Erik Fokkens


close to 100% copy of pinocchio chepetto's room, painted in 1993, part of my disney/classical backgrounds portfolio

specialized in

creating atmospheres

As many fantasy and visionary artists Erik is always chasing the everlasting challenge to achieve extraordinary lighting, mood and suspense in his work. He designs and paints sets and environments for the animation- and game industry. Always trying to create breathtaking atmospheres by exploring contrast, light and FX.
Since 1992 he is contributing with his work to animated movies, TV Series, bookcovers, comics and videogames. He has been credited on more then 20 animated movies and Series.


Beautifull classical backgrounds

"I, Piet De Rycker, met Erik some 15 years ago when we where looking for BG painters that could do Classical Feature BG's style used as in movies from Don Bluth, Disney, Amblimation. When introduced to his work I said this is the man we want. Since, our path crossed many times and he never disappointed me. It is outstanding, work. Great atmospheric light. Out of focus where it needs to be out of focus. Detailed where it needs to be detailed. It surely will let the animators work shine". Sincerely, Piet.

Piet de Ryker
director Cartoonfilm

Great artwork, fluent communication

I have been hiring Erik as lead BGs color artist and supervisor of his own team of artists. He worked on 2 of our productions and for both of them he has been surely a strong asset for the final result. His work is great and he immediately understood our art director creative inputs and helped a lot to reach the goal and also improve it! He's surely a person I would work together again in any of our projects.

Paola Verdenelli
Rainbow S.r.l. - Production Manager

Incredible work!

Erik is an extremely talented Matte Painter with an exquisite eye for detail. He was professional, dedicated, and was able to deliver quality work in minimal time. I enjoyed working with Erik and would work with him again in an instant. I would also highly recommend him to any recruiter.

Stephanie Cushing
Lighting TD at Sony Pictures Imageworks

Hello, my name is Erik.

I am a professional backgroundartist  working in the animation - and game industry. In the year 1993 I started my career at the Don Bluth Studios in Dublin. In those days there were no computers used yet in the painting proces. Therefore I developed a strong traditional painting background. Around the year 2000 I made the transition to working digitally.
Going through the pages on this webportfolio you will find examples of my backgroundart and also of my personal art.
In my shop I sell pieces from my personal collection plus some collector items.

Enjoy viewing and best regards,

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