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Action, Battlecruiser Alamo, Chris Achilleos, Chris Foss, Digital art, Frank Frazetta, FTL, illustration, Jim Burns, Keith Draws, Mother ship, Nebula, Peter A. Jones, Peter Elson, Polaris, Polaris Omnibus, Pushing the Envelope, Richard Tongue, Rodney Mathews, Roger Dean, Sci Fi, science Fiction, Science fiction art, Space Battle, Space ship, Starcruiser Polaris, Stars, Todd Lockwood
With these covers, I’m doing my best to push the envelope.
Action, intrigue and amazing vistas are all considerations so for this image, I imagined the Starcruiser Polaris bursting out of a nebular, guns blazing, and I set about it. After a few false starts, this was the result.
I love the idea that space has so many things we don’t understand, so many things we can’t even imagine (though I’m trying). I’m utterly awestruck when I think about this stuff and even more so when I’m asked to illustrate some of these incredible ideas by fine authors like Richard.
I do my utmost to infect the viewer with these feelings too just as my favourite artists did to me. People like : (in no particular order ) and I have to thank them: Todd Lockwood, Jim Burns, Chris Foss, Chris Archilleos, Peter Elson, Roger Dean, Rodney Mathews, Frank Frazetta, Peter A Jones and many more, without whom I would be painting landscapes.
This cover wraps the set as one book and so is no doubt a bargain you should not miss.
Check out his Author page on Amazon: https://goo.gl/Q1TCCZ
And his personal Blog: http://richardtongue.blogspot.com/
Posters and prints here: https://goo.gl/cxbA2d
advice, book cover, Bruce Pennington, Chris Achilleos, Chris Foss, Comic, Comic Art, Digital art, Fantasy, Humorous Science Fiction, illustration, Jim Burns, Keith Draws, KeithDraws, Peter A. Jones, Peter Elson, Roger Dean, Sci Fi, science fantasy, science Fiction, Science fiction art, superhero, superhero illustration, superhero woman, Todd Lockwood, Vampire Squid
From the Interview:
“A doodler from an extremely young age, encouraged by the freedom to do as he pleased at school, Keith Draws has been an artist at heart for his entire life. Inspired by the sci-fi, fantasy and superheroes that amazed him as a child, he has gone on to create art for bands, books and games.
With a new sci-fi novel series proudly displaying his artwork on the covers and a crowdfunded superhero anthology in the works, Keith is more in demand today than ever before. He has mastered the art of telling a whole story in just a single frame, using shape and colour and detail to create intriguing and captivating pieces that draw you into everything his named is attached to.
We spoke to Keith to find out how he developed his skills and where they will take him next.
Kirstie: How did you get into art?
Keith: Drawing and painting is something I always enjoyed but it became something more when I started school. At the time the school were running an experiment (it was in the ‘60’s). The whole infant block was open plan and the idea was that kids could enter and leave any lessons they wanted to at any time. So of course, I would wander off and draw pretty much all the time. It’s all I remember doing for those two years. More…”
Chris Achilleos, Chris Foss, Guerin Zand, Humorous Science Fiction, Jim Burns, Keith Draws, KeithDraws, Peter A. Jones, Peter Elson, Roger Dean, Sci Fi, science fantasy, science Fiction, Science fiction art, Todd Lockwood
Solving the problems of the universe is nothing compared to keeping the family content.
Battlecruiser Alamo, Chris Achilleos, Chris Foss, Frank Frazetta, Jim Burns, Keith Draws, Nebula, Peter A. Jones, Peter Elson, Richard Tongue, Roger Dean, RPG., science fantasy, science Fiction, Science fiction art, Space Battle, Space ship, starship, Todd Lockwood
This is a Tabletop RPG based on Battlecruiser Alamo with all of the artwork I’ve done for Richard Tongue’s books. It’s an artbook featuring my work and a game based on the incredible future universe and stories of Richard Tongue. Published by Shades Of Vengeance.
All the art has been inspired in one way or another by the following amazing and incredible artists (in no particular order ) and I have to thank them: Todd Lockwood, Jim Burns, Chris Foss, Chris Archilleos, Peter Elson, Roger Dean, Frank Frazetta, Peter A Jones and many more, without whom I would be painting landscapes.
