Hi, I’m Chris Wulff, an Artist and Motion Graphic Designer (pyrographer and pixel wrangler) working in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
The Short Story
I 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
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 After finishing high school I spent a few years drawing unpublished comics, working in restaurants, doodling and sketching, pumping gas, playing basketball, walking the Earth, water color painting, avoiding being lured into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. I spend the bulk of my time focusing on the latter two working as a Motion Graphic Designer for Studio Post in Edmonton, Alberta.
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
Specializing in pyrography (wood burning), Chris Wulff’s art largely consists of wildlife and western themes, but he enjoys exploring any subject matter that moves him and, most importantly, looks good burnt into wood!
Earliest influences were comic books and cartooning. Whether as a hobby or professional pursuit Chris has explored a wide variety of art including watercolour and acrylic painting, digital illustration, computer animation and visual effects, sculpture and photography. Chris self published comic books throughout high school and received his first commissions by providing cartoons for everything from day planners to restaurant menu boards.
Formal education came through Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton where he applied his love of illustration to the study of Visual Communication Design. Chris graduated with distinction in the Computer Graphic Design major.
Chris has worked professionally in the Film and Television industry since 1998. He has provided Art Direction, Graphic Design and Animation for stations including Global, CH Network, Xtreme Sports, ACCESS, CLT, Book Television and Court TV Canada. Chris is the resident the Pixel Wrangler at Studio Post in Edmonton where his job duties entail everything from 3d animation and Visual Effects for television and movies to Website and Print design.