Monday, December 28, 2009

Spectrum 17

Well, it's that time of year and I'm going through my work from 2009, trying to decide what I might want to submit to Spectrum 17. I must say I'm a bit nervous, having been accepted last year (the first year I ever sent work in) I will be quite disappointed if this year if I don't get in....but the competition is crazy hard, featuring loads of, well, fantastic art, including the likes of Jon Foster, Greg Manchess, Paolo Rivera and Adam Hughes, so it's best not to get my hopes too high.


The above piece, alas, is not eligible, as work submitted must be from 2009 and this piece was done a couple years before. I just found it as I was going through my stuff and felt that it needed to be featured some where....The piece is inspired but not based on Tolkien story Luthien and Beren.... Now that I don't have a gallery type web site I really don't have a place to feature my older work. I really have to set aside some time and get a new site up. Even with my blog here, how many people want to slog through entry after entry to view my art. It's a bit tedious even to me. This will have to be one of my priorities in the new year.

Monday, December 21, 2009

More fun then a barrel full of Hitlers

Thought you all might want to see the cover to the next book in the Chronicles of Hiram Grange. Hiram Grange and the Twelve Little Hitlers by Scott Christian Carr. Watch out for this Hiram guy cause he's gonna be a rock star!!! Below is the art without text

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

What goes together better then Babes, Guns and Noir?

How about Babes, Guns and Noir and a pet ocelot! The adventures of Honey West continue in the ongoing series of comic and pose books published by Moonstone Books. This is the second Honey West cover I've done for Moonstone. You can find the first cover here along with the rundown on the series and you can look for more in the coming months.

Monday, December 7, 2009

who the hell invited these guys

Hirams coming out party--Just my way of celebrating the publication of the first book in the Chronicles of Hiram Grange...

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Sh*t Happens

Ugh! one of my projects has been canceled-- just like that.... well not quite, first the publishers stopped answering my e-mails, then this morning I got notice to stop all work on the project and that they were sorry and blah, blah blah...and though I received a small advance, it in no way compensates me for the amount of work I did for the project. It is one of the down sides of working with small press publishers. Some are kind of fly by night operations. However, I work for a lot of little guys--small press publishers of books and magazine, comics games and small independent film and video game studios--and most are hardworking and creative operations putting out great products in an incredibly hard market, run by people who really love the genre. *Sigh* At any rate, thought you might enjoy seeing one of the images I did for them, 'cause, I guess they belong to me now.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Black Gate Magazine


The Black Gate Magazine blog has a nice little write up on Spectrum 16 and the cover. I did for them. John O'Neil, the big cheese over there is a great guy and always such a pleasure to work for.

And speeking of Black Gate below is an illustration I just finished for issue 14 for a story written by Ron Roth. One of the more challenging aspects of illustration is illustrating for a quite story with out a lot of action. Ron's story, " La Senoro Del Oro" is told through a series of letters and the suspense was built through the slow changes in the personality of the main character through his letters....... I think my goal, as an illustrator is to create an image that makes the viewer wonder what is going on, to create some kind of intrigue. A story illustration should be an open question that can only be answered by reading the story.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

when the dead rise leave it to the professionals

This is a concept piece done for Condition Dead. It was conceived and written by Dave Davis (of C.H.U.D. fame) and is currently in the works as both a movie and graphic novel to be released some time in 2010. I came into the project pretty early (back in 2008 when it seemed all I was doing was illustrating zombies) and it looks like much has changed since I did my illustrations for the project so I don't think I would be giving too much away with one little sneak preview.........

