Artist / Illustrator
Troy Eittreim is an award winning multi-discipline artist, currently focusing on Digital Painting. He holds a BFA in Painting and Illustration from The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).
On this site you will find examples of current digital paintings, the occasional analog creation, and links to purchase one-of-a-kind images, signed limited edition prints and unsigned unlimited edition prints.
Eittreim says, during my time at school, SCAD offered no computer classes. There was no such thing as Photoshop. Indeed Photoshop would not be commercially released until after I had graduated.
It wasn’t until a few years after graduation, that a friend stopped by to give me a copy. Immediately was fascinated! I could see possibilities.
I knew that this new tool could help achieve the aesthetic of my minds eye. Loose painterly imprecision, combined with refined, highly stylized graphics and and seamlessly fused collage.
However, at first, I could do little with the software.
There was no Youtube, no tutorial, no Photoshop for Dummies. So, I spent several years teaching myself (probably acquiring many bad habits to add to my other many bad habits).
And I often returned to traditional tools to satisfy my creative vision.
But the hook had been set. The unique challenges (and therefore, fun) presented by this tool outweigh those of traditional tools.
Now, I use Photoshop and Illustrator, almost exclusively to produce what I call digital painting.
How I got here
I was raised in the arctic tundra (and cultural wasteland) of small town, Iowa.
An only child, and naturally introspective, I spent many frigid winter hours in quiet contemplation. With chiclets chattering and ice-glazed piggies crying, I’d warm at my grandparents’ kitchen table, watching Chuck Jones, Tex Avery and Max Fleischer cartoons. I’d watch black and white Viet Nam conflict news footage, enthralled by the exotic flora, architecture and people shown within.
I’d draw. I’d paint. Play with plastic models. And airplane glue.
I exhibited a little natural talent. And – thanks to Grandma’s encouragement – I developed quite the imagination (and a nice little crusty ring of glue under my nose)!
But there, in Iowa, Norman Rockwell and Grant Wood rule the roost.
It wasn’t until college, when I was introduced to Rauschenberg’s work, Abstract Expressionism, and Surrealism, that I flipped my lid on modern art.
Then, around 1996, I began to look at Indian Miniature Painting – delicate and quaint (often painted with a one hair brush) these little jewels depict paradise -lush gardens, celestial beings and idealized historic Indian court life.
And in 2002, during travel to Bali, Indonesia, I discovered Kamasan painting – highly stylized, fantastical creatures and landscapes, painted with natural pigments.
Now, I live in sunny Florida. And have warmed up (some).
But I am still afflicted by an insatiable need to create.
I must see the wry fairy tableaus and other haunting, oddly funny visions in head manifest in reality. Or I begin to bark, convulse, and go bat-shit crazy!
I create to make myself laugh. To escape. And to help me understand the world in which I live. Hopefully they do the same for you.