Wednesday, October 6, 2010

It's October...

and nothing says October like black cats and tentacles. A couple of new pieces, the first is for John Axel's anthology of cats and magic titled "A Spot of Bad Luck" The other is another Cover for Cubicle 7 role playing game based on the Laundry by books Charles Stross.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Knock, Knock...

another image to share, Done for my good friends over Elder Sign Press. I know, I know, kind of a different kind of illustration for me, right? No dragons, no zombies, no battles, no blood or guts, no good vs evil....the assignment was to make a steampunk- esque door holding out the icy cold. A much more difficult task then I at first thought it would be, because I had to create a door that was compelling enough that the viewer would want to know what was on the other side.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Honey West, take two

Revised cover for Honey West #3. You can see the original one here. I was kind of trying for mod/60's look in the first version, but the folks at Moonstone thought it looked more house wife, then mod....looking back at it, I would have to agree. Her is the new version with Honey West cat suited up, looking nothing like a house wife.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Midgard

cover for Midgard, part of Kobold Quartery's expansion of the world of Zobeck and bringing in the myths of Eastern Europe. Fun cover to do. I often trap myself into the rather stright forward/mid ground sort of perspective. In this case the giant forced me to choose a different angle and a forced perspective so that I could fit him into the image and still leave enough head room for a title and all of that.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Yes, I still love you

Yes were still besties, BFF, mejores amigos,meilleurs amis, It's just that I have been very, very, very, busy and I haven't had much time to keep up with my blog posts. Got lots of stuff in the works these days that I am dying to share, but most of it will have to wait until I get an ok from the clients-- However I do have a few piece I will be featuring here in the coming weeks. First up is another cover for the folks over at Absolute X-press. This for the novel Pandora's Box. A nice little post apocalyptic scene for our pre apocalyptic world......Stay tuned there is more coming very shortly..promise.


ugh,,,, the art directer I was dealing with at Absolute X-press left after approving this cover. The person taking over felt very differently and rejected it out of hand. No discussions,  no do overs, do not pass go and do not collect $200.-- Ouch

Saturday, June 12, 2010

I paint, that is what I do

Ok, so last week has involved lots of waiting. Waiting for images to be approved by publishers, waiting for art descriptions to be finalized and sent. So I can start work on them. Lots of work, just that it has all been in limbo land. So I took the opportunity to to do an illustration just for the fun of it. I mean, that's what I do, I paint. I have a lot of partially started bits and pieces of images that I had abandoned for one reason or the other. I started playing around with these, combining them in different ways trying different compositions with different elements, not with a final image in mind when I hit upon this this composition I knew that I had something that was cool and used my down time finishing it up. I am pretty pleased, I must say.

This piece has been pick up by the folks over at Kobold publishing for the cover of an upcoming RPG supplement.. I love a happy ending.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Ants in Space


Here is the other cover for absolute X-press, this one is for the novel, Futura. A kind of old fashion pulp sci-fi read. Lots of fun, giant insects intergalactic conspiracy and tons of action.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Mirror, Mirror

This is the cover for Absolute XPress flash fiction anthology "Inhuman" The stories are written from an inhuman point of view, but, the stories highlight humanity in some form or fashion. I was really trying to create a retro feel with this cover, like those from the 70's. a little looser, a little more impressionistic. But in typical fashion, I found it hard to leave things unresolved and had to fight from adding more and more detail... in the end I think the image is a little uneven. But I really enjoyed playing around with the theme.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Nymphs of Kracow

This is it, I just sent in the last images for last book in the Hiram Grange Chronicles...Kind of a cool symmetry in that it is almost two years to the day that I signed on to do the illustrations. This project was so unique, Not just because of the unusual raw gritty nature of the anti-hero, but also, because when I started doing the illustrations, the books where not even written and I was working from an outline. So that my illustrations, the look of Hiram, the mood, some the crucial scenes, all fedback into the writing of the books. It's is a rare opportunity for me to be a co-creator in something as cool as these book. Thanks Jake, Scott, Rob, Kevin, and Rick, these were a great group of authors to work with, and thank to Tim and Danny and everyone else at Shroud publishing for the great ride. I am proud to be a part of this project.

I am sure these are not the last images of Mr. Grange I will do. He has lots monsters to slay, confluences to close, revenge to wreak, absinthe to drink and opium to smoke before his adventures are done.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Black Bag Jobs

Still waiting on final approvals for this one. But, I think it's OK to share it. This is for the cover of Black Bag Jobs, and is a collection of adventures for the Laundry Files RPG. The game based on Charles Stross's series of Lovecraftian spy thriller novels. Had a lot of trouble with this image, in the end it had a real stagey look. Which isnt bad, but not what I had originally intended. Kind of has the look of one of those puzzle games, you know, where you have to locate a list of hidden items. Only here the list would include, dead body, Archaic text, blood stains, and tentacles....