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Hiram Grange is in the House

its been a long time comin'. Ive been talking about this project for well over a year and a half and now, at last, the first book in the Hiram Grange series is on its way. As I have said before some projects are just jobs that I can pay the mortgage, put food on the table, but their are other project that I feel privileged to be involved with and Hiram Grange has been such a project. The stories are very visual, very raw, blending humor and horror, supernatural monsters, hot chicks, and secret conspiracies into an action packed ride...... Hang on 'cause it gonna be a bumpy ride!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Well boys and girls

this is it, and it's been a long time coming, But DK2G has finally released the second image I did for them. DK2G is a high end clothing company based in Brooklyn better known as Deth Killers of New Brunswick (You can get the whole back-story here, here, and here). This is probably the most complex image I have ever done. With well over 300+layers, composing the image was kind of like stage blocking a play.... I was constantly moving elements around the canvas, pulling them forward, pushing them into the background, shifting them from stage left to stage right. taking some out and creating new ones to add in. This did create some problems with the lighting and perspective, but overall I am very happy with the results. There are all kinds of little ester eggs hidden in the image including tributes to Don Lawrence, Normal Rockwell, Star wars, the avengers and even Akira Kurosawa.

While working on this image I was constantly listening to the music of Ozomatli. In particular their song "Saturday Night". If you want to get the full impact of the image I would suggest playing the tune while viewing.....


Sunday, November 1, 2009

Neptune City Narratives

Here is a little taste of the stuff for D3 games. Based on Elliott Davis' superhero world of Neptune City Narratives. while most comic book worlds seem to assume all heroes are stationed in New York, Neptune City Narratives explores a super hero universe where each state of the USA has a dedicated super-hero. This image is of Arizona.

I haven't done much in the way of super hero illustration. Just a few fan commission here and there.... I grew up reading comics and I really enjoyed creating the images for Neptune City Narratives.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Self Portraits


I've never really considered myself a photo realistic painter. But over the last few years, I have found that my rendering styles have moved in that direction. So much so that I wondered if I would have the skills to paint directly on a digital photo. As an experiment I took two self portraits and and Painted over them to create these sci-fi images. Kind of silly, I know.... But it was fun.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Holy Crap!!

Geocities is closed!! man where have I been. I just went to check on my site only to find that as of 10/26/09 Yahoo is no longer offering free hosting services and closed it down...... wow, it is the end of an era. Not sure if I am going to set up a home page somewhere else, stick with yahoo (doubt it) or just not bother with a home page. The one advantage of a home page is that you can set your art up in galleries for easy viewing, while here a visitor has to scroll though endless entries

--- got some thinking to do.

Monday, October 19, 2009

The Black Parade

This the cover for the the Imperial principalities of the Elders published by Kobold quarterly, hitting your local hobbies shops next week. Man-o-Man this was a fun cover to do. It was not supposed to be a wrap around, but I was bad--very bad. I got an idea and just sort of ran with it--Inspired by artist like Brueghel, Durer and Rathel's images of death and the four horsemen of the apocalypse-- Death rides in the foreground upon a desiccated horse, in his wake skeletons and the recently dead rise and dance. At the far left edge a devil/goat headed creature dances too, wanting to claim it's share of souls. In the back ground, mounds of bone go off into the distance with a parade of soldiers, lead by a court jester and a group of hooded figures carrying a dead knight. Still further back we see a castle and hovering/ super imposed over the scene a plaintive angle and below her the other horsemen of the apocalypse. Down below we see a huge gathering of soldiers on the vast plain of Armageddon waiting for the final battle as the sky fills with dark ominous clouds....

Friday, August 28, 2009

A diffrent kind of painting

wow... for the first time in a long time I find myself with out a project.... kind of scary! But, even more scary is the list of chores that I have been putting off because of my overloaded work schedule..... Looks like I'm going from painting dragons and such to painting the front hallway.....
......But I cant very well post an image of our front hall (it's just not that interesting) so here is a piece I did for the Warlords ccg from Phoenix interactive. This image is soooo close to being great, but ultimately it fails. Mostly the problem is that the assignment was to do 3 illustration in one panoramic battle scene . Each of the three had to be able to stand on it's own and apart from the rest of the image for a card illustrations ( the guy riding the wave on the left, the fight on the deck of the ship and the female on the right calling the charge). This created multiple points of focus to the image so that there is no real flow to the image... instead the eye just bounces around from point to point not knowing where to look-- and the "headlight" lighting of the image also contributes to making it a confused jumble of activity. Some day I will come back to this image and work on the lighting and focus and make it the great piece it should be.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

