Recently completed painting for an upcoming project to be published by Goodman Games next year. 11×14 acrylic on panel. The dead astronaut is a subject I seem to be asked to return to again and again — years ago I did a similar drawing in BW ink. These days I’m trying to up my acrylic skills and I seem to end up attempting every painting 2 or 3 times — the first and second versions are usually abandoned halfway through when it becomes clear to me that I am unhappy with what I have done so far and need to make changes. Sometimes the problems are technical (i.e.: a problem with the way the paint is applying to the surface) and other times it is aesthetic. Sometimes starting over is easier than fixing what was flawed from the start.
This small illustration was completed recently for a private commission. The client wanted a mythological creature for a book plate for her personal library – she left what to illustrate and how wide open, simply saying that I should pick some creature from fantasy literature/gaming that didn’t get the attention it deserved.
After mulling it over and flipping through various books about monsters (including the original Monster Manual), I settled on the Sphinx. Not only do I like the story of the riddle of the Sphinx, but I also thought it was a very good creature for a bookplate – books are like riddles and we have to read them to figure them out.
The name of the client was superimposed over the dark area of the rock and ground to the right of the Sphinx’s right leg and above her tail.
New thing I have been working on. Inks on Bristol — approx 14×22″
At Gencon 2019, Goodman announced that they would be publishing setting books for Fred Saberhagen’s “Empire of the East” books — and Goodman hired one of my art heroes, Ian Miller, to do the cover.
I’ve been working on the map for the book… a sample image from the margin of the map is below…
A couple of noodniks examining a mysterious artifact…
I’ve been out of town for about half the summer — attending conferences, funerals, birthdays and family reunions. While I have enjoyed the travel, I’ve missed being able to put quality time in the studio. Over the past couple of days I have been settling back into my work and it feels good.
Here is a work in progress for an upcoming Goodman Games Lankhmar book – a trio of slippery adventurers running from the city watch.
Recent work finished just before I pack my bags and head off to Indy for Gencon 2019. Gencon doesn’t officially start until Thursday, August 1st, but I will be rolling into Indianapolis on Tuesday (tomorrow) to help the Goodman crew set up the booth.
If you are going to be at Gencon, stop by the Goodman Games booth (#117 – same spot in the dealers room as last year I am told) and say hello. I can sign any books that have my work in them and I’ll have some original art for sale (including this drawing) plus posters and comics — I’ll have signed copies of my Dagon comic, Mother of Toads comic, People of the Pit comic and the my “Yellow Sign” comic.
Artists Peter Mullen, Doug Kovacs and Brad McDevitt (and maybe others?) will also be on hand for signatures and art sales as well as most of the writers and other usual suspects.
If the dealer hall ain’t yer style, I’ll probably be hanging most nights at “DougCon” (the unofficial con in the lobby/bar/dining area of Embassy Suites – starts around 8pm, no badges or tickets needed, just come and meet people or play games).
I just found the above comic (which I published in 2017 and originally sold for the princely sum of 4.00 usd) listed on Noble Knight for 25.00! I had no idea my comics were worth that much. I also once found one of my really early drawings from years ago on an auction site selling for an amount that was high enough to kind of surprise and flatter me.
If you come by the Goodman Games booth at Gencon (first weekend in August), I’ll be selling signed copies of “Dagon” (with better printing than the old yellow cover edition and with some additional pages), “The Mother of Toads,” “People of the Pit” and my new comic, “The Yellow Sign” for 8.00 each… plus I’ll have some posters and a lot of original artworks, color and black and white, originally published by Goodman and others.
Right now I’m in Bangor, Maine, about to head off into the black fly and mosquito infested woods for a week of camping so I will be off the grid for the next week or so.
A cover I completed a while ago for Old School Essentials.
portion of a recent work in progress. Drawn with pen and ink, then digitally composited and colored.