My passion for art came at a young age. I was inspired to draw animals and dinosaurs by frequent visits to zoos and museums, and my love only grew from there. I started out drawing creatures in their natural forms, and soon I began to mix them to my own design. My passion was fortified by the amazing and horrific beasts I found in films. As I drew inspiration from movies such as Jurassic Park and Avatar, I started to take artistic routes that felt new and untouched, striving constantly for the proverbial original idea. One day, I found out that concept art was a career, and I was elated to find out that I could be paid to do what I loved most! I didn't have any idea how I would achieve this, so I continued my path to become a biologist. My dream stayed in the back of my mind until I came across the opportunity of a lifetime.
- My Story -
Hello fellow creators!
My name is Michael Vincent Eppinette. I’m an artist from Conroe, Texas currently studying film and art at the University of Arizona. I have a lifelong passion for creating creatures and characters, and an inherent love for all things monstrous! My artistic vision is inspired by my love for the natural world and my Christian faith. To me, the art of creature and character design isn’t just to come up with a look; it’s inextricably linked to movement, behavior, and story, and the more intent that’s put into every aspect of a design, the more alive it becomes on screen. It is of the utmost importance to me that every creature I design is realistic, original, and evocative. Many of my personal concepts are for stories of my own that I aspire to bring to life in the future as a film director.
In the fall of my sophomore year of highschool, the Stan Winston School of Character Arts facebook page posted their Kaiju design contest. The 2 winning designs would by built into 7 ft tall foam-fabricated monster suits by fx titans Ted Haines and Bill Bryan (AKA the Stay-Puft Marshmellow Man), then featured in a cutting-edge virtual reality short film to be premiered at the Sundance film festival. I had been searching for a contest that would suit my skillset, and I knew another opportunity this amazing would never come along again, so I gave it my all. The following summer, I found out that out of the 297 worldwide entries, mine won! Shortly after, I flew to LA to attend Adobe MAX, where the monsters would be presented, and to experience my design come to life during the filming of "Kaiju Fury". This proved to be possibly the greatest decision of my life. While there, I made several invaluable contacts and friends. It was at this point that I decided that concept art, my dream career, was possible. Since then, I have charged at full speed towards achieving that dream.
That said, nothing excites me more than the idea of my artistic visions coming to life, and I can’t wait to help do the same for yours! I love the challenge of creating an original and iconic character, and as of now, I have 2 years of experience working with directors to evolve a client's idea into a finished design. Please carouse through my portfolio at your own pace. That is...until something begins to chase you. Let’s make some MONSTERS!!!