I give you Honey West

Think equal parts Marilyn Monroe, Emma Peal and Mike Hammer. She first appeared in the 1957 book This girl for hire and went on to appear in 10 more books from 1958 to 1971, and then popped up in a short-lived TV series (produced by Aaron spelling) in the mid-sixties staring Anne Francis-- One of the first TV shows to feature a lead female in the pre-feminist area. Now she will be making her appearance in a series of Comic Book mini series published by Moonstone Books.

This is the first of four covers I done for the series (I will be sharing the other as they get closer to publication) The trick for me was in giving her a slightly more contemporary feel while paying tribute to her past incarnations.


Friday, August 21, 2009

a day in the life

typical day in here at hanged man studio... image really does not do justice to my studio space both in terms of its size or the level of mess that fills it.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Here be Dragons

My niece (she's 10) and I have spent a great deal of time this summer discussing dragons. Making up thier ecology, systematics, and behaviors. And of course we have been drawing them as well. I will have to get her permission to share her drawing, but, here are a few of my concepts.

Friday, August 7, 2009

old friends

Did you every have one of those friendships that you thought would last forever. But as you grew you found that you spent less and less time together and the time you were together you kind of felt that you would rather be someplace else. Meeting for a cup of Joe, trying to think of something to say......... Well that is kind of what my relationship with AEG was like. At one time they were not only my biggest client, comprising most of my work, but, I also had close friendships there. But as time went on the staff changed and for my part, after doing hundreds of ccg illustration I found it more and more difficult summon inspiration and so I put less and less effort into my images. And as other work took precedence and filled my work schedule I took fewer and fewer pieces until at some point I stopped doing any work for them.

I hadn't even really thought about it until today when I got an e-mail from a former employee and I remembered just how important AEG was to my earlier career. I will always be grateful to them for the opportunities they gave me.

I suppose one of these days I should give them a call and see if they would like to get together for a coffee or something--

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Influences

Any day my work is compared to Elmore or Parkinson is a good day. Both these artist played a role in the development of my style and love for fantasy illustration. But, my earliest art influence came comic books and artist like Berry Windsor smith and Bernie Wrightson, Jeffrey Jones and Neil Adams. Man, these guy's art was like noting else I had ever seen. So different from the steroid superheroes of Kirby and his imitators. To this day my favorite book covers are the half dozen or so Tarzan covers that were done by Neil Adams. I would urge any who love fantasy art to find them, they are absolutely amazing......
soon after that I discovered Art Nouveau, the Orientalists and Pre Raphaelites --are all very strong influences on my art, both in terms of style and what I like to paint. I think that that is what makes my art a little un-hip. Every now and then I try to create something a little more cutting edge, but it usually fails. I comfort my self by the notion that as styles and tastes continually cycle some day me and my art will be hip--providing I live that long.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Price of Two Blades

A a few weeks back I promised that I would show you the other story illustration I was doing for Black Gate #14. This one is for a story by Pete Butler titled "The Price of two blades". Just like the other illustration I did for the magazine this image will be printed in black and white.
to tell the truth I do not do too much black and white interior work any more. In general, I don't like doing black and white work as it almost takes me as long to do a black and white piece as a color of the same size and complexity, while only paying a fraction. I do make some exceptions, depending on the project, the publisher or the people involved. Black Gate is one of those special cases, because I like the magazine and feel proud to be a contributor and because of my long relationship with John O'neil, the Editor, who I think is a great guy!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Kobold Magazine 10

Here is the cover to Kobold 10, coming out in just a few weeks. I figure it might be good to try and hype the magazine a little by previewing the cover--

I also did an interior illustration in the magazine for a clever article about Dwarves, drink and the Goddess of Ale.

