John usually works out his compositions on the computer using Maya, ZBrush, and Photoshop and uses the result as a concept for the final painting. He loves the freedom that designing in 3D allows, even though it is very technical and demanding. However, he considers digital imagery less interesting than traditional painting because it has no “object quality”. That’s why he thinks it is so important to execute the painting by hand in oil using the traditional techniques of the 15th century Flemish painters that he most admires, Memling, David, Van der Weyden, Van Eyck, etc. The digital study is only a launching point for the final painting.
In addition to the 15th century Flemish artists, he also has great admiration for contemporary artists like Todd Schorr, Alex Gross, Brian Despain, Thomas Woodruff, Pierre et Gilles and the writings of Haruki Murakami.