Creative Lighting fomented at Cityscape Digital’s Shoreditch studio. Nikos, then CGI director at Cityscape, and Damian its creative director fought long and hard in the heat of the engine room (it was pretty small and crowded back then) over how to make visuals of buildings beautiful, exceptional. They turned to cinema for inspiration, and the awe-inspiring world of cinematography started to open up its secrets to them. Many Pinterest boards, sketches, 3D tests and research into Roger Deakin’s later, an in-house workshop was born: Creative Lighting vs. Mundane Realism. From there the philosophy took on a life of its own.

Nikos Nikolopoulos

For several years, Nikos worked at Cityscape Digital as their lead 3d artist and then following on as CGI director. Eventually the call of the homeland grew too strong, but Nikos and Cityscape were like family too and did not want to part company. Instead they forged a new concept together,, a vision for CG driven by the philosophies of cinematic lighting. Recently he launched Creative Lighting Club, an exclusive community in which CG artists can learn and be inspired, a place to unleash the power of the artist. Nikos travels the world to deliver workshops, sharing his Creative Lighting philosophy and helping all kinds of artists take their work a step further. He is passionate about the morning light and magic hour. He believes that inspiration is everywhere and in life everything is creative.

Damian Fennell

Damian Fennell is Creative Director at leading architectural visualisation house Cityscape Digital. 10 years ago, he put his fine art and sculpture career on hold to join Cityscape; after 7 years' study and 7 years’ professional practice, he had to admit fine art was a tough way to keep 3 kids alive. He became the creative lead at Cityscape in 2009, and has shaped the look of the work and the creative philosophy of the studio since then. He and Nikos Nikolopoulos worked closely together in the 5 years Nikos was at Cityscape, and the Creative Lighting philosophy was born out of their shared practice. Damian is passionate about image-craft, design, and the play of light and dark. He finished building a studio at home last year and is getting back into sculpture and painting. Gradually.

Understanding how to harness light is central to the artist’s creative skill set. We wanted to help artists grow this skill. We wanted to create a place where like-minded creatives could come for inspiration and knowledge. We wanted it to be open to anyone anywhere, as long as they were as excited about light as we are. And so, a radical new kind of members’ club was born.