Here are some shots from the Society of Illustrators Spectrum exhibit opening reception in New York last month. It was an honor to be included and most definitely a career highlight. Hopefully one of many to come! Be sure to check out this show. It runs until October 18th and is downright incredible.
Im very excited to share the great news that I will have work in the upcoming Society of Illustrators Spectrum Exhibition this coming Fall.
Approximately only 100 works (spanning all categories and media) were selected from the last five years of published Spectrum annuals for inclusion. The show runs from September 2, 2014 to October 18, 2014 with an opening reception on Friday September 12th at 6:30PM.
I am always thrilled and surprised if and when my work is chosen for inclusion in the published annual each year, but with this being a culmination of the last five I am honored to say the least. A HUGE thank you to the curators Irene Gallo, Greg Manchess, and Arnie & Cathy Fenner.
For more info on the show head on over to the Society's info page here.
Last Friday, August 8th the fine folks over at the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society were kind enough to invite me for a lecture/panel on my work, process, and current state of illustration today as it relates to the science fiction & fantasy genre in popular culture.
The lecture took place at U-Penn's historic International House on the main campus in the heart of University City. Some very cool history on the location...
For more than a century, International House Philadelphia has served the scholars of the world and the Greater Philadelphia community by providing engaging residential services and compelling arts and humanities programming, welcoming hundreds of thousands of people through its doors in the process. What began here more than 100 years ago as a belief that international understanding, cooperation, and friendship can develop one person at a time, has emerged as a celebrated world-wide movement.
Moving from the past and into the present, IHP is a thriving hub of activity: a home to hundreds of students and interns throughout the year, a destination for world-class arts and cultural programming, a facility for large-scale events, and a partner with many regional organizations, foundations, institutions, and businesses.
It was quite an eventful night with plenty of great discussion, interesting conversations, and fun had by all. The best part... even a few of my students and recent graduates showed up to hear me speak... Thanks for stopping by guys!
Christina and I will have work on display until August 15th at a center city pop up gallery on the corner of Broad and Walnut Streets in Philadelphia. There's a nice little write up about the exhibition over at Philadelphia Weekly's Philly Now website. Check it out and if your in the area stop on in and have a look!
Update (August 22): I just received word today that the show has been extended! I wasn't given a definitive end date but was told it will run well into the Fall. So if you haven't had the chance... head on over and check it out.
Update (October 11): The exhibition is still running!
In less than a week I'll be heading out to Kansas City MO for one of the best art and illustration shows of the year!
Join me and 200 artists May 9th, 10th & 11th in Kansas City for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 3. Spectrum is a three-day celebration of the best in fantasy, science fiction, horror, and comics art. You will interact with Traditional medium artists, Digital artists working in the Film, Animation, and Video Game fields, Sculptors, Cover Illustrators, Comics Artists, and more. Additionally, there will opportunities to attend workshops, live painting and sculpting demos, panels, meet art directors, conduct portfolio reviews and attend the Spectrum 21 awards ceremonies. If you enjoy my work and would like to experience a wide variety of what the field of fantastic art has to offer I hope you will meet me in Kansas City, May 9-11, 2014.
I'll be showcasing my work along with some 200 others amazing artists and will also have plenty of prints available for purchase. Stop on by adjacent booths 703 & 602 and say hello. I hope to see you there!
Facebook: Spectrum Fantastic Art Live
I'm thrilled to announce that three of my pieces were accepted into this years Spectrum 21! Thief of War, A Princess of Mars, and Swashbuckle Dom will all be included in the annual this fall. Every year I am blown away by the sheer number of AWESOME entries that are included, so it's always a feat just to have one piece accepted. Imagine my surprise when I found out that THREE of my works have been chosen. I am honored to say the least! A big thank you to the judges (Cory Godbey, J. Anthony Kosar, George Pratt, Shelly Wan, Allen Williams), John Flesk, the Fenners, and the entire Spectrum team.
I'm especially excited for my Thief of War piece as it was a commission for a really great tor.com short story by Beth Bernobich of the same title. A huge thank you to Irene Gallo for the opportunity and Art Direction on that one. Being as its such a great little story and featured in Some of the Best From Tor.com I'm so happy to see the illustration get a little bit of recognition from the art community as well.
This news couldn't come at a better time as I have just begun the planning for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live in May. I'm really looking forward to the show this year and can't wait to see everyone! Stop on by and say hello if your at the show. I'll be in adjacent booths 602 & 703. Hope to see you there!
A cool little trailer for The Eidolon by Libby Mcgugan which I had the pleasure of working on. I wish more books had trailers!
A few shots of my work from the most recent Spectrum 20 & Expose 11 illustration annuals. I was thrilled to have both Destroyermen II (In glorious full page detail!) and Destroyermen III included in Spectrum. Destroyermen III is also featured in Expose as well. A Huge thank you to Matt Kalamidas over at the Science Fiction Book club. This series has been so damn rewarding!
The quality and number of entries seem to grow considerably for both competitions every year so I am simultaneously thrilled and shocked when my work does get in. It's an insane honor to be included with some of the top illustrators working in the field today.
This just reminded me... Call for entries for Spectrum 21 is coming up! 1/25/14!!! Get those entries in people!
Really looking forward to seeing everyone at Spectrum Live in May!
