Hi, I’m Chris Wulff, an Artist and Motion Graphic Designer (pyrographer and pixel wrangler) working in Columbus, Georgia.
The Short Story
I like to make pictures. Sometimes they move across the screen, sometimes they move you.
I draw with fire on wood, with my finger on a phone, with a keyboard and fancy filters and sometimes even with a pencil on paper. I use a camera to capture what I see and my imagination to capture what I can’t see.
The Long Story
I grew up and spent most of my life in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. When it came time to decide what to do with my life, ”make pretty pictures” came to me quickly and hung around persistantly. I’ve loved to draw and make shapes and patterns as long as I can remember. I slacked my way through school because the innocent (or arrogant) young me always knew I would assemble a career making pictures.
How to go about doing that for a living took a while longer. After finishing high school I spent a few years drawing unpublished comics, working in restaurants, doodling and sketching, pumping gas, playing basketball, walking the Earth, water color painting, avoiding being lured into pyramid scams, plunking around with keyboards, and all sorts of other things that kept me living in my parents’ basement. Eventually I decided some more education would do me good.
My Post secondary pursuits initially involved courses like Abnormal Psychology, Philosophy in Literature and Anthropology. I loved studying these subjects, but couldn’t see myself finding or wanting a career based on them. Along the way I started learning how to use computers and suddenly the I saw a link between my love of doodling, these fancy 1′s and 0′s and a bona fide day job. I would study Computer Graphic Design! (Doesn’t that term sound old fashioned?)
Two years later I had a diploma in Visual Communication Design in my hand and I haven’t had to look back since. I’ve been able to practice all the facets of the communication arts; print, web, and motion. For over a decade I spent the bulk of my time focusing on the latter two working as a Motion Graphic Designer for Studio Post in Edmonton, Alberta.
In 2013 I relocated to Columbus, Georgia. It wasn’t a calculated career move or the promise of fat stacks of cash that uprooted me from Canada. It was for love. Specifically to be able to constantly hold the hand of the woman I love every day. After spending a life time pursuing pictures I’ve finally discovered the big picture!
Because most people seem to know me more as a Pixel Wrangler you may have got to this site and wondered “What is Pyrography? Chris doesn’t seem like an arsonist. He’s such a quiet person… oh, I see.”
No, that’s not what pyrography is and I’m quiet because I’m introspective! What pyrography really is, is wood burning! There, that wasn’t so hard was it?
I was introduced to Pyrography somewhat accidentally while designing a logo for a client. I thought the design would look cool treated as if it were burnt into wood. I was able to get a passable effect using PhotoShop, but it lacked a true organic finish. A trip to the local craft store found an inexpensive wood burner and stock to attempt the effect myself. I became instantly hooked.
I’d spent most of my youth illustrating comics and felt most comfortable line drawing. The wood burner allows me to draw on the wood fairly naturally, but increasing temperature or applying pressure to the surface instantly creates lovely varieties of tone and texture.
The Formal Bio
An award winning artist and designer, Chris has over 15 years experience in print, web and motion graphic design. With hundreds of commercials, documentaries, TV series and corporate videos in his credits, he is adept at identifying a clients’ needs and providing innovative and effective solutions. Chris combines illustration and photography with 3D animation and computer graphics to create memorable visuals with lasting impact. Career highlights include branding the launch of the first national specialty channel broadcast from Alberta (Canadian Learning Television), Art direction for the award winning international series “Cowboy Country Television”, re-branding of AMPIA, The Alberta Media Production Industries Association and directing the first ever live 3D projection animation in Edmonton (YESS, Youth Empowerment Support Services).