Jan van de Klooster – Science Fiction Space Art
I’m 69 years old, and maybe not your typical 3D SF guy. My first Science Fiction influence was the Flash Gordon comic, which appeared daily in my parent’s newspaper. I loved it! That was 1952, later when I learned some English, I read a lot of SF paperbacks, like Asimov, Niven, Anderson, Bradbury, you name it. When I was in my twenties I bought a box with mini-posters of Chris Foss art and papered my room with them. Then in 1979 or there about, I saw the first Alien movie and I went right back to see it again. I loved the realism, the grungy inside of the Nostromo corridors, the natural way the crew acted, bitching about wages etc. Later movies like Avatar, Oblivion, The Star Wars Saga, Elysium. I visited them mostly to look at the graphics, the ships, the effects. The stories became less and less important for me. I am a visual guy. I also admired the traditional painter John Harris, who made really awesome Science Fiction and Space art.
I got into SF Art via Corel Draw and Photoshop at first. In 1987 I had my first Atari 16 computer and it had a very simple 3d program. Later in 1995 when I was in the United States I bought (the first, I think) LightWave program. I use Vue for my rendering and landscaping.
I am hobbyist and an autodidact. I work very intuitively.
Where you can find more of Jan’s stunning art:
3D Art Direct
issue 44 features an interview of me at page 31: http://issuu.com/tosk/docs/issue44/1
What people are saying about Jan’s work
Kim de Wit: This is 3D art with style and atmosphere. It often reminds me of Chriss Foss, but the human element is not forgotten.
Christer Lystad Vebenstad: Klooster has atmosphere and moody, warm lighting. Even in the cold vacuum of space.
Jonathan Meyer: From Earth to the far reaches of space. 3D space based art for the masses. Science fiction images that will blow your mind.