Friday, May 28, 2010

Busy month!

May was the busiest month in my professional career. A cover illustration for Metal, Magic and Lore, two spot illustrations for Dungeons & Dragons, and two Magic cards. My last deadline was today, so the finals were shipped yesterday. Whew!

I have two big jobs in June. One book cover for Sourcebooks, and one book cover for Night Shade Books, both in the historical fantasy genre. Dave Palumbo hired me for the Night Shade job. Apparently, in addition to being a fantastic illustrator, he works as an AD. I won't say much, but I'll certainly be using my collection of historical costumes. Stay tuned, because I'll post new work as soon as I am contractually allowed.

But today, it's about time I catch up on everything. Invoicing, banking, cleaning, priming canvases, blogging ...

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Hawk of May

Look what I found on Amazon. It's Hawk of May, published by Sourcebooks, and featuring my illustration! Its the story of Gawain, one of King Arthur's knights. On Wikipedia, I found an image of Gawain, as illustrated by one of my heroes, Howard Pyle.

I like having a (small) connection to Pyle. It makes me feel closer to the great ones.

Here's the process for my illustration, as seen in this old blog post.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Frank Frazetta

Frank Frazetta died today. If your worth as an artist is determined by the number of your imitators, he is surely unmatched in modern illustration.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Big-time reproduction for a big-time occasion

The piece I call Wind Spirits is the work that was accepted into Spectrum 17. I submitted it in the "Unpublished" category. None of my published work made it in this year.

The artists now need to submit high-res files. The files I create with my camera and lights are suitable for internet use and small prints, but for this occasion, I decided to get it right. Don Sigovich in Westport, Conn. does a phenomenal job of scanning and reproducing artwork. He does his best to match color and give his clients great prints. He's also a RIT grad. Here is the result of his process:

You can see that the resolution is pretty impressive. You can even see the canvas texture ...

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Not a screensaver.

I'm really not a fan of this comic strip series(to put it mildly), but today's was apt.