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 the mid-nineties, his professional work began in the world of broadcast; learning graphic design, traditional animation, rotoscoping and creating illustrations for commercials. From there he helped create worlds and characters for a range of companies such as Mattel, The Jim Henson Company, Marvel Entertainment, Sesame Workshop, Saturday Night Live and The Cartoon Network.
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, art directed two seasons of Space Racers and recently headed the designs for Fairy Tale Forest, a retelling of the Brothers Grimm's Jorinda and Joringel.
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)