Saturday, May 5, 2012

Books!

Yes, it’s completely pathetic that our site still had a Christmas post topping the page on Cinco de Mayo.

The problem is that although we’ve been busy every day working on an intensely complicated illustrated book, none of the work we’re doing is anything that our agreements allow us to post just yet. The book should be finished and published by next year, but that’s left us without much to post in the meantime.

It also turned out that our schedule didn’t allow for us to paint the cover to the newest book from the Robert E. Howard Foundation. We’ve been happy with the pulp-look we established for the library, and would have been sorry to see a cover that didn’t fit into that mold. But, spectacular good luck saved the day when our friend Mark Schultz turned out to have an opening in his schedule and created this incredible wraparound cover for the just released ADVENTURES IN SCIENCE FANTASY (click on any of the images to see them larger):


Check out what it looks like when it’s folded open (we've left the crop-marks in place so that you can see where it folds and cuts):


Mark wanted to capture the romance of a 1920s-era pulp cover, and in keeping with that theme asked us to design the title treatment in a way that suggested those of J. Allen St. John -- tricky to do, since St. John was one of the greatest, most recognizable, and unique title designers EVER -- but we solved the problem by appropriating the letter "S" from a St. John dustjacket for "The Saddle Wolf," and designing the rest of the treatment around it. Did the trick!

The book is limited to only 200 copies, and can be ordered from the REH Foundation at this LINK.

And for process fans, here’s Mark's preliminary sketch.


Just before we disappeared under our latest project, our buddy Gary Gianni had us design his Dark Horse collection MONSTERMEN AND OTHER SCARY STORIES. The book collects all of Gianni’s Monstermen stories (to date) along with a number classic prose stories (by Robert E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith, William Hope Hodgson, and others) all beautifully illustrated by Gianni. We’re very happy with the way it turned out, and highly recommend it.


In other book news, we were thrilled to see that our Weird Menace painting was given full-page treatment in SPECTRUM 18. These annual collections are priceless to any fan of contemporary illustration. Great stuff from cover to cover.


And, speaking of Spectrum, if you can get to Kansas City on May 18-20, please stop by our booth at SPECTRUM FANTASTIC ART LIVE! Gary Gianni and Mark Schultz will also be there with our friends at Flesk Publications (Flesk has also created the official book for the show). Mike Mignola is one of the special guests, and a number of our other art buddies will also be in attendance: Greg Manchess, Scott Gustafson, Thomas Gianni (whose work you’ll also see on the cover of an upcoming REH Foundation title), and lots and lots of others.


So, we may not have too many new paintings that we’re able to post for a few months, but we’ll try very hard not to let so much time pass without posting again.

2 comments:

  1. Hey, better to be absent on the blog because you're busy than absent with nothing better to do. Glad to hear you're both still going strong!

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  2. Keep putting out this quality of art and all absences will be forgiven. Love the cover of Adventures in Science Fantasy.

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