Aurum Effects is the product of two creative minds seeking to elevate their craft and share their talents with the world. With nearly 20 years of combined experience in effects and fabrication, Eric and Derek have tailored their skills to deliver specialty props, weapons, characters, miniatures, and effects to world class standards.
Since he was 13, Eric has been making toys, props, and costumes and exercising his entrepreneurial spirit. Constantly inspired by video games, his creations were drawn from the designs of fantasy and sci-fi worlds. During his time in the Viticulture and Enology program at U.C. Davis he realized his passion for creating props and costumes and left academia behind to pursue a career in effects and fabrication.
His first company, Impact Props, was co-founded with Brad Thompson and led him to work closely with the video game industry. He created props for commercials, showpieces for events, physical key art, trophies, and more. He is now dedicated to incorporating replicas and effects into the gaming/entertainment industry in new, exciting, and creative ways.
Derek grew up drawing and painting and was always fascinated by monsters, characters, weapons, and fantasy. A few of his early inspirations were The Iron Giant, The Dark Crystal, and The Predator. He began working for Legacy Effects part time when he was only 16. After graduating from high school, he would continue to work for Legacy Effects for a total of 10 years. This is where he found his passion and niche as a painter and honed his skills.
Derek has painted characters for many blockbuster films including Avengers, Iron Man, Captain America, X-men, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Pacific Rim, among others. He strives to create art of the highest caliber and is fulfilled in doing so.