I have few other things that I am doing for Kobold that I hope I will be able to show very soon--
I have just finished doing the cover and a few interior illustrations for Imperial Principalities of the Elders -- think memento morti, think the the triumph of death, the four horsemen of the apocalypse, think of a wrap around cover- think OMG! And I am currently working on the cover for "The Green Gods" this one is kind of tough in that the gods mentioned in the title are to be naked and featured prominently on the cover....... I really hate the old "leaves strategically place" thing, so I am not sure how I am going to stage this one. It looks as I will also be doing the cover to The Kobold Bestiary and a calendar piece as well..... these guys keep me busy.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Mist beyond the circle

It will be a while before this hits the printers but here is a little something I worked up for Black Gate magazine #14. It is an illustration for a story by Martin Owtin. It was a great read. The image will be printed in black and white, but I went all out on the image doing it as a full color painting. They will be using the color version of the image on the web site and in other web promotions. I'm doing a second illustration for the issue as well-- I'll share that with you soon.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Buckaroo Bonzai

This is the cover for the upcoming Buckaroo Bonzai Comic--HARDEST OF THE HARD, "The Ballad of Lady G"-- a little something I have been working on for Moonstone Books. I was thrilled with the idea of the doing the cover as a movie poster. I have always wanted to try my hand at doing a Drew Srtuzan like illustration and given the chance I went all out with the concept. Look for at soon in your local comic book stores.

I have signed on to do more covers for Moonstone, starting with covers for Honey West-- a hot, gutsy, kick ass, detective from the 1960's. Doing retro, film noir, action is a whole new kind of illustration for me and I am really looking forward to it....... should very be cool

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Yikes

I can't believe that it is the last day of May.... I have been soooo distracted this month. I've got a full work load, doing cover work for Moonstone books, and Boondangle Press as well as interior illustrations for Kobold Quarterly and Black Gate Magazine and you guessed it they are all due at the same time, the first week of June.

However, I cant let May slip by with only one post so here is a little something that you all might enjoy. Until just a couple of years ago no one had even seen one of these creatures alive. I love the idea of these incredible animals, as alien from surface fauna as any extraterrestrial creature, lurking in the ocean depths.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Ice Storm of 2013, Roosevelt Island

This is one of two images I did for DETH KILLERS of BUSHWICK, a high end clothing company based in Brooklyn. They approached me almost a year ago (man, time goes fast) They were doing a limited edition series of 10 illustrated and digitally printed t-shirts, inspired by the sci-fi book covers from the 80s and 90s (You can get the whole back-story here, and here). I loved working for these guys and loved the project. It was epic in scope, more akin to doing large murals then anything else.

The above image is one of the first 5 shirt designs that have officially been released to the press as part of volume 1 (though the first shirts will not be available until July). Visit their web site to see the other shirts that will be included in volume 1. The second image I did for them will be released at a later date and is currently under lock and key. Not sure when that is going to happen-- as they are launching 2 shirts at a time while previewing a few future releases-- maybe some time around the end of summer-- You will just have to hang on, but I promise you it will knock your socks off...

Monday, April 20, 2009

Death Waltz in Chiba City

Here is another image for my sci-fi portfolio.This time I was evoking the "Nuromencer, cyberpunk, blade runner, street samurai" theme. I'm doing some pretty rapid posting these days, I wish that I really produced work at this rate, but in reality these images have taken quite a bit of time, as I've dabbled with them between paying projects and it just so happens that they have all reach a point of completion at around the same time. I usually have about a dozen or so images and projects on the back burner at any one time, most never get finished and get pushed out as new ideas or insperations compete for my little free time to work on my own stuff. I have several more sci-fi themed images I would like to finish up in the next couple of weeks , but I am not sure how much time I will have to spare....... stay tuned.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Medea

As you know from previous posts I am featured in Shroud #5, along with the cover there is also an interview and examples of my art on the inside of the magazine. Well, Tim Deal, the publisher at Shroud, gave me the back cover for a full page ad!! I was not sure what to do with it--Tim suggested that I take a piece of art I like and just put my contact info on it and I had been working on this Muchaesque image of Medea and thought that the back cover would be a great showcase for it...... Of course I had to adapt it for the size requirements of the cover. Below is how it will appear on the magazine.

