Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Long time no post

wow--I cant believe that it has been over two weeks since I last posted anything. This has been one hell of a month. I have been nearly crushed by work. In fact there was a point when I was afraid I would not be able to meet all the deadlines, but as the work load is beginning to thin out some and I can see light at the end of the tunnel I think I am going to make it. One of the more exciting project I have been working on is a bunch of concept images and a poster for Inside Films. Right now the NDA agreement prevents me from sharing any of the stuff I am doing for them, but, I hope to be able to show some of the images in the near future. I can however share the cover for the Secrets of Morocco I painted for Chaosium books. They have posted it on their site so I assume it is ok to show it off. Will Jones, the art director, loves to pack in as many details as possible. It is always a challenge to fit in all the elements he has asked for.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Shroud Magazine

A trio of horrors that will be appearing in the next issue of Shroud Magazine . I have never thought of myself as an artist of horror and the macabre, But, over the last year I have been commissioned to do more horror images then in all the previous years I have been illustrating combined-- mostly zombies, Lots and lots of zombies. I wonder if we are going through a sort of zombie revival or if they have always been popular and I just failed to notice them, lurking in the shadows. In the past, I was never too keen on zombies-- too dim witted I guess.But the more I draw and paint them, the more sympathy I have for the recently dead and their hungers-- at the very least I empathize with their dogged determination.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Night's Rose

This the image I did for Annaliese Evans web site promoting her Urban Fantasy book, Night's Rose (Tor/Forge). It is the first book in a trilogy reinterpreting the Briar Rose story..... But, make no mistake this is not your mommy's Disney fairy tail--
I must say she was a pleasure to work with. It can be difficult working directly with authors, without an art director. Sometimes the author has such a vivid image, and such a passion for their creation and since I can not get into their mind, it makes it almost impossible to please them. Believe me, I understand the love and connection an author might have for his creation, but there has to be room the artist creativity and interpretation as well.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Where do you get your Ideas?

I have been asked this a lot lately-- Obviously when I do commissioned work the ideas come from the story, or the publishers, or the authors. There is often a discussion as to what would be the best scene to illustrate, and sketches and approvals and all that.
When I am just drawing for fun the ideas can come from anywhere-- Movies, books, myths, stories that I have written or they just spring from my head. But, sometimes I do an image as a test, to see how my skills have advance, just to see if I am able to do it. The Gladiatrix image (the image that tops my blog) is one such example. I wanted to do an image with a kind of sensuality and the exotic feel that recalled the orientalist painters (in particular Jean-Leon Gerome ). Over the years I have revisited this theme again and again-- and again and again I failed. With this version I think that I have come very close. To date it is my favorite image.

The image in this post another such example. Perspective is my Achilles heel. so I wanted to challenge myself by doing an image with a relatively complex perspective, plus I have always wanted to do a monster smashing up a city.There are a few problems with the perspective that I could not get quite right, but over all I am happy with the results.