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    Stephen Peringer, a seasoned video game artist, has held a lifelong passion for art, nurtured through classical training at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, where he graduated with honors. Enthralled by the works of airbrush artists like Charles White III during his academic journey, Stephen immersed himself in this medium, mastering it over two decades. His distinctive technique involved using transparent inks, later transitioning to liquid acrylics, to delicately layer pure colors on illustration boards, producing vibrant and rich compositions. This method, inspired by artistic luminary Maxfield Parrish, distinguished him as one of the few artists working this way at the time, creating challenging yet captivating works, including intricate skin tones achieved through the precise layering of inks.

    Stephen's dedication to airbrushing, with its meticulous process of cutting and painting hard-edged shapes on adhesive film, is a testament to his commitment to achieving clean and crisp effects. His illustrious career includes freelance work in the 1980s and 1990s, contributing to video game box cover designs and advertisements for renowned companies like Nintendo, Irem, Square Soft, and Kemco Seika. With a career spanning 46 years, Stephen's artistic talents have graced various projects, from video games such as Shadowgate, Final Fantasy Mystic Quest, Deja Vu, and R-Type, to book covers like James Ellroy's "The Black Dahlia" (owned by the author), as well as a series of Seattle International Film Festival posters and an album cover for the Steve Miller Band. His work has earned him numerous awards, media recognition, and even the role of teaching Advanced Illustration at the School of Visual Concepts in Seattle. In 1995, a revelation of Photoshop's potential set him on a path towards digital art and animation, unleashing a world of boundless opportunities that he continues to love and explore.

    Stephen Mercer Peringer

    Stephen Peringer (1951–2024)
    Born: May 29, 1951
    Died: March 12, 2024 (aged 72)
    Nationality: American
    Location: Duvall, Washington
    Education: ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California (1974)

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