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ImagineFX Monthly Art Challenge – “Fairytale”

My entry for the April art contest at ImagineFX.com.

The theme for this contest was simply “Fairytale.” I chose to do a sci-fi interpretation of “Sleeping Beauty.”

“Cryosleeping Beauty”

“Patriots and Tyrants” Book Cover

My friend David Bagwell has just published his first novel titled, “Grandchildren of Liberty: Patriots and Tyrants.” This is the first in a series of at least three books and I will painting the covers for all of them. Here is the full front cover:

And here is the complete image for the front and back with text and other markings removed:

And the synopsis from the back cover:

When genius JP Cain saw the nation he loved crumbling, he did the only thing he could. He founded a new one. He and 117 like-minded souls founded the Republic of Secundus, a nation on an alternate Earth that was anything but Eden. Filled with animals out of prehistory, Secundus forced the colonists to fight for their very existence. If they could win, a new dream would be born: A republic based on the ideas of personal freedom, liberty, and responsibility.

Two decades later, the citizens are embarking on a new mission: to help free the world they escaped. The United States has broken under the yoke of tyranny, and Secundus’ best hope rests with political prisoner, former historian, and radio personality Lukas Faber.

But even with JP’s technology and their drive, can the people of Secundus overcome the forces of the UN, the mass media propaganda machine, and the shadowy figure pulling all their strings? They are all that stand between Earth’s greatest tyranny and true personal freedom.

Let the battle begin…

The book is available for pre-order on the Freedom Forge Press website by clicking on this link.

Guardian Angel

I started this digital painting almost two years ago, intending to give it to my mother for Christmas in 2012, but it just wasn’t coming together at the time and got set aside indefinitely. Last November, I finally had an epiphany about where I wanted to go with it and decided to tackle it for Christmas 2013. I had another couple of false starts working out the pose and various details, not to mention the challenge of learning how to paint lots and lots of feathers, but I finally had a version I was happy with in about three weeks. The end result was printed on canvas and mounted on a 16″x20″ stretcher board, which Mom plans to put in a nice frame later this week. She loves anything and everything to do with angels so I think it worked out to be a pretty successful gift.

Guardian Angel

Guardian Angel

Book Cover Preview

Here’s a small preview of a professional book cover I just completed for a friend’s first published novel, due out the beginning of next year. I’ll post more info about it when the time comes.

Book Cover Preview

Book Cover Preview

ImagineFX Monthly Art Challenge – “Big Red”

My entry for the March art contest at ImagineFX.com:

Big Red

Big Red

ImagineFX Monthly Art Challenge – “Steampunk Super Hero/Villain” – UPDATED

My latest digital art entry for the monthly challenge at ImagineFX.com, a Steampunk rendition of Batman:

Steampunk Batman

Steampunk Batman

UPDATE: This entry won the art challenge for the month of February.

ImagineFX Weekly Art Challenge – “Wanted Dead or Alive”

I just completed another contest entry, this time for the ImagineFX.com weekly challenge. The theme was “Wanted Dead or Alive,” depicting a wanted poster for an intergalactic criminal. I rather belatedly decided to start this one on Sunday night so I’ve got a little over two days into it.

Wanted Dead or Alive

Wanted Dead or Alive

ImagineFX Monthly Art Challenge – “Art Gladiators” – UPDATED

I decided to take another run at the ImagineFX.com Monthly Art Challenge for December. The theme was “Art Gladiators,” to be interpreted as the artist chose. I uploaded my entry yesterday afternoon:

Art Gladiators

Art Gladiators

UPDATE: This entry won the art challenge for the month of December 2012 and will be appearing in the April issue #094 of ImagineFX Magazine.

USS Grandeur – More Concepts

A few more early concept sketches for the Grandeur:

USS Grandeur - Early Concept Sketch

USS Grandeur - Early Concept Sketch

USS Grandeur - Early Concept Sketch

USS Grandeur - Early Concept Sketch

USS Grandeur - Early Concept Sketch

USS Grandeur - Early Concept Sketch

USS Grandeur - Early Concept Sketch

USS Grandeur - Early Concept Sketch

USS Grandeur - Early Concept Sketch

USS Grandeur - Early Concept Sketch

USS Grandeur - Early Concept Sketch

USS Grandeur - Early Concept Sketch

USS Grandeur – Early Concepts

Probably my best known Trek design project on sites like TrekBBS.com, Scifi-Meshes.com and elsewhere is the USS Grandeur.

USS Grandeur Wallpaper #4

USS Grandeur Wallpaper #4

I started working on this project way back around 2004, I think. Might have been even earlier than that. I’m sure someone will set me straight if I’m wrong. Point is, it’s been a really long time. It was based on a design by a friend named Darren Sexton for his starship-themed Trek fan club:

USS Grandeur - Original Concept by Darren Sexton

USS Grandeur - Original Concept by Darren Sexton

I’m preparing to resume work on the Grandeur in the near future and thought I’d start with a series of retrospectives on where it all began and some of the stages it’s gone through along the way. After the jump, I’ll show you a few of the very early concept sketches that were used to coordinate changes to the design.

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