The awesome folks over at The Science Fiction Book Club had some fun chatting up Taylor Anderson's fourth Destroyermen cover I recently finished for them. All on the hottest day of all time anywhere! Such a great series to be a part of. Thanks guys! You can check out the final cover art right here.
Did he just say my cover was hot as balls?
Every month Imagine FX features an artist in the FXPose section of their magazine. They have both a traditional & digital showcase. Back in their April issue I was fortunate enough to be featured in... traditional!
"Traditional you say. That's an outrage! Who do you think you're fooling?!"
Hmmm... so what happened here? I'm not sure if someone actually thought my work was executed traditionally or if their criteria for the showcase is a little more open. It's hard to tell but I think it was probably the later. Maybe they just look for work that has a traditional feel to it without actually worrying too much about what medium was used.
Either way it was a welcome surprise and I was honored.
While I'm certainly not out to fool anyone as to the medium I use, I do put ALOT of effort into giving my digital paintings a traditional oil painting look and feel. After all, I worked in oils for many years, most of my influences have or do work in oils, and for the love of god I just cant take another super digital lens flare! :-)
If your not familiar with Imagine FX head on out and grab yourself a copy. Every month features some of the best workshops and interviews with artists from the science fiction, fantasy, gaming, and comic disciplines. It really is a great resource for beginner and seasoned artists alike. Also of note, the iPad version of the magazine is outstanding. While being identical to the print version in every way, it also has just enough interactivity with galleries, videos, and slideshows without trying to reinvent the whole magazine format for a tablet experience. Download the app here and subscribe today. You can also get past issues such as the April 2013 issue from above.
So... who out there thought I worked traditionally? Comment below.
My companion, friend, brother, son, & studio mate of thirteen years has now passed on. Thank you for all the wonderful moments of inspiration and laughs. May you rest in piece little buddy.
To read a little bit more about Roscoe head on over to Christy's blog for a loving tribute.
A nice little mention from ImagineFX this month! If you haven't already gotten your copy, head on out and check out page 55. I was fortunate enough to be chosen as one of the honorable mentions for their 2012 Rising Stars competition in the Illustration category. Such a great way to cap off an already awesome year.
Some shots of my work in the most recent Spectrum 19 & Expose 10 illustration annuals. I was certainly honored to be included, but when I received my artist copies in the mail I was downright ecstatic! Destroyermen I was printed full page showing off all the brush work and Swashbuckle Dom (Printed full page as well) received an award of excellence. My A Princess of Mars, 1027, & Destroyermen II pieces were also included. Really looking forward to Spectrum Live this May!
While I don't have any, Ive always loved tattoos. So when the good folks over at Spirit Gallery Tattoo contacted me and said they had a client that wanted to use my 1027 painting as the basis for some ink, I said "Absolutely!"
Since I used myself as the model for the main figure in the painting I love the fact that someone now has my face permanently tattooed on their body. Poor guy.
Now, if I can only get someone to tattoo Swashbuckle Dom on themselves. Im thinking very large sprawled across their back would be best. Any takers? Anyone...
A few sketches from some recent unannounced cover commissions. Really looking forward to showing off the finals soon!
All the necessities of a 19 hour road trip. This has been a long time coming but here are a few shots of my booth from Spectrum Live this past spring in Kansas City. Cant wait for this coming May to do it all over again!
I have a confession to make...
I hate thumbnails! Let me rephrase that by saying, I hated thumbnails. Up until recently I have always felt my thumbnails left a lot to be desired, not only for myself but also the client. While I have never gotten a complaint as to the level they were ever at I just felt they never really showed my final intentions. I’d always be chomping at the bit to move along and get started throwing value down on the final canvas as quickly as possible. I just didn't enjoy all the preparatory work involved with creating the final image, even though I knew it all was necessary.
Recently I have forced myself to really push my thumbnails as far as possible, trying to create full blown miniature black and white paintings of the image I have in my mind. This has helped me immensely! Even though I spend more time on these sketches it saves time down the road at a later stage of the illustration. Everything is now figured out and there is no trial & error moving forward. I know what I am looking for in reference, what I have to do for the final drawing, and even know what’s happening value wise with the final painting. Best of all, I have really come to enjoy the thumbnail stage of a project now!
Check out the thumbnails above (click to enlarge) from some recent projects and let me know what you think. Also let me know your thoughts on preparatory work. Love it or hate it?
My A Princess of Mars piece was selected from over 300 entries for inclusion in the upcoming Frank Frazetta tribute exhibition at Gallery Provocateur. The Exhibition will open concurrent to the Chicago Comic Convention which runs from March 18th - 20th. Proceeds from the show will be donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for Frank's granddaughter Jessica, who has type 1 juvenile diabetes, in hopes for a cure.
Like so many, Frazetta’s work was a tremendous inspiration for me as a young artist and continues to be to this day. More specifically Frank’s Dark Kingdom piece from above was probably the single greatest influence on me and fueled my desire to pursue illustration. Copying from my older brothers Molly Hatchet album, I would spend countless hours trying to recreate the masterpiece as a child. That original album hangs in my studio to this day.
More info on the artists and exhibit can be found here, and many thanks to Veronika Kotlajic of Gallery Provocateur for putting together such a great show for such an awesome cause.
I am very honored to be a part of this show.