EK SERIES ART BOOK SOLD OUT

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My first art book is out of print! My publisher, Design Studio Press, has sold all their copies. There are a still a few new and used copies kicking around on a couple Amazon sites and there may be some available at different book retailers, but that is it. Japanese publisher Born Digital bought the rights to this book, so they may still have some of the Japanese language softcover edition in stock, and may publish more in the future, but the English hardcover edition is out of stock.

Thanks to everyone that bought a copy of the book, and a special thanks to all that purchased signed copies from me personally as well.

I’ll have to get started on the next one……

HALO

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Even though I’m slammed with concept design work on 2 different projects with 2 different companies (plus the occasional 3rd contract in the mix…), along with kids and other family priorities, I do still manage to get a personal piece in there once in awhile. Here is a new(er) one I found some time to finish off.

Higher res. and additional images on my Art Station page here.

While I’d like to spend more time on this stuff, it will have to stay on life support at the moment….

Enjoy!

TUF VOYAGING

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My illustration of Haviland Tuf, George R. R. Martin's cat loving space adventurer, has been licensed for the cover of the new Spanish language edition of "Tuf Voyaging"! I did this illustration a few years ago for Wired Magazine (for an article regarding the publication of a new edition of Tuf Voyaging for the English market), so it is cool to see it used again. The book is available now and published by Nova/Penguin Random House.

Thanks to Joana Lopez at Penguin Random House.

Book display at the Libreria Gigimesh in Barcelona, Spain.

Book display at the Libreria Gigimesh in Barcelona, Spain.

FURIOUS....no not really...

Over the past couple years I've helped out on Anki Overdrive with character design and illustration.  Earlier this year I was asked to work on their Fast & Furious cross over...again with character design and illustration. Working on film related projects can be bit tricky...as you have to jump through many levels of approval: internal developer approval, production studio approval, the I.P. holder approval and then the actors themselves. But I've worked on other film related projects in the past, so I know the drill. Things went fairly smoothly, but there were a few hick ups along the way, with the scope of the work being cut back, the Anki art director being replaced half way through the project and a few scheduling issues. But in the end, the work was finished and was given over to Anki. Fast forward a few months to release and I see that the characters that I had done have been changed - painted over and modified with body parts skewed and scaled. It was disappointing  to see. But you can't get too upset as these things. At the end of the day it is their property so they do as they wish and the new versions must have been approved by Universal and the actors.....so I guess everyone else is happy with it. That is the way it goes....

Anyways, here are my originals.....

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TWINS

Here are a few pics of a personal commission done for a client out in Toronto.:

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The piece was created to celebrate the birth of the client's twins, a boy and a girl. The composition is similar to the Taijitu, the Chinese yin and yang symbol, and encompasses the idea of individual forces that are seemingly opposed are also complementary and interconnected. 

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As with other personal commissions I've done in this series, the final image was printed as an archival quality giclee on fine art paper.

Thanks to Matthew and Terry! 

CRYUS LONGBONES

Here is a cover I did for Cyrus Longbones and the Curse of the Sea Zombie, the first book in a young readers series by Jeremy Mathiesen. This one was fun to illustrate, as there was a lot to pull from Jeremy's story.....an action packed adventure with an interesting setting.....think Pirates of the Caribbean meets Keepers of the Maser. Jeremy wanted a murky-like feeling...which worked well with my desaturated, hazy style. I also had the opportunity to create the logo and tag-line wordmark. 

Cyrus Longbones and the Curse of the Sea Zombie will be available later in the year from Viking House Publishing.

RENEGADES

Here is a cover illustration I did for the book "Renegades", the third instalment in the Randoms Series by author David Liss. This one is another great science-fi adventure, with Zeke and his friends continuing their adventure, traveling to strange worlds, encountering bizarre beings, battling aliens, while learning and growing along the way. Plus there is a dose of tween romance thrown in there for good measure.

Anyways, the cover was a lot of fun....being a wrap around image like the previous books and featuring portraits of David's great characters from the series in a circular graphic arrangement. This one was a little different in that it contains 2 different locations....one on the front cover and the second on the back, whereas the previous 2 books featured singular locations. This also introduced more colour...but in the end I still think it fits with the other covers.

As with the previous instalments in the series, I created the title word mark for the book.

Renegades will be released in hardcover next September.

Thanks to Lizzy Bromley at Simon & Schuster.