, England. The course was a good grounding in all aspects
of art and design and offered a good deal of time for
experimentation with paint. Craig started to read science
fiction more often and began to study the work of
contemporary sci-fi artists such as Jim Burns, Peter Jones, Syd
Mead and Michael Whelan, as well as having an
appreciation for the old masters like Claude Lorrain and Thomas
Gainsborough. After Ware College he attended a one year
foundation course at Stevenage College and specialized in
graphic design. He finally gained an Higher National Diploma in
Illustration at Sunderland University in 1993.
At this point, science fiction art was his main goal, and he
compiled his portfolio accordingly.
After a year working at an insurance company in Hertford,
Craig was offered the chance to join a team of designers at a
video games company in Dundee, Scotland. It sounded
better than doing insurance, so he accepted the job
without hesitation and became involved in the creation of
digital art for various computer games. This was the beginning
of a distinguished career in video games and gave him the
opportunity to work on a few sci-fi games. He was involved in
the concept art process and the creation of 3D environments
using cutting edge technology.
Craig is still involved as an artist in the games
industry, now working as a 3D environment artist at
Disney Interractive Studios in Brighton, England.
In 2005, Craig discovered a book called The Rediscovery of Man by
Cordwainer Smith. He read it and was completely enamoured with
the stories; they were incredibly strange and brilliant. After
reading the short story ' A Planet Named Shayol', Craig decided
to paint a scene from the story and this lead to a whole series
of paintings inspired by the amazing stories in The
Rediscovery of Man. Never before had he dedicated so much
time to one project and each painting was a joy to create.
Cordwainer Smith's universe took him right back to that
childhood sense of wonder he used to experience while reading
Craig endeavours to bring his own visual ideas of the far
future in order to convey Cordwainer Smith's strange and
wonderfully believable future history.