Saturday, February 12, 2011

New Stuff!

Philip Simon at Dark Horse asked us to do a pin-up for the first issue of their new Solomon Kane: Red Shadows series. We’d done a few painted illustrations of Kane for the two Best of REH books, but this isn’t based on an actual story — just us having fun doing a comic book version of the character.

We knew that we wanted the ghosts to be pulled out as color holds, so we drew the picture with that in mind. Below is what the ink drawing looked like before we colored it.

We received a wonderful present in the mail a couple of weeks ago — a fabulous new art book titled Harvey Dunn: Illustrator and Painter of the Pioneer West. Published by Flesk Publications, with fascinating text supplied by Walt Reed, this book is in all ways stunning. Gorgeous color reproductions of this Golden Age master's sublime work fill every page with a clarity that will leave you gob-smacked by the brushstrokes, the color choices, the design, the flawless everything that is the work of Harvey Dunn. 

Along with his classmate, N.C. Wyeth, Dunn studied under the "Father of American Illustration," Howard Pyle, and later went on to teach students of his own — including such future masters as Dean Cornwell, Mead Schaeffer, Arnold Friberg, and many others.

Looking through the book, we feel enriched by the soulful stories his paintings tell of lonely cowboys, brave pioneer women, and staunch soldiers of the Great War (of which Dunn was one). Each page is filled with scenes of romance, adventure, and simple prairie living. Every line is a tribute to the robust spirit of the American West. This is a really great book, which we can't recommend highly enough. If you’re familiar with any of John Fleskes’ previous books, you know that this publisher takes no prisoners when it comes to quality — lavishing meticulous care on every aspect of production. Flesk continues to raise the bar in the art-book publishing field with every new release. If you haven't already bought any Flesk books, you should definitely start here.

In other book news, we received our copies of Tales of Weird Menace and Steve Harrison’s Casebook from The Robert E. Howard Foundation this week. We painted the dust jackets, and Rob Roehm did an outstanding job on the editing and production of these books, which are both available through the REH Foundation website.

The finished book next to the original oil painting