In case you don't know starting with issue #6 Shroud magazine is going to be carried in Barns and Noble stores, which is extremely cool, but I cant help but wish that national distribution had began one issue sooner -- It would be nice to have my cover in book stores across the country-- C'est La vie



Friday, April 10, 2009

Battle for Earth

Here is the second sci-fi image in my effort to expand my portfolio with some hard sci-fi images (the first is two posts down). Not a bad first effort at this kind of thing, though, I think that my over dependence on line art gives it more of a comic book feel--not that there is anything wrong with comic book illustration, it's just not what I had envisioned when I started. However, in terms of my goal to pad my portfolio with a hard sci-fi I think it is a success and definitely a departure from most of the sci-fi work I have done in the past, which typically been in the realm where sci-fi overlaps with fantasy. Like this illustration inspired by Edgar Rice Boroughs the Princess of Mars, which is more fantasy then sci-fi.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Hall of the Mountian King


I see that Wolfgang Baur, over at Kobold has posted these so I guess that I can share them ---a couple of cover Pieces I did for their upcoming publications "Hall of the Mountain King" and "Iron gazeteer". I also just finished up the cover for Kobold quarterly #10-- and man, I am soooo thrilled with how it turned out, I begged Wolfgang to let me share it, but he wants to wait since the issue will not be out until Summer....... If your not familiar with Wolfgang, there is a great interview with him over at Lou Argresta's RPG Agression. You should check it out. He is a great guy and a pleasure to work with and one of the great names in table top gaming.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Church of Quantum Teleportation

I do not get to do much sci-fi. Most of my work is in the worlds of fantasy and horror. That means my portfolio is very thin when it comes to hard sci-fi work and clients looking sci-fi piece tend to pass me by with -- "Love your work, but not quite what we are looking for"-- Well, rule # 4 of my book on how to be a successful illustrator (which I intend to write as soon as I'm a success) will state that "the client wants to see work that demonstrate that you can do what they need done." So if you want to do a sci-fi illustration you can't show them an image of a barbarian chick on the back of a dragon. No mater how good it is, it still not a space ship--apples and oranges my friends, apples and oranges.
With that in mind I have been playing around with a few sci-fi images between paying projects. This one is based on a story , nothing fully formed, just an idea--The technology of quantum teleportaiton is at the base of an intergalactic religion. In the process of scanning the original person they are rended apart, shredded down to the atomic level. When the replecant person is created at the other end of the transmission they are, in effect, "born again". Making teleportation a form a baptismal and the teleportation halls grand cathedrals ----

Friday, March 27, 2009

Zombie Nation

This image was inspired by a young woman I passed while walking down the street. She was dressed in a black t- shirt and black knee high leggings and pink converse tennis shoes. She sported a baseball bat over her shoulder and a walk that warned against anyone messing with her. Don't know where she was going or coming from, but, she had a kind of retro/vigilante/superhero feel about her. Her shortish hair covered much of face, so I could not really see her features that well, but I made contact with her one visible eye and it told me she knew that she was hot and that I was definably not in her league. Wow, I thought, I want to be with her when the Zombies attack......

