Saturday, August 30, 2008

LAST CHANCE: Donato Painted Asus Giveaway

As a promo for, we asked Donato to paint an Asus mini computer to give away. The sign-up for this ends tomorrow, August 31, so if you're feeling lucky, click here: Donato Giancola Painted Asus

Friday, August 29, 2008

Christoph Niemann's Bathroom

Christoph Niemann, always clever and playful and smart as hell, has recreated art history in bathroom tile. And the New York subway system.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Dear Pablo

Regarding your post: Just what is so wrong about TV Batman!? Hmmm??

Tobias Buckell and Todd Lockwood Talk Cover Art

Suvudu has a series of videos of Toby Buckell and Todd Lockwood talking about their work. Here is this first segment. Check out the Suvudu post to see the others.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Erik Gist beats me to it!

I had just sent art director Jeremy Cranford a bunch of questions over the weekend and now, I see Erik Gist has beaten me to the punch. Erik has an excellent interview with Jeremy on his blog.

(Luckily, our questions don't overlap overly much -- they should make for complimentary interviews.)

John Jude Palencar: Mystery of Grace

It's no secret that John Jude Palencar is one of my favorites. Here is his latest for Charles de Lint's Mystery of Grace, due out next summer. This is one where I got really excited the moment the sketch came in. For a more intimate experience with John's work, check out his book, Origins: The Art of John Jude Palencar.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

The Scottish Games

Chucking trees must be harder than it looks 'cause only the guy blue tights and blue sunglasses was able to up-end this log. At least that I saw. No mind, it was a great day of falconeering, SCA fencing, classic cars, garden strolling, dueling Ashley MacIsaac step dancing, and goats! And, very oddly, a taxidermied pet collie in the old Westbury manor house. By the way, it does not appear to have sucked to live in the old Westbury manor house...except for the whole stuffed dog thing.


Sunburned shoulders and a glass of wine -- a nice way to end a Saturday in summer.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Greg Manchess and Oregon's Sesquicentennial

Stamp collectors out there, there's a Manchess a-coming. Greg was asked to paint Oregon's 150th birthday stamp. Here is a post he wrote about the unveiling. Funnily enough, the Postal Service had no idea that Greg lives in Oregon when they asked him to do the stamp. Next up, Greg will be painting a Mark Twain stamp.

Does not Mind Meld well with others.

The good folks at SF Signal asked me to participate in a Mind Meld on digital art. I was eager to participate but, nonetheless, waited until the last minute. Then I got a raging migraine and blew the deadline. I have finally responded to their theme within the comments section.

If you want to check out what various artists and I have to say about digital art changing the illustration landscape, click here: SF Signal Digital Mind Meld.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Kinuko Craft's Elfland

Nothing to say, except: Stunning.

Kinuko Craft's latest for Elfland by Freda Warrington, due out next spring.

Ah, New York is just starting to get that perfect late summer light.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Hate Flash. Hate.

I've said it a hundred times before but I can't help saying it again...

Holy freakin' cow, do I hate flash portfolio sites!

I know, it's a losing battle. They are everywhere. But seriously guys, forget trying to sell artwork for a minute and pretend you need to buy artwork. Lots of it. In limited time. Now pretend you'd like to share a number of specific examples from a number of artist. Lets say three samples from 5 artists. Do that five times today.

Tell me you don't want to blow your brains out after the third flash site you come across.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Greg Ruth

Just about every artist I know regrets not having time for "their own" work. Greg Ruth (one awesome drawer) has announced a project to force himself into creating just that. The 52 Weeks Project -- he will make a drawing each week, all at the same proportions and using the same materials. Drawing number 1 seen to the left.

What strikes me the most about the project is his intention to keep it fun and light. A problem I see among many pro and emerging artists is they see each project has overly meaningful and precious. Occasionally just letting yourself fool around with some ideas will lead you somewhere interesting and not fully expected, especially over the course of a year.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Cover Talk

Eric Orchard starts up some cover talk at

World Con Wrap Up

World Con was a blast. The convention itself was a bit sparse -- set in such a large convention center, it didn't feel as if there was much there there. So, it was up to the Hyatt, across the street, to be the meeting place du jour. I got to hang out with a number of writers, a few artists (but surprisingly few,) the smaller/hipper/cooler publishers, and the good folks of io9.

The art show was good -- lots of great talent but nothing I wasn't expecting....except that the 3D work stole the show, particularly Vincent Villafranca's bronze work. Vincent is, without a doubt, one of the coolest artists I've run into (thanks to an intro from John Picacio) in years. A little steampunk, a little western, a bit of humor, and a wonderful sense of character and body language. I was surprised to learn that he launches into a piece, without benefit of a clear drawing.

