Andy Knapik is an award-winning photographer, digital artist and all-around creative type.
He first discovered photography after borrowing his college roommate's camera while attending the University of Arizona and after that, he absolutely fell in love with taking pictures and more specifically taking pictures of people.
It was at that point that he changed his major to fine arts (and subsequently graduated with a bachelor's of fine arts) and his love for photography grew into a love for art and the works of the great masters of painting such as William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Edgar Degas along with the great masters of photography such as Irving Penn, Patrick Demarchelier and Richard Avedon. Over the years Andy has learned to combine the styles of painting and photography in order to create one-of-a-kind portraits that are unique to the individual.
His first book, The Art of Cosplay, stemmed from his first learning of cosplayers by watching a news segment on San Diego Comic Con and seeing all of the wonderful costumes that were on display. At that point he set out to create compelling concept art of these cosplayers in costume. The book turned out to be much more than that however as he spent time with cosplayers and saw the passion, skill and art that went into these creations.