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

whoohoo

Just found out my art was selected to be included in Spectrum 16. The Spectrum books are an annual showcase of some of the best artwork in fantasy, sci-fi and horror of the year-- edited by Cathy and Arnie Fenner. It is pretty cool to have my art along side of artist like Brom, Eggleton, Giancola, Huges, Kaluta and Martiniere (just to name a few)--and congrates to all the other artists whoose work was selected as well--


4/12/09-- update

up until today I was not sure which images I sent in were to be including, only that I was on the list of artist whose work will be included in the volume. The official notification letter came today and of the three images I submitted only one was accepted-- Gladiatrix (the image at the top of this blog). The other pieces were a Piece called Dragon Rider that was used for the cover of Kobold Magazine #8 (a gaming magazine, sort of a successor to DRAGON Magazine) and the third piece was done for a short story published in Polluto Magazine #2 by Adam Lowe called Zombie Love song. This was the first time I have ever entered and I only sent in three pieces-- sort of testing the waters… and while I am a little disappointed that the other two images did not get accepted I am thrilled to be included in the volume.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Shadowrun


here is a sneak peek at some illustrations for the 20th anniversary edition of shodowrun. These were really challenging assignments. First there was the aspect ratio of the images(1x3.2) Very long and narrow. Secondly the art descriptions had a ton of stuff going on in these images and since these illustration are to run across two pages anything in the middle would be lost in the fold of the book so no important elements could be could be in the center of the illustration making it hard to come up with a composition for the images that would work.

To tell the truth, I think Catalyst Games were a little less then pleased. Which is too bad, I really went all out on the images trying to put in all the elements that they wanted, but I think because of my lack of familiarity with the world of Shadowrun ( I know they have been around for years and yes I do live under a rock) my images don't mesh as well with the game. What I don't under stand is why more game publishers do not put together bibles of their game worlds that contained references, rules and special circumstances-- Wikipedia and Google images only help so much. WotC and AEG do this for their game lines and it is incredibly useful ( plus it makes the AD's life much easier). Otherwise, how's an artist know what is allowed or not-- the histories, technologies, creatures, and environments, or any other number of details that make up the very detailed and fully realized world of a game that has been around for such a long time. It's like shooting in the dark and in this case I guess I miss the target by a little.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Black Gate #13

Black Gate #13 is at press and is sporting a cover that will be familiar to any of those that have spent time here. I was very hesitant about using the Gladiatrix image because it would have to cropped down dramatically for the cover. But,John O'Neil (publisher/editor) was very enamored with the image and thought it would be perfect for the magazine--- In the end he decided to go with a wrap around cover, getting most of the image in--it is only the second wrap around cover they have done. I am extremely flattered as the back cover is usually prime real estate for ad space. John e-mailed me the proof for the cover and it looks very cool.

Black Gate is a great magazine, and not just because they publish my artwork. The stories tend to be more old style fantasy and sci-fi (think Fritz Leiber jr.) The kind of stories I grew up reading. I would highly recommend checking them out.

Friday, March 6, 2009

10 years of Illustrating

I painted the first image something like10 years ago. like many of my images it was born out of a story idea. I no longer remember the details, but it was called Home Sweet Home and something about a Man obsessed with homesteading in the west and after everything goes wrong, culminating in the death of his wife, he refuses to give up on his obsession.

And while it is not the best example of my art at that time, it is one of the first illustrations I sold. AEG bought the image for their Doom town ccg.

Now, as a sort of celebration of 10 years of illustrating I have revisited the image---- I am not sure if there are many other fields where you can measure your advancement in such a visual satisfying way. It has been a long road with many ups and downs and hours and hours of experimentation and failure and work to get to this point and there is still a long way to go as this is a life time pursuit-- my own obsession. And while I take a lot of pride in being self taught, it would have been a much shorter trip to get here with a few art and computer classes :>).

