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…