It all started in kindergarten one day, when a little boy named Christian Alzmann decided to render Darth Vader in finger paint during arts and crafts. After the Star Wars villain, it was the turn of spaceships, animals, creatures, you name it. As years went by, Christian's passion for science fiction and fantasy movies grew, and he kept drawing all the things he saw that inspired him.
In the Fall of 1995, Christian joined the Art Center in Pasadena to study illustration, just like two of his childhood heroes had done years before him: Ralph Mcquarrie and Syd Mead. The extremely high level of student work and the caliber of teaching there helped him drive his own work to new standards.
He tried everything from illustrations for children's books to Fine Art, before going back to what had initially gotten him into art in the first place: designing for film, and science fiction and fantasy illustrations.
After graduating, Christian joined the Industrial Light & Magic art department. 17 years later, he is still with ILM as a Senior VFX Art Director and has worked on numerous film projects including Steven Spielberg's A.I., Men in Black 2, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars Episode Two: Attack of the Clones, War of the Worlds, the fourth installment of Indiana Jones, Transformers, Star Trek 2 and Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens, where he was the concept designer for BB-8. His most recent projects include The Jungle Book, Warcraft, Big Friendly Giant and Rogue One.
As a visual storyteller Christian has illustrated book covers of Science Fiction and Fantasy novels for clients which include Harper Collins, Penguin Books, IDG and Future Publishing. His personal work can be found in the book Tales: The Art of Christian Alzmann, available on his website or on Amazon.