Featured ArtWalk Artist

Featured Artist

December 2017 – January 2018

Access Center Gallery

1330 Truxtun Avenue

Bakersfield, CA 93301


John Buford

Digital Artist

My first love was film.

I began studying film in 1995 at the Academy of Art University. I loved the idea of creating portraits of a character in motion. Over the years, I extended my studies into computer animation. I put my focus into a digital toolset to create the stories and landscapes I could only imagine, but found myself drawing charcoal studies more than anything else. I absolutely hated it, feeling I was floating further and further away from the ideas I once loved. I felt I had little talent in the subject, and was overwhelmed and insecure almost every time I had to present to my class. I wanted to quit.

A co-worker of mine said to me “Don’t you dare quit.” And the tone of her voice would strike a cord in me anytime I second guessed myself. I choked down 4 years of complicated charcoal drawing classes, but eventually began to work digitally. It was here that I began to thrive again, having had years of experience with photoshop and similar applications. The familiarity of the applications I used in motion pictures gave me more confidence in the images I was creating, and from that, my love for creating the still image began to take over the destain I once had for it. I applied what I learned from traditional drawing and painting, and began creating worlds and characters I once strived for on a moving canvas. Because it was an unexpected passion, I fell for it as quickly as I did with filmmaking.

My body of work here is a collection of digital drawings, paintings, and composite work I began over two years ago. I’ve included a small series of the great icons we’ve lost over the decades, a new compilation celebrating family and the dead, and concept pieces incorporating new ideas into existing franchises. In everything I do, my goal is to present familiar things in a different way, and to immortalize them in a unique light. It is not different than what I want to do with motion pictures (my first love), it is just presented in one motionless moment in time.