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22 June 2016

New Work Published: The Disremembered Word by Dr. David Brzezinski

Actually, I think this one's been out for a while, and it's been complete for even longer than that, but this is the first time I've actually seen the Amazon Listing for it.


 

I've done several projects for David Brzezinski (in fact I'm just starting out on another one), and he always presents me with a challenge. 
This book is a dystopian YA novel with a clearly Christian theme.  While I don't specifically do religious themed work, the description of the cover was interesting to me, and the idea of trying a different method to create the image allowed me to approach the project with a certain measure of objectivity.
For this one, I was inspired particularly by the work of John Picacio, and I wanted to experiment with creating the subtle tones he gets for some of his work.  A close up look at this cover would have you think it was done in pencil.  It was...sort of.  I drew the whole thing using the pencil tools in Sketchbook Pro, then colored it with a limited palette and minimal shading in Photoshop.  It was a surprisingly laborious process to get the pencil tones just right, but the control it gave me was fantastic, and I think the end result was worth it.
If you are, or know, a younger reader who would enjoy a Hunger Games-esque story, I recommend you give this one a try.  While you're at it, check out David's other work; you'll find a few more covers and such I did as well.


25 May 2016

Now Available: The Journals of Simon Pariah #3!

Available now in print and download options is "The Journals of Simon Pariah" #3.  The story this time around is "Dust and Bones", in which Simon travels to the mountains of Tibet to attempt to rescue the inhabitants of a Buddhist monastery from the onrushing tide of Chinese Communism.  What will he find there, and will he be in time?  You will have to read it to find out.



Warning:  This issue is not for the squeamish.  Not for violence as such but for...well, you'll see.





Issue 3 is available at all the usual outlets.  Choose your option below to order your copy.  As always, comments and criticisms are tremendously welcome, either here or by email at info@aimcomics.com.


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14 April 2016

Now Available: Brutal Blade of Bruno the Bandit Vol. 6

The latest book from AIM Comics, "The Brutal Blade of Bruno the Bandit" Vol. 6, is now available via the usual suspects.  Head over to AIM Comics to get the skinny.


Also...just look at that cover, will you?  Ian kicked ass on that one, and it was a delight to color.  Some jobs are just too much fun.

28 March 2016

If anyone's still reading this blog, they'll see that I've had a bit of a creative slump in recent months.  It's been hard to find a) inspiration, b) time and c) energy to work on anything worthwhile.  This has been for a number of reasons, chief among them being:

1) I've put aside my Fiverr gig and stopped doing free work for anyone.  As a result, it seems that fewer people want your work when you're not giving it away, or selling your time for a fraction of what it's worth.

2) The dreaded personal issues.  The bane of every blogger and creative person.  I won't drag out the details, and the issues are not resolved, but I think I'm handling them with a little more balance right now.

After waking up a little and realizing that I'm not getting any younger, while the projects I want to work on are only piling up, I am making an attempt to get a little bit of creative inertia going.  I'm basing my current efforts on the idea that it's better to do a little each day and move something...anything!...forward than to spend a lot of days doing nothing and try to be creative in bursts, or when inspiration strikes.  This way, I get to keep a sense of some kind of accomplishment while maintaining a balance with everything else in my life.

The result so far is that I've got several projects currently active (meaning they are on my drawing board and being worked on, as opposed to being something I'll get to "someday").  Those include:

1) Brutal Blade of Bruno the Bandit Vol. 6 for AIM Comics.  The book is nearly done and should be ready to go within a month.

2) The Journals of Simon Pariah issue 3.  You'd think since I'm still mainly scanning and cleaning up old work, I'd be faster with this...but I'm not.  Nevertheless, it is getting done.

3) New album cover for Brain Dead.  Yup.  Watch for it.

4) Supernatural Horror in Literature.  Years overdue, I'm finally making real (if tentative) progress on the illustrated version of H.P. Lovecraft's essay.  This is a labor of love, so it's not going to be done real soon, but it definitely running at a higher priority right now.

In addition, I'm adding new work to my Etsy store.  The originals I sell there are less demanding than some of my other work, but more fun to create.  Plus, it's a fun way to clear out some of my comic book collection.

So stay tuned....it will arrive slowly, but for anyone who's paying attention, there is definitely more work coming!

04 March 2016

Coming Soon: Dread Streets

I've just turned in the cover for this project.  Check out their website to see the first miniatures made from my work, and watch for their Kickstarter project.  Lend them a hand if you can, and get in on the ground floor of a great new game!



Dread Streets



I'll post more of the work here as soon as it's available online.

15 October 2015

Fear is the Mind Killer! - Dune Poster at Patreon

Recently completed and newly added to my Patreon feed, here's my tribute to Frank Herbert's "Dune" series of novels.  I can't believe it took me this long to get around to reading these books, but now that I have, I finally recognize what great works they are.  The first novel deserves its place as a masterpiece of science fiction, and the following novels are, for me, the kind of world building I like to see around a story of such scale.  This is the kind of approach that films such as Star Wars and Star Trek (and to a lesser degree the Marvel Cinematic Universe) have the potential to develop.

Core to the Dune series, and for me an important theme of the first novel, is the idea of overcoming fear through an effort of self-determination, as represented by the Bene Gesserit creed.  It was that idea that inspired this piece, a strong visual image of a single person against the vastness of the desert.  It is, I think, a subtle depiction of the kind of heroism I find echoed by many of my favorite authors - Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Ayn Rand, and now Frank Herbert.

As this is not an officially licensed work, I cannot make it commercially available, but a limited selection of prints will be available to my Patreon supporters.  You can find the link in the sidebar.

Click the image to see it at a larger size.


08 September 2015

I'm Patreon-izing this Establishment!

https://www.patreon.com/paladinfreelance

After much dithering on the idea, I've finally decided to open a Patreon account

For those not familiar with the service, it's a way to support your favorite creators by making repeating or one time donations and receiving rewards for doing so.  It's a great way to keep creators creating, and earn some fantastic art in return.  From where I stand, it's a win/win situation.

In my case, I've set up my account on a subscription basis, with several different levels of support.  The rewards differ based on the subscription amount, starting with access to the private Patreon feed, and going (so far) up to delivery of actual physical prints of new art.  There will be more levels to come, depending on response, but I want to see how the very basic levels do first.

Patreon also lets creators define goals that their supporters can help them reach.  Right now, I've only got one goal, and that's to give up my other side gigs to concentrate my studio time on producing work to share with my supporters.  I have goals in mind, but they will depend on if and when I reach that first goal.  That's really up to you.

The idea behind Patreon is that the creator has to really get out there and sell their work.  I'm not much of a huckster, but I'm going to give it my best shot and see what happens.  Please do me a favor and check out my Patreon page and see what's happening over there.  Even better if you could sign up and help support the artist, even if it's just a buck a month.  I promise to do my level best to make it worth your while....