Ryan Straut

"When I graduated from pre-school, I was torn between two dream jobs: paleontologist and Spider-Man. My web-slinging abilities never quite panned out, but I never forgot about our friendly neighborhood hero.

As a kid, I found myself inspired by the comic works of Ditko and Kirby. Not only was I mesmerized by the storytelling through pictures and words, but was captivated by the story being told. Peter Parker was an intellectual, fueled by science, who overcame personal and superhuman obstacles thanks to the courage granted by a radioactive bite. While I will always hate spiders, I will always thank Spider-Man for giving me my own courage.

The comics I read inspired me to pursue art and conceptual design. Through this, I was introduced to some talented makeup artists who helped guide me into the fantastic world of special effects."