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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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    Fox UK Productions Ltd. (Twentieth Century Fox)
    BBC Television
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    Eidos Interactive
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    Games Workshop
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    The Black Library
    Puffin Books
    Hasbro
    Parker Games
    Merlin Trading Cards
    Usborne Books
    Oxford University Press
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    Fedogan & Bremer
    The British Fantasy Society
    Carroll & Graf
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    Tall Tree
    Parragon
    Monkey Puzzle
    Wizards of the Coast
    Palladium Books
    Domark
    Black Cactus
    InterActive Vision
    Subterranean Press
    Oxford Designers & Illustrators
    Little Brown
    Orbit
    4Leaf Games
    Rosen Publishing
    Icon Books
    Wizard Books
    Telos Publishing
    Ilex Press
    Spearean Interactive
    Hogshead Publishing
    Sovereign Press
    Myriador Ltd
    Hodder & Stoughton
    Quarto Books
    Crimson Publishing
    Thomson Course Technology
    Future Publishing
    Circular Records
    Galarie Daniel Maghen
    Nestiveqnen Editions
    Infamy Miniatures
    PS Publishing
    SPV/Steamhammer Records

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    Adventurer
    Warlock
    Fantasy Tales
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