Shout-outs to my new BFFs: John Joseph Adams -- editor extraordinaire. Writer Paolo Bacigalupi -- who I got to be for 24 hours. I never was so popular. I guess that's what happens when you have three Hugo nomination pins underlining a seemingly random collection of scrabble letters for a name. He, on the other hand, spent the time terrorizing authors with threats of purposefully bad covers. And Blake Charlton -- soonish to be Tor's coolest fantasy writer, if he ever gets that pesky medical degree out of the way. As if saving lives is more important than being a Tor fantasy writer. Whatever.

It was great to see friends, John Picacio, who had a stand-out art show showing, including a new shadowbox. Lou Anders, Alan Beck, Bob Eggleton, Alan Beats. Despite staying up until 3:00am each morning, the days always seemed to end too quickly. Come Sunday, I wished I had more time with them all.

I got to be Stephan Martiniere at the Hugos, which was fun until he won the damn thing and I had to nervously stammer in front of a few thousand people. (Congrats, Stephan! I'm stealing the commemorative pen. Feel lucky you get the rocket back.) Liz Gorinsky was my date for the evening. We got to do the whirl of Pre & Post Hugo parties, along with above mentioned BFF posse.

What else...

I got to meet and spar a bit with Bill Willingham. Ken Scholes was sweet to seek me out just to say how much he loves his cover.

What else...

Well, more than I can remember at the moment. Very much looking forward to Montreal in 09!

Blake Charlton and JJ Adams. Annaleen Newitz from io9. Annaleen, Blake, John. SECOND SET: Charles Stross. Paolo Bacigalupi. John Scalzi, Jim Minz, Lou Anders. Tom Doherty (yay!). THIRD SET: Bear, a big blue bear. FOURTH SET: Warren Hammond, don't know, Matthew Jarpe. Blake Charlton and Liz Gorinski, all dressed up. Mr. and Mrs. Ken Scholes. FIFTH: Scuplture by Vincent Villafranca. LAST SET: Paolo and I, stolen from stolen John Picacio's blog.

More Cool Animation

Thanks to Todd Lockwood for the heads-up.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

I Love the Olympics

Winter is better, but summer will do.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Off to World Con

I can't honestly say World Con sneaked up on me, but I have been so preoccupied with work and work travel that I am slightly shocked to be sitting in Newark airport right now. I haven't even registered for the convention yet so, of course, I am not on programming, I will, however, go to all the art panels I can and report back. Looking at the list of artists, there are tons of names I do not know -- I'm looking forward to seeing new work. I also get to be Stephan Martiniere at the Hugos. I've had the pleasure of being Donato a few times -- once when he won, in LA. After I gave up explaining that the rocket I was holding wasn't really mine, I had a great time beaming, "Why, thank you! Thank you so much."

See ya in Mountain Time.

When the Day Breaks

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

John Collier

I realize this is a great big, "Duh", but, isn't John Collier just amazing. I was at the Richard Solomon site for other reasons and got completely hooked into going through John's paintings. I've always enjoyed his work, but this time, it wouldn't let me go. I wish I could see a full show of his work, I imagine I'd have a similar experience as I do when I see Andrew Wyeth's paintings. It's beautiful without being sentimental, otherworldly, and a deeply personal point of view. No matter what the scenes are, they always feel like interior mental spaces -- a memory of an event rather its a depiction.

(The website does not have direct links to the artists - click on artists and then scroll down to get to Collier.)

Monday, August 04, 2008

Wesley Allsbrook and Shaun Tan: Great art and a free comic!

Ok, so I had hoped to only do this once a week but these two are just too good to let sit. just launched it's first free comic, The Leviathan. It's written and drawn by Wesley Allsbrook. Long term readers may remember that she gave one of the most articulate interviews on The Art Department. She is awesome. Go enjoy the story.
And, an interview with Mr. Shaun Tan, who is one of my personal favorites, and is also awesome, and so you should also go and enjoy.

Redirect Monday!

Last week's art related posts:

Greg Manchess painting Hellboy video.

Patrick Neilsen Hayden appreciation of Tolkien artist Pauline Baynes.

Jeremy Enecio, including cool video.

Patrick Ballesteros, a quick look.

Peter Reed gives me the coolest present evar.

Chris McGrath on the Dresden Files.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Chris Buzelli, Again

If I were an illustrator, Chris Buzelli would have my dream job. He just posted two more paintings for a natural history museum in Amsterdam. (I mentioned the first here.) He's included shots of the artifacts they are based on, sketches, and the final product in context. Of course anything to do with natural history museums is likely to get the nod from me but, really, he's created such a strong and cohesive identity for museum that immerses you into the life and purpose of these artifacts. So well done.