My name is Rodney Pike, but many in the art world know me as rwpike, which ismy username at many web sites. I am 49 years old, born and raised I BatonRouge, Louisiana, which is close to New Orleans. I now live in Gonzales,Louisiana, which is still very close to where I grew up. I have been married to mywife Lydia for 12 years now and between the two of us have 5 children. As a child,I admired my older brother’s ability to draw cartoons and I set out at a very youngage to one day be as good as him.Mad magazine was a big influence on me at that time and I practiced for hours onend copying caricatures and cartoons. At about age 10, I discovered NormanRockwell and it changed my life. I fell in love with his work and story telling abilityin his paintings. I developed a passion for art which consumed me, so I spentmost of my youth locked in my room sketching, painting, sculpting, woodcarving; you name it and I did it. I had an insatiable appetite for art and workedhard at my craft but it always seemed there was something missing. I wouldn’tdiscover what that was until many years later. I have no formal training in anymedium.What I have learned has come from studying many artists over the years and fromshear desire. I had one unforgettable art teacher in junior high school who had ahuge influence on my art and my life but that was really it except for suite of webdesign classes I attended at LSU at age 38.
My art had taken a back seat to raising children and supporting a family. I put myart aside for about 25 years and over those years lost my passion for creating art.It wasn’t until very recently that my passion and desire for creating art wasrekindled.In April of 2010, I entered my first Photoshop contest at Freaking News. I hadfinally found my niche. Photoshop and photo manipulation was the medium that Ihad been searching for all my life. Since that day, my art has consumed me onceagain.I have been working 18 hours a day, 7 days a week since then studying otherartists like Max Sauco and doing photo manipulation in Photoshop. I have doneover 300 manipulations for Freaking News alone. In May of 2010 I discoveredSebastian Kruger and Jason Seiler and made my first caricature attempt. Thatstarted something totally new to me. Photo manipulated caricatures andillustration. For 9 months now, I have devoted all of my time towards learning theart of caricature manipulation.