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.
My gurning red demon fella gets another outing, as the cover of the October issue of the Czech sf, fantasy & horror magazine XB-1.
The Gift - published today
The Gift is released today, published by Scholastic in hardback. As I've mentioned in previous posts here and here, The Gift is my first proper picture book for children. It's a delightful, sad story about an unwanted teddy bear at Christmas, written by award-winning author Penny Matthews. Illustrating it was lots of fun, as it was such a departure from my usual attempts at spooky and grisly, and it was a challenge to convey complex emotions in the faces of soft toys! Below are some sketches I did along the way. The book is now available to buy in various online stores.
Some sketches of Bear when I was still working on his appearance:
A rough sketch from an early storyboard:
Another storyboard sketch. This little scene didn't make it into the book:
My first defined colour sketch of Bear:
The Weird and the Wonderful portfolio
Talking of ancient images lately, a properly old one of mine appears in a new portfolio from Spectre Press. It's a presentation of artwork from the collection of publisher Jon Harvey. My drawing is one that Jon bought at the World Fantasy Convention in 1988, and I can hardly remember what it looked like. It was my attempt at a Black Rider from The Lord of the Rings, sniffing out a Hobbit or two in the undergrowth. I don't remember if it was any good. Anyway, there's a bit more about the portfolio - which is available as prints, or on a state-of-the-art CD-ROM! - here.
The Pirate of Beyond
My Bloodbones picture gets another airing on the cover of this new edition from Gallimard Jeunesse. Available to buy here.
Prints and Posters
A range of photographic prints, premium Giclee prints, and canvas prints featuring my artwork is now available at Art.co.uk and AllPosters.co.uk, and more images will be added in time. All prints can be ordered unframed, but a huge selection of rather tasty looking frames, in endless combination with a wide choice of coloured mounts, is available.
RPG & CCG Artists
I'm one of the 150 artists featured in Role-Playing Game and Collectible Card Game Artists: A Biographical Dictionary, compiled by Jane Frank and published by McFarland, which can be purchased here. A Kindle edition will be released on the 15th of December.
"This biographical dictionary is the first of its kind to document artists' contributions to one of the most popular and far-reaching of contemporary teenage social pastimes of the last quarter of the 20th century; that of role-playing games and collectible card games. The book presents full information on 150 artists, both painters and cartographers, whose influence and illustrative contributions to the field of table-top, pen-and-paper games helped define the "look" of game art and helped establish game art as a unique and recognizable genre. In addition to providing inclusive biographical data on each artist, the entries also include a bibliographic listing of each artist's published work in the genre.
Jane Frank is collector, author, and private art dealer specializing in science fiction and fantasy illustration art. She currently runs Worlds of Wonder, an art agency dedicated to gaining further exposure for the art and the artists associated with the fields of science fiction and fantasy, and lives in McLean, Virginia."