Tuesday, February 26, 2008

NDA's

There is light at the end of the tunnel. I have just about finished up this back log of work. This has been a very rough month with so many small projects. Most of the work that I'm doing now, I can't show because of NDA's, However I can share this little piece. This is an illustration for a novella I am writing --tentatively called "What has been sung"-- To tell the truth, I am a terrible writer and almost never finish anything. But my stories often inspire some of my favorite artwork.

Friday, February 22, 2008

The final Frontier

I used to do all my illustration work in watercolors. And while I will always love watercolor painting, it has it's limitations. It just is not the medium for painting intergalactic images of nebulas, space ships and such. There is a whole new frontier of illustration open to me now that I am working on the computer. This is my first space painting and in all modesty aside --It blows me away.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Pallid Light

Second cover for Elder Sign Press . It is a modern/zombie/undead novel titled PALLID LIGHT. The assignment was to have undead in the foreground, pallid lighting, and the unnatural lightning strike, with a rural town in the distance. I started with Grant Wood's American Gothic in mind and kind of let the image build itself from there. It was fun to do. Both the images I have done for Elder Sign Press have been very different from my usual type of work. No Dragons or warriors. Not in some distant mythological past, but set in the present day. I hope to do more of this kind of work.


a little update here-- the Art director thought that the image was too light and that the town in the background would be competing with the title. I played around with the lighting, making the image darker and darker as it goes back to the small town in the background. He also thought that the second zombie was a little too animated. It is too bad. I put a surprising amount of work into making the composition and perspective work, getting all the elements in that the AD wanted. But, to tell the truth he was right and I think it is a stronger image.

This is the revised cover.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Pellucidar

I can remember, back in the 70's when I was a kid, I would just marvel at the covers of sci-fi and fantasy books. I would go the book store and stare at the images I found there-- So dynamic, violent, sensuous. It was there in the tiny section in the corner of the book store where my need to draw and paint was born.


This image is a kind of homage to those cover that inspired me so very long ago.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Encyclopedia of Cthulhu Mythos

this is to be the cover for The Encyclopedia of Cthulhu Mythos published by Elder Signs Press, Inc. I love doing tentacled creatures. I have a couple of more tentacled things I will be posting soon

I have a bunch more project to get through before the end of the month. Still waiting on the several large projects that I mentioned a few posts ago. In order to make a living at this I have to keep the work flowing almost constantly, like a shark I can't afford to stop moving. As frustrating as it sometimes may be, the truth is, I love doing this, , I love the pressure of the deadline and the hunt for new work, but most of all I love creating my images, telling the story with my pictures.I tend to work in a more free form organic way. I have a general idea of the image but no firm picture of what I want it to look like. Usually I start by creating a central character or object and build out from there. I often do very large and complex scenes involving multiple characters, and battles and I am often surprised by the direction and shape that my images take as they grow and expand across my canvas or computer screen.

Monday, February 4, 2008

...makes Malcolm a dull boy

as I said in my previous posts I have a bunch of small project that I am working through.... I'll be posting more soon.

-- Besides working for game, magazine and book publishers, I do a fair amount of work for individuals-- ccg and rpg players who want an image of their favorite character, aspiring authors who are writing a novel in need of inspiration for their story, screen writers that want concept images of their scripts. But this is the first time I have been commissioned to do a super hero image. He saw this image of batman and catwoman I did for my portfolio and wondered if I would be willing to do an image of Dark Phoenix of the X-men-- obviously I said yes!

Sunday, February 3, 2008

all work and no play....







It has been a few days since I posted any art--and this is, after all, an art blog. As I
mention in my last post that I am working on a bunch of small projects and I thought I would share some of that work, These two illustrations are for the The Rys Chronicles by Tracy Falbe published by Brave luck books. they are to be used as promotional pieces on the site and for advertising the books.

I have not colored the second image yet and will be doing that today or tomorrow.

Update-- here is the finished image. I had a hard time with her feet so in the end I resorted to the old "hide the feet behind a wall" trick. Overall I am pretty happy with the results.....