Inspired by nature, humanity, the unbelievable and the ridiculous, Friend conjures a fantasy land just shy of reality with dreamlike inhabitants, using mediums from pixels to paint to sculpture to photography.
As a freelance artist working in the Greater New York area since 1996, his work began with Curious Pictures, plunging him into the world of commercial and broadcast. The projects required of him ranged from graphic design, to rotoscoping stop motion rigs to doing on air illustrations. From there he helped create worlds and characters for a range of companies such as @radical.media, Mattel, The Jim Henson Company, Nearlife, Marvel Entertainment, Sesame Workshop, Saturday Night Live, The Cartoon Network, RSA, Possible Worlds, and Flickerlab.
He has gone on to advanced his fantastical world building skills by art directing children's television shows. He lead the design team at SpeakeasyFX's on their Emmy winning Sesame Street segment, Abby's Flying Fairy School and recently finished designing and art directing the first season of the all new Space Racers.
With his illustrative background and his love for story telling, Friend has also created a handful of books such as Blueberry Mouse (Alice Low / Mondo Publishing), Daniel and the Great Bearded One (Richard W. Friend III / Mondo Publishing), The Squampkin Patch: A Nasselrogt Adventure (J.T. Petty / Simon & Schuster) and Clemency Pogue: The Scrivener Bees (J.T. Petty / Simon & Schuster)
Friend is also an avid lover of puppetry and continues his theater and television endeavors in the field with his latest film, Moonfishing (part of Heather Henson's Handmade Puppet Dreams series). This otherworldly gem was awarded the Audience Choice at the Newport Beach Film Festival and the Dragon*Con convention.