Cliff Cramp


The world of tribbledom includes interesting people from across the nation and around the world. Every tribble is a conservative, most are people of faith, and many are exceedingly gifted: Cliff Cramp just happens to be all three! Cliff joined the group of Hugh Hewitt Radio Show aficionados (who would subsequently be known as “the tribbles”) in 2008. We congregated daily on twitter using the #hhrs hashtag (which has since been changed to #hewitt), and “tweeted” as time allowed throughout the show.

We quickly discovered that Cliff was an illustrator, an extremely good illustrator. A little more from his bio:

Cliff Cramp’s illustration work spans a wide range of genres in the entertainment industry; including background painting for animation, storyboard and visual development art for feature film, CD / DVD cover art, board games, editorial and book illustration. His paintings have been exhibited in many international juried competitions. Cliff’s clients have included LucasFilms, 20th Century Fox, United Artists, Hollywood Records, Nickelodeon TV Animation, Disney Entertainment, Penguin Books, Philomel Books, Ingram Micro, Dik Entertainment, Menagerie Creative and more.

His illustrations can be seen on covers such as Lucasflims/ 20th Century Fox Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu Ray, Star Wars: Episodes 1 2 3 on Blu Ray, Star Wars: Episodes 4 5 6 on Blu Ray, Hollywood Records Plain White T’s Wonders of The Younger CD, 20th Century Fox Marilyn Monroe Special Anniversary Collection, and many more. His work has also been featured in Corel Painter 11 and 12.

 In the year, 2000, a studio fire destroyed more than ten years of artwork. After the fire, Cliff switched to digital painting media for much of his illustration assignment work. He has received award-winning status on CGTalk, the largest online community of professional illustrators using digital media. Cliff continues his freelance career while serving as area coordinator for the illustration program at California State University Fullerton. He instructs illustration courses in traditional and digital media.

Cliff’s artistic influences include John Singer Sargent, Howard Pyle, Harvey Dunn, NC Wyeth, James Montgomery Flagg, and Dean Cornwell. His contemporary influences are too numerous to list.

Cliff enjoys old things; old cars which he likes to tinker on, old houses which he would like to live in some day, old furniture which he likes to restore, and elderly people who he enjoys talking with. He lives with his wonderful wife and two energetic boys in sunny Southern California.

Cliff with his beautiful wife and boys.

Cliff has graciously agreed to post some of his artwork here–there will be illustrations related to the Hugh Hewitt Show and others which are unrelated. Our vision is to develop Tribble News into a top-shelf site comprised of timely, wholly accurate and substantiated political commentary, but also to include a well-rounded choice of sections such as guns, films, books, faith and yes…even art. Our expectation is that the readers will greatly enjoy Cliff’s wonderful illustrations. Cliff can be contacted through his site and on Facebook. Now be prepared to amazed by the works of this good friend and humble tribble.