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Feast or Famine

ah the life of a freelancer.One minute you sittin' around twiddling you thumbs, the next your overwhelmed with projects. I'm doing more Honey West stuff for Moonstone books. Plus the second cover to the space opera series, "In the service of the Empire" (cover to issue 1 is to the left). Doing 2 book covers for Absolute Xpress. Working on the last series of images for season one of the Hiram Grange chronicles. And I Just signed on to do some concepts for a little video game start up, And believe it or not I'm doing a series of comic fan commission. Been a long time since I've been hired to do any supper hero stuff. Should be lots of fun!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Not your Daddy's Werewolfs

I don't quite, exactly have, you know, for sure permission to post more of these images. But, the director said that he like the last post, so I thought I might go ahead and share another concept piece I did for film prospectus of Hunted. As I said in the last post, these are not you daddy's werewolves. More to come (I hope) soon.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Werewolves

While back I mentioned that I was doing some illustration work for a Film Prospectus. The movie is a horror-action feature film project called HUNTED. I designed some concept artwork to help pitch to investors and I have been given permission to give just one small peek at the work done for the film. This is not your teen romance werewolf story, nor is it another version of the wolfman. This is a very original reinvention of the werewolf and it was really cool to be able to work on the look of the creatures.... These are graceful powerful creatures a real departure from the underworld howling monstrosities. Wish I could tell you more, but, you'll all have to wait a little longer.....

Friday, April 16, 2010

Remember those 7-up ads from the 70's?

some how this reminds me of those, though, maybe not so psychedelic. This bacchanalian image was originally for Kobold Publishings' RPG supliment called "The Green Gods" but when the project got shelved they decided to use it for the cover of Kobold Quarterly #13.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Catch the curve of your leather heel...

Miss Emma Peal. Well actually in this case it Honey West. Who was the Emma Peal before there was an Emma Peal.Here is the third cover for the Honey West comic book for the folks over at Moonstone Books. I believe that issue one is about to hit the stands...

Friday, March 26, 2010

Zombie Hunter


So I have been looking at a lot of Jeffery Catherine Jones works and her nude studies are gorgeous. So I thought why don't I ever do something like that, but as I played around with the image something went terribly, terribly wrong,.....for gods sake when am I ever gonna act my age.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Working in the Killer Robot Factory

those following this blog will remember the project that got canceled when I was about half way through it. Well, I have been in talks with the publishers (and no I am not naming names, the days when I would gleefully burn my bridges behind me are long gone. ) at any rate I have been released from the NDA agreement or at least in part. While I can not discuss the project I'm free to show and use the images in my portfolio and for self promotion. So don't ask, cause I can't tell you and if I did tell you I would have to kill you any way

I'll be posting more soon.....

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Dinner and a Movie

Here is something a little different, well, it is sci-fi themed so it might not appear that strange or out of place on my blog. What make it particularly different is that it is an illustration for a cultural online publication called Zero Point that is suposed to be launched sometime late spring or early summer. It covers trends in society and technology . This image was done for an artical on the future of entertaiment.... I was pretty much given free rain on the illustration, just told to make it fun and out there.....

Monday, March 15, 2010

Li'more Hiram Grange stuff

I thought all you fans of the Scandalous Hiram Grange might enjoy seeing the interior illustration for the up coming Hiram Grange and the Digital Eucharist. I originally choose a scenes from the front and back of the book for the interior illustrations and The cover would also be a scene tword the back of the book. But it became quite obvious as I was working on the images that the illustration from the front of the book had to be the cover. The problem with that is the two interior illustrations would then both be toward the back of the book separated by only a few pages--not good. So I had to work up a fourth illustration.thinkof it as a bonus illustration....

Monday, March 1, 2010

Let just say Hiram's had better days!

Cover for the next installment it the Hiram Grange chronicles--"Hiram Grange and the Digital Eucharist" by Rob Davies and published by Shroud Publishing.

This was image was originally intended to be an interior illustration, but as I worked on it it became clear that this had to be the cover. The image was a real challenge. I just could not come with a way to stage it... In the end I think that it turn out not only to be the best thing I've done for HG, but one of the best things I've ever done.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

when the world goes mad, it's time to get your Geek on!!

Here is a cover I just completed for the fine folks over at Cubicle 7 Entertainment Ltd. It's for a licensed game based on an X-Files/Cthulhu mythos/espionage novel series. Not sure if I'm allowed to say much more then that. In addition to the cover, this image will be one of four images that make up a single scene that will be used for the gamemaster's screen-- should be pretty cool.

But before I can do that it's time to return to the scandalous Mr. Hiram Grange!!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Hot off the press....


still have a few tweaks, but here is the cover for Kobold publications Sunken Empires. I'm really happy with this one. Architecture and perspective are a bit of an Achilles heal to me and so this image was quite a challenge. To get the full effect I would urge you to listen to Steve Vai's For the Love of God. I played that over and over while creating the image.....

Monday, January 11, 2010

Zombies and Vampires all in a days work....













most of everything I'm working on these days is sealed up and locked away under NDA's with do not open until the end times written all over them. But I have just done a couple of covers for Elder Signs Press that I can share. This First is for a Stewart Sternberg's novel The Ravening. The other is for a Vampire novel. It was a last minute pick up project and I don't know the name of the book or the Author. I will post and update when I find out.