Thursday, April 28, 2011

Cowboy Dan

I know, I know I had said that I was going to post the rest of the images I did for Black Gate Magazine #15. But I thought I would mix it up a little,,, a little change of pace. I actually started this image some time ago. It was shortly after the Golden Compass came out (whats was that, like  3 years ago?). I loved the images of the girl riding on the back of the armored Lorek Byrnsison in the poster for the movie. I wanted to do something along the same vein,,, but work came up and I was forced to put the  image aside and only rediscovered the image a short time ago. This time I couldn't resist it and had to finish it up,,,of course now its just begging for a story to go along with it.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Gifts of Li Tzu-Ch'eng

Hmm, I believe I had promised to post some more of the images I had done for Black Gate #15. But as usual some shiny object came rolling by and I got distracted.  But I am back on point and here for your viewing pleasure are the illustrations  for "The Gifts of Li Tzu-Ch'eng" by Derek Kunsken . I loved this story. I dont want to say anything that might give it away, but, It's a quiet story, most of it revolves around conversations between two character, these take place over years, while most of the action take place off stage, as it were. But the action is not the point of the story, no the point is destiny and fate and love.

I got a couple more to share,,,,, will be posting them soon. I promise

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Eating Venom


 Since we're talking about Black Gate this might be a good time to share some of the interior illustrations Ive been doing for the up coming issue. Typically I do my illustrations for them in color even though they are to be printed in black and white. Then I convert the image to gray scale, and re-work it to give it that old fashion pen and ink feel. The idea being they have a color version for their web site and a black and white version for print. I know it sounds like a lot of work, but, John O'Neil, the publisher, has been such a supporter of me and my art over the years that I figure doing a little extra is the least I could do

the illustration here is for the story 'Eating Venom' by Harry Connolly.  Harry describes the story as one of " outright bastards, flagrant lies and manipulation, decent people trapped by honor and expectation, magical elements that are largely back grounded for human conflicts, screwed-up social/political structures, bitter resentments, and much stabbing with sharp pieces of metal" It was a good read and  fun to illustrate. 

Ill be posting more of my stuff for  Black Gate  #15 over the next few days,,,,,

Friday, April 1, 2011

Extra, Extra



It seems John O'neil over at Black Gate Magazine noticed that Kobold Quarterly had picked up the Golden Dragon piece for their fall issue cover. And while I don't know that it is really "front page" news, I do appreciate the shout out. I am scheduled to do the cover for Black Gate #18 and had first showed john the image as a potential cover. But because John likes the covers to fit an over all theme of the the stories within the magazine he felt this image was too specific and didn't work with the stories already lined up for the issue.  But as luck would have it the image was perfect for Koblods articles on pathfinders Jade Regents. Happy ending for everyone.