Rodney Gentry

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Rodney Gentry
Rodney Gentry with Monopoly and Cardinal ornaments

Rodney Gentry concentrates on the details of every ornament he is working on. He hopes that his ornaments help people reflect on happy childhood memories.

Hometown and school: Although I’ve traveled in and out of the country, Kansas City, Missouri, is where I was born and raised. I studied at the Kansas City Art Institute to acquire my 2D skills (in design software like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator). But, at the time, 3D application wasn’t being taught. That experience came from self-study and through cross-training with co-workers who were also interested in various 3D applications.

Inspiration: I get inspiration from everywhere.If you look around, there’s a variety of art everywhere you look. I always take time to look at the different shapes and colors, natural and manmade. I watch people. I look at different fonts on advertisements. I also love looking at the variety of architecture.

Best advice: Whatever you’re working on, always take a look at it from different angles. Stay inspired and constantly gather research. You never know when you’ll need it.

Favorite work of art (so far): After many years in Keepsakes, I have lots of favorites, so it’s hard to choose one. If I have to choose one, I’d say it’s between the Cozy Coupe (because it was simple but a little complicated to model) and the GI Joe (because it was one of my first). But then, this year I really like the Monopoly and the 80th Anniversary of Monopoly. I’d say I like them all.

When I’m not working: My wife and I love to compete with each other in golf. We like to travel. I try to get her to ride on my motorcycle with me for long rides. We’re just spontaneous people who enjoy every minute of life.

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