Monday, March 2, 2009

Seeing the light

This is kind of cool. Usually when I want to create rays of light I use the gradient tools, feathered selections and masks and while I have been able to get some excellent effects with it I just stumbled on to a rather neat trick. Some time ago I had created an armored angel, it was to be part of a larger image that I never got around to finishing. Just for fun I was messing around with the image, just experimenting with different filters and blending modes. When I put the angel through the motion blur filter and wow a "light" went off in my head. I did this several times to get various levels of blur placing some in layers above the Angel and some below, messed around with the color balance getting a realy nifty filter light pattern. I then constructed a rather quick back ground to place the angel in...... It has a slightly incomplete look to it and maybe I will come back to it and add more the image, but as an experiment in lighting I think it is a great success.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Dragon egg

well as usual everything I have been working is tied up in NDA's for the moment.... so to keep this blog moving here is something I have been playing around with. It started with yet again an other young adult idea, but I ended up showing showing way to much skin-- I have been meaning to come back to the image and make it a little more modest and finish up the back ground details some.

In other news I have signed up with Poetic License Printing to put my images on t-shirts- Their official site has not launched as yet.
They are trying to build up content to ensure that it is a fantastic launch. They have an other site (www.plasteredpoets.com) with some of our stuff, but it is not indicative of what we will have on the the new site which will be kind of like Cafe Press and Zassle only it will be purely comic book illustrators and the like. My images will be listed along side of people like Dave Hoover, Herb Trimpe, Peter Bagge, Dave Sim, the guys from Hard Case Crime Publishing (featuring their Pulp Fiction covers), Bob McCleod, Bob Burden, Armando Gil, Dave Simon, and the mighty Fred Hembeck, to name a few. Not bad company. So if you have been dying to have one of my images plastered across your chest, this is you chance.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Roskva at the end of the world

I was paging through a book of Norse mythology and came across the story of Pjalfie-- Thor and Loki visited the youth Þjálfi's family on their way to Jotunheimr, Þjálfi cut open the bone of one of Thor's butchered goats in order to get at the marrow (when Thor is hungry he can roast the goats that pull his chariot for a meal. When he wants to continue his travels, Thor only needs to touch the remains of the goats and they will be instantly restored to full health to resume their duties, assuming that the bones have not been broken). When Thor resurrected the goat, it could not walk properly. To atone for this, Þjálfi and his sister Roskva (Reap) had to serve Thor as his thralls. Now I have read this before, but somehow I had forgotten that his sister was also consigned to be thors servant as well. Beyond that there is no other mention of her.I Immediately thought her story was ripe for a series of young adult book that would followed her adventures. I love the idea of taking obscure characters from myths and stories and fleshing them out, telling the story from their point of view. It is, of course another project idea that will go unrealized-- Though I was inspired enough to do this concept image-- Thor, Loki, Pjalfie and Roskva, with a slight modern touch, especially loki who is a blend of ziggy stardust and elric.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Happy New Year-

and a happy birthday to me, or rather this blog--Studio Space. It has been a year since I started this thing. It was my hope to reach a larger audience, meet other artist, share the process of my work and thoughts and find new clients and in that since this little blog has been a great success. I have only been tracking the traffic through this blog for the last four months or so but it has been surprising with just under 3000 visitors in that time from all parts of the world. The kind and number of clients has changed over the last year, where as, I had been trapped in a role playing and collectible card game ghetto, last year I was able to break out doing concept work and posters for movies, and video games, book covers became a primary source of work, I got the chance to do comic book pin ups and covers, and illustrations for a high end clothing company. And this year looks to even be bigger and better.

I know what your thinking--who cares, I came here to look at some art.

well then here are a couple of sneak previews-- the first is for the cover for reprinting of Lucy Snyder's anthology SPARKS AND SHADOWS to be published by CGP, the second is cover for Elder Sign Press. I do not know the name of the book, but the working title of the image is Zombie city. It was hard to convey zombies from such a distance. What I was going for was to have the mob thin out as it got closer and larger so that we can start to pick out the zombies - with groups attack individuals and cars, with the closest group looking up toward us, the viewer, as if they have seen us looking down on them--- the idea was to draw the viewer into the image....