I once had the title "Raging Inexorable Thunderlizard Evangelist" on my business cards. Why? Ask Tom Peters. Today my business card has a different title but I maintain the same attitude. That attitude has fueled my desire to excel in a wide variety of the art and science of theatrical lighting and it's why I've written four books on the subject. My latest book is "Electricity for the Entertainment Electrician & Technician," which was written as a study guide for my 3-day workshop of the same name. My Smashwords e-book is more a reflection of the art side, which serves to balance the science side. It's the result of a long career in the lighting industry, part of which was spent on the road with various bands. Whether you are interested in lighting concerts, television, theatre, or industrials, this is the book for you. Enjoy.
When did you first realize that you had a talent for writing?
When I was in 6th grade, my teacher assigned a research project and I wrote mine on "How a Combustion Engine Works" because I was fascinated with the idea that a vehicle could propel people at incredible speeds. So I researched the topic, taught myself about internal combustion engines, and I created a large poster illustrating the key components of an engine to go along with the paper I wrote about it. I loved the entire process because it combined my love of art with my interest in technology.
How do you approach cover design?
I enjoy the process of design because there's something very satisfying about creating art. But it starts with good art, meaning a compelling photograph or design. If I don't have that to start with, then I'll create it using Illustrator and/or Photoshop. Then it's about composing an aesthetically pleasing design that is eye-catching and colorful.
Lighting Design for Modern Houses of Worship is a complete step-by-step guide to lighting design for people of all levels of experience. It covers everything from the basics of lighting, including the McCandless method, to more advanced topics like the "jewel" lighting method, lighting for video, color theory, rendering, visualization, documentation and paperwork.