Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Hiram Grange

I did not mean make my last post sound so glum. I mean things are really going quite well. In order to make a living at this illustration thing I do maybe 250 to 300 illustrations a year, and while some of the projects are just jobs to pay the mortgage and buy food, there are other projects that I am really excited about and feel privileged to be a part of. I think Hiram Grange is that kind of project-- it is visual, raw, gritty, violent, more then a little seedy, with supernatural monsters, hot chicks and very, very cool. I will be doing covers and a couple of interior illustrations for 5 novella length books to be published over the next six months. I will revel more details as the publishers release info on their site. Until then I will leave you with this image of Hiram......

Monday, May 12, 2008

Strange Horizons

I am this months featured artist over at Strange Horizons, a web based magazine of speculative fiction. If you have not spent any time there I would highly recommend doing so. I have been a regular visitor almost since their inception back in 2000.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Intruder

Cover for the novella Intruder by Cindy Little. Published by Shroud Publishing. The cover idea came from the publisher Tim Deal. It was a great idea and it makes a truly striking image. This is only the second project I have worked on with Shroud and I hope the beginning of a long relationship.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

I've gone viral


I got an e-mail from a nice fellow by the name of Rob Hood who said his wife had received my image of Tin Tin vs Alien in an e-mail. So he did some Google research and found me. Turns out he is a writer of speculative fiction from Down Under and he has a blog which specializes in giant robots, monsters and zombies (sounds like the start of a beautiful friendship). It is quite a fun read (and not just because he featured my art there)... so hop on over to Undead Backbrain give it a read--

Friday, May 2, 2008

Trickster, creator. messenger and carrion eater

My wife had a frame that she loved but had nothing to put in it. So I created this for her. The intent was to create an image with a sort of wood cut print feel to it. It will fit in our decor much better then a tentacle monster or barbarian babe slashing though a crowd of orcs. As much as I love fantasy, sci-fi and horror most of the things I create would not really work hanging above the fire place.

She (and I) really have an appreciation for crows and ravens. They are very intelligent and compelling Creatures with a complex social organization. It is easy to understand why they play such important roles in mythologies. From Norse mythology to Native American creation myths, to East Indian goddess--they are the givers of the sun, harbingers of death and rumor mongers. Claude Lévi-Strauss, the French anthropologist proposed a structuralist theory that suggests the raven obtained mythic status because he was a mediator animal between life and death. I not so sure about that --I just think they are cool.