In Fall of 2016 I was approached by art director Lauren Panepinto with Orbit Books to illustrate the cover of “The Dragon Lords: False Idols” by Jon Hollins, a sequel to the first book of this new series. I jumped for joy at the opportunity to not only get my foot into the door of the publishing industry with my first major book cover but also because I got to paint a really cool dragon. I’m happy to finally reveal this cover illustration to the public, the book will be available in Barnes and Noble along with all other major retailers on August 29th, 2017.
I will have prints of this piece for sale (both 11×14″ and large poster size 20×30″) at the various conventions I’ll be exhibiting at throughout the year so keep an eye on my upcoming convention schedule.
Official cover launch: http://www.orbitbooks.net/2017/03/07/dragon-lords-false-idols/
Amazon Pre-order Link: https://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Lords-False-Idols/dp/0316308285/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1490336004&sr=8-1&keywords=the+dragon+lords+false+idols
I’ve always been told that if I could bring my creature designs to life in the realm of 3D I would become an incredible asset to any art team, so I’ve decided to dive right in! This dragon bust sculpt was my first attempt at creating something in digital 3D and I must say, I highly enjoyed making it! I can’t wait to get some free time to develop my skills more in this program because I’ve found that it’s actually really fun and not this intimidating scary thing that I believed it be before trying it. Stay tuned for more 3D work from me!
Here’s my painting for the Hero week of Month of Love, my favorite character from one of my favorite book series. Arya Stark is officially the baddest she-wolf around, capturing my heart from the very first chapter of hers I ever read in Game of Thrones. Sometimes you are just passionate about something so much that you spend a whole day with no breaks crouched over your work until your damn arm hurts, pouring your heart into a piece. This is that piece for me, and I hope Arya kicks some serious butt next season in April.
Month of Love website: http://monthofloveart.com/
My parents received their beautiful copy of Infected by Art Volume 3 when I visited them recently and I was able to take a couple of pictures of it until I receive my own copy in the mail. The book feels great, the hardcover is of high quality and very sturdy with thick, colorful pages chalk full with great art. Earlier this year I was awarded first, second and third place in the public voting part of the submission process, and a fourth piece of mine “The Tombkeeper” was chosen by the respected jury to be featured in this book as well. It’s really neat that the three paintings that won the contest are all my own characters and monsters created for a book series project that has been in development for a long time. Oftentimes artists claim that they truly shine in their personal work that they do for themselves and I find that to be 100% true.
You can grab your own copy of the book at the link below, keep an eye out for these paintings of mine that I’m so honored to have included in such a great collection of art!
In first place, my painting “Gorgan – Lord of the Deep” took the win with a staggering 1,000 votes.
In second place, the public voted my piece “Vulcan the Terrible” as the winner.
In third place, my painting “Smoke” took the win in all of his fiery scaryness.
The fourth piece that was chosen by the talented jury to be included is my piece “The Tomb Keeper”, as seen below.
Every year on Self Portrait Day which is November 1st I like to play around with style and just have a ton of fun with mine, so this is the crazy one for this year. It’s been the year of the dragon for me with successes and paintings so I wanted to express that here instead of just painting my boring ol’ face. I like for my portraits to represent what I’m all about even if it’s unusual. The dragon wouldn’t sit still for this so it took FOREVER to paint.
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My contributor’s copy of Fury of Dracula was waiting on my table for me when I returned home from a trip in Denver, JUST in time for Halloween! Since this is the initial release/third edition of the game and not an expansion pack, Fantasy Flight Games sent me a full copy of the game so I can now play it with some friends. This project was the last one I did for FFG and the one I was most excited to be asked to work on. I had a lot of fun with it, got to paint some super creepy wolves as shown here. (I did not paint the cool looking Dracula on the cover, only the card) The game looks pretty fun too and is now available through Fantasy Flight Games and sold at a ton of retailers.
Here’s the full illustration I painted for the game:
HAVE A CREEPTASTIC HALLOWEEN FILLED WITH MONSTERS, EVERYONE!
I got a cool surprise in the mail today, a contributor’s copy of Call of Cthulhu: The Mark of Madness that I did some work for a while back. My favorite card that I did for this game is actually featured on the back of the box which is just too cool! Attached is a picture of the box that shows my card on the bottom left, and a picture of the two cards by themselves that I painted for this edition. All of this is copyright Fantasy Flight Games 2015 and the game is now available for purchase here: https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/news/2015/5/12/the-mark-of-madness/
I had a lot of fun with this, I love me some Lovecraft!
Also, in the spirit of Halloween here’s another recently released card from Fantasy Flight Games, you can check Baron Samedi out in the new expansion of Call of Cthulhu: The Thousand Young. Have a great October!
I accomplished a big goal of mine today. I walked into a Barnes and Noble bookstore, picked up the latest issue of ImagineFX, and opened it up to see my artwork featured on a double page spread right after the table of contents. Getting into that magazine has always been a huge goal of mine as an artist, let alone any kind of double page feature or “Artist of the Month” thing that’s on there.
It feels surreal and totally awesome. Also it was pretty freaking cool when the cashier saw the magazine and said “Oh I LOVE this magazine, are either of you guys artists?” with a huge smile on my face I got to respond with “Yeah, I’m an illustrator and I’m actually featured right here.” You can pick up the current issue of ImagineFX at local book retailers, the August 2015 one is the issue with my work featured.
I finished up a new Darth Maul piece called “Revenge” with a new style I’ve been playing with. This piece will be printed out in a limited run to be taken to Star Wars Celebration next week and given to actor Ray Park who played Maul in the Phantom Menace. (Along with any art directors I stumble upon!)
I’m pretty happy with how he turned out, and I’m realizing how much I love doing portraits. You’ll be seeing a lot more of this line-oriented style from me, so stay tuned!
Each one of my patrons on Patreon will receive a copy of this print in the mail as a gift from me because you guys rock.