"Journey through the Upsidaisium Ore Mountains" ©2014 Acrylic on canvas board 14"x18" Work in Progress. This piece started in 1984 as a lightly airbrushed nebula with some roughed-in asteroid barges moving from right to left. Inspiration struck me in December 2013. I rotated the under-painting one quarter turn clockwise, and the Upsidaisium Ore Mountains came to me in a flash -- a steam-punk "airship" visiting the source of it's propulsion. As I painted, I imagined this picture as part of a much bigger adventure story I've had on the back burner, (stay tuned for more details on that!) When completed the original and prints will be available for purchase.
"Sheriff R. Bot" ©2014 Acrylic on illustration board 5.25"x7.5". This piece was created for display and purchase at RadCon, a general Science Fiction & Fantasy convention held annually in Pasco, WA. "Sheriff R. Bot" is the kick off for a series of space cowboy paintings I’m still developing. I've gone with a style reminiscent of one of my favorite illustrators from the pulp era, Hannes Bok. The original was just recently purchased by a collector. Online prints will be available soon , (contact us for preorders).
"Fire Fairy Spell" ©2014 Acrylic on illustration board 8"x11". ...and yet another of my art piece intended for display and purchase at Science Fiction/Fantasy Convention art shows, and for online print sales. This piece started as a dragon head in my HS sketch book. The fairy spell flashed in my mind as I refined and scaled up the sketch. The original painting was purchased just recently by a collector. Prints will be available soon , (contact us for pre-orders).
"Rosie the Riveter after Norman Rockwell" ©2013 Alkyd Oils on VW Minivan 22"x48" . This a pretty faithful reproduction of the classic Life Magazine cover with some tweaks, like the modern feminist buttons on Rosie's overalls.
The next picture shows Rosie next to the name of the owner's website -- I did the lettering, as well as sanding and painting the blue "canvas". Rosie took about 40 hours over two weeks.
I’ve been told that Rosie Van was recently sold and is now living in France.
"ROCKiT SPACE" Acrylic on brick wall. 4'x12' ©2009 My influence for this piece was Rick Griffin -- underground comic artist extraordinaire. This mural required drawing and painting from a 16 foot extension ladder. I worked from my original 8 1/2"x11" drawing, and used a grid to enlarge the art. I completed the work in one long weekend. (Contact us for mural pricing.)
"Cloud Harvest" ©2001 Acrylic on illustration board 10"x16". This piece was originally a concept illustration for a steam punk style game proposal. The original piece also has a horizontal composition. When I resold it to Talebones, I cropped the sides and extended the top and bottom in Photoshop seamlessly.
Here are four of about a dozen background illustrations I painted in 2001 for the Humongous Entertainment game, "Freddi Fish: the Creature of Coral Cove". All the backgrounds for these engaging adventure games about a detective fish were done in Gouache then digitized. I learned to paint with Gouache on the job with this project and match Freddi's distinctive Brother's Hildebrandt-esque style. The original paintings are all 6"x8". All the subtle gradients are airbrushed Gouache. The first piece is called "Jaw Fish". The second piece is called "Coral Cove Entrance". The third piece is called "Sea Cheese", and the last illustration "Secret Lair" was part of the final boss sequence. These five images are © 2001 Humongous Entertainment.
"Succubus" ©2000 Acrylic on illustration board 11"x17". The original client for this piece needed a poster for a concert. The concert came and went, and I started showing the piece at conventions. I subsequently sold it to two different publishers for book covers. The original is available for purchase now, and online prints will be available soon. (contact us for preorders).
"Annie Port: In a Storm" ©2000 Acrylic on canvas paper 5"x7". "Jolly Codger" ©1999 Acrylic on canvas paper 5"x7" These two are part of a big series of portraits I developed and sold at conventions for several years. The idea came to me when I found hundreds of these antique looking frames for cheap at Artist and Craftsman Supply. I ended up making about a hundred portraits -- Victorians, mummies, aliens, nuns, historical pirates etc. Each portrait was original, quick to make and they often went to voice auction when they sold at conventions. This slide is a composite of scans of the original paintings, scans of the frames, and an original Cthulhu Wallpaper I created.
A gallery of Haunted Portraits is coming soon, and prints will be available. Stay tuned!
"Scorpius" ©1999 Acrylic on illustration board 5"x5.5". This illustration was made for Scorpius Digital Publishing for a promotional temporary tattoo they gave out at publisher parties at conventions. I combined the features from several scorpion reference photos with my own original pose to create this painting. I painted the scorpion without shadow, and added the shadow in Photoshop. I did this for convenience and flexibility in controlling the shape, color and value of the shadow for most realistic effect, when worn on the skin.
"Photon Fury" ©1997 Acrylic on illustration board 18"x24". This was created for an anthology of "Nose Art" done by alien cultures — after the practice in WWII of painting pin up girls on the sides of bombers, and other fighting planes. The book never came to fruition, as far as I know, but I've sold many prints of this piece and received quite a few awards for it at science fiction conventions. The original was purchased by a collector recently, however prints are still available, (contact us for details).
"Duel for the Stars" ©1995 Acrylic on illustration board 24"x36". Game box cover for a card based board game about galactic conquest.