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Hello, I'm a freelance illustrator based in the UK.
I was born in London, and started out in illustration with work for fantasy & horror small press magazines in the '80s, in particular the H.P. Lovecraft-devoted Dagon. My first professional commissions came from Games Workshop for their magazine White Dwarf, and this began a long relationship with the company, illustrating lots of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay publications and the very first Warhammer 40,000 book, as well as many other GW books and boardgames. I've also done game-related material for other publishers, including covers and internal illustrations for twenty-two (I think) of the Fighting Fantasy series from Puffin Books/Wizard Books, and card art for Magic: The Gathering from Wizards of the Coast.

I've also produced artwork for various publishers around the world including Scholastic, Time-Warner, HarperCollins and Oxford University Press, illustrating popular authors such as Anne McCaffrey, Raymond E. Feist and Harry Turtledove, as well as some classics including Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde and The Silver Sword. I was fortunate enough to receive the British Fantasy Award for Best Artist.

I illustrated the book accompanying the album release of Misterstourworm & the Kelpie's Gift, an orchestral work based on stories and characters from Scottish legend. My artwork was used as large-scale backdrops for live performances of the work by The Orchestra of Scottish Opera, with narration by Lord of the Rings actor Billy Boyd.

As an author, I've written some books about digital art including Digital Fantasy Painting Workshop and Digital Horror Art, and edited Fantasy Art Now published by Collins. In addition to work in publishing, I occasionally do concept and production art for computer games (following two years as an in-house artist at Eidos Interactive), and film and television productions which have included the BAFTA-nominated The Magician of Samarkand for the BBC, and most recently Gulliver's Travels for 20th Century Fox.

Currently: September 2013: I'm busy developing another picture book, something in a similar vein to The Octopuppy which has just been published in hardback by Scholastic/Omnibus Books. There are also ideas floating around for a sequel to The Octopuppy. All this follows on from The Gift, my first children's book which was published last Christmas and received great reviews. The Gift is due out in paperback in October this year. I've just finished the wraparound cover for You Are The Hero, a book documenting the history of Fighting Fantasy. Right now I'm working on a cover for Axel Rudi Pell's next album release, Into the Storm.

martin@martinmckenna.net 

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    Talisman of life after Death


    A couple of recent outings for my Talisman of Death image. As the icon for the Dark Fantasy library on Extreme Music, a division of Sony/ATV Music Publishing; and as the cover of a horror special issue of the Czech magazine XB-1.





    Another recent resurrection, my Temple of Terror goblin boat race as the cover for Horsi nez smrt (Worse than Death) by Zdenek Jukl, from Czech publisher Klub Julese Vernea.



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    On the Trail of a Grecian Cthulhu


    First post here in a while. I've been aht an' abaht, ain't I? Just so you know, I've put some picture book news up over on my Octopuppy blog. Meanwhile here we have some peculiar old news.

    Here's the cover of a 2003 Greek trade paperback of August Derleth's The Trail of Cthulhu. Not only does the book feature an (uncredited) cover by my old friend Dave Carson, it also includes all our artwork from Shadows Over Innsmouth (used without permission). A copy of the book was recently sent to Stephen Jones by Derleth's son-in-law, which is the first any of us had heard about it. The naughty publisher responsible for this was Metaekdotiki, who were based in Thessaloniki, Greece.


    Artwork copyright Dave Carson

    Previous Shadows Over Innsmouth posts here, hare, here.


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    Fighting Fantasy Fest


    I ain't gonna be there - but YOU could be.



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    Space Marines from long ago


    A few more bits of old Games Workshop artwork that I did in the 1980s. I've been going through early stuff again this weekend in response to more art collectors who've been in touch. A collector who acquired some pieces from me a while ago has posted quite a bit of info about them on his blog Magpie and Old Lead. If you're a collector of 1980s/'90s Warhammer, Fighting Fantasy or Palladium artwork, get in touch as I still have some originals in the archives that are available. Plus dozens (hundreds?) more that need to be sorted and scanned - perhaps one day when I conjure a few broomstick personal assistants.









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    New Fighting Fantasy


    Here's that pic I did for the cover of Jon Green's book, You Are the Hero. It shows various Fighting Fantasy villains staring and pointing. I was attempting to recall something of the cover Chris Achilleos did for the Out of the Pit book back in the '80s.







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    Evolution of a cover


    A video made by author Jon Green, showing the progress of the wraparound cover I did for his book, You Are the Hero.




    I'll post the image in full here shortly.

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