DC Direct has announced that sculptor Ray Villafane has signed an exclusive dealwith the company to work on upcoming DC Direct products.
"Signing someone of Ray's caliber is a real coup for us," explained Georg Brewer,Vice President of Design and DC Direct Creative. "We are always looking to have themost talented sculptors work on the greatest characters, and bringing Ray into theDC Direct family is part of that goal."
Villafane attended the School of Visual Arts in New York. In 1991 he graduated witha BFA in Illustration and a degree to teach kindergarten - 12th grade art.
Despite a promising career in illustration, Ray followed his passion for workingwith children and became an art teacher in Northern Michigan. After 12 years ofteaching, in 2003 Ray felt it was time to move on and refocus on his art. Raydecided to try his hand at sculpting. Within three months he had landed his firstprofessional job.
His career as a sculptor took off overnight and within a year, Ray's clientsincluded Bowen Designs, McFarlane Toys, Sideshow Collectibles and DC Direct.
After two years of juggling his sculpting and teaching, Ray decided to focusstrictly on his work for DC Direct.
"Joining DC is very exciting," Villafane said. "Working on such timeless charactersis an honor. The individuals with whom I've had the opportunity to work with at DChave been nothing short of great. I am confident that working closely together wewill help bring about some of the best collectibles and action figures that thecomic book industry has to offer."