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Behind the Scenes: the Art of Robert Harris


In the Behind the Scenes series, I'm inviting artists to talk about the creation of one of their works. I haven't featured any of Robert Harris' work before, but I kept seeing his work on deviantArt. I decided to invite him to talk about his work.

First I would like to thank you for the invitation to share about my art.

My name is Robert Harris, I was born in Trinidad & Tobago and I currently reside in Toronto, Canada. I am primarily a character designer, I do work as a freelancer and I am currently writing and illustrating my own children books.



Art has always given me a sense of self, from the age of six art became a very passionate and important part of my life. Coming from a life of poverty, I have dedicated my life to the well being of children. Through my stories, experience and illustrations I cover real life issues cultivating inspiration and food for the soul.

I admire and gain inspiration from artist like Dick Bruna, Dr. Seuss, Maurice Sendak, who share their life through their art. Valuing life and simplicity.


Creation Process

I am a vivid dreamer and it's the main source of my ideas and inspiration. I can visualize an idea no matter how vague from my head directly into 3D, this has helped me kept my characters fresh and unique. I value Simplicity and it has always been my style and way of working, I believe less is more.



Box modelling is my preferred method of modelling, it gives me full control of where I want to add details and form. Keeping my meshes as low as possible without loosing personality and edge flows.


I explore different body types, exaggerating certain aspects to enhance character and personality.

I use a simple material setups on my characters, consisting of a (Diffuse,Velvet,Fersnel and Mix Shader) node setup.



I use cycles exclusively for my renders, with a studio setup and custom nodes I am able to achieve the vibrant clean appearance I like for my characters.





Special thanks to Bart Veldhuizen for the opportunity to share about my art.

You're welcome, Robert ;-)

About the Author

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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.

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