Just found out “Union Station 1, 2 and 3” bundle, hit number one on Amazon’s “Humorous Science Fiction” Chart! And “Union Station 1″ is number two! ” While Union Station 13″ is number Four on the chart. Just wow…
Well done E.M. Foner!
alien, Chris Foss, design, Digital art, Fantasy, fantasy woman, Frank Frazetta, Jim Burns, Keith Draws, Peter A. Jones, Peter Elson, Sci Fi, science fantasy, science Fiction, Science fiction art, science fiction illustration, sexy woman, superhero woman, Todd Lockwood
Following the theme of the first book “Child’s Play“, Guerin asked me to show how the main character (and possibly the whole of Earth) is punished for their bad behavior by the Alien Race, who guide human advancement in the background- Mainly through the actions of Guerin’s Nemesis, Julie of the Bree. I decided to take the viewpoint of a child being told off by their mother:
The book is on sale here and if you get there quick enough it’s free and it’s a great read.
Once again you can see many of my influences there. My buddy Jim Burns (alien tech and just pure astounding difference) , Chris Foss and Peter Elson (for the sheer massive scale and detail they can imbue in their work), Peter A. Jones ( for the dynamism and the colour), Todd Lockwood (whose painting technique and compositional sense astounding to me) and once again Frank Frazetta (who achieves sexy, and dynamic with sheer class).
Posters are available here: https://keithdraws.deviantart.com/art/Punishment-by-Guerin-Zand-706231250
book cover, Bryan Choi, Cover Art, Cover design, Erica Carson, Fantasy Art, Frank Frazetta, golden ratio, Horse, Horseback, illustration, Keith Draws, science Fiction, Science fiction art, Swords of the Imperium, Todd Lockwood, Warrior on horse back
The challenge of producing art for a series.
Working on a series of covers is always a challenge and it’s important to retain a strong identity and feel. So far so good I think.
This is the second cover for the new series of science fantasy/dark fantasy books by Brian Choi and Erica Carson.
If you want to buy the book or want to know more about the Authors :
Amazon/KDP sale site: https://goo.gl/M9bxyO
Author website: www.carsonchoi.com
Author facebook: www.facebook.com/Bryan-Choi-16…
Author twitter: @bchoiemdoc
Posters here: http://keithdraws.deviantart.com/gallery/
Recently I got to know Jim Burns.
Okay so it’s only on social media but hell! This is a man who has been a great influence on my work for as long as I can remember being interested in Science fiction and he actually takes the time to talk with me. I think the first time I saw his work (at least attributed) was in Omni (a Science fiction and fact magazine) in the late 70’s.
The thing that stuck me about the way he worked was was his ability to contrast very human Star-ships, machinery and people with incredibly “alien” Alien star-ships, machines and characters. The alien part of his work can be almost jarring in it’s difference, and yet at the same time it looks very natural in the scene.
Jim is one of the most approachable, pleasant people I’ve ever had the pleasure to talk to and I still feel awestruck every time we talk.
The realism of his work and the incredible detail he applies meticulously have always been something I strive to achieve, with varying degree’s of success, but I have to say the most important thing he does is to take the viewer away from the current reality, into the reality of his science fiction. And something about the way he does this seems to connect to the almost primeval parts of the mind. The effect of looking at his work is almost like experiencing recovered memories, filled with the almost overpowering emotions of awe, excitement, and discovery. The truth is when I look at his art I almost become that “starry-eyed teen” again. Speaking of being a “starry-eyed teen” I remember the first time I saw the cover for Stanislaw Lem’s “The Cyberiad: Fables for the Cybernetic Age” painted by Jim. The image is so alien and yet at the same time so fascinating that it has stuck with me. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an image that had such a profound effect on my outlook before or since.
Since I was first introduced to Jim’s Art I wondered what it would be like to have the opportunity to work on such images. In 2012 that opportunity came about when Richard Tongue ordered three book covers from me.
He sent me the books, I read them and really enjoyed them. I remember I put together the roughs for Richard and we just couldn’t finish them fast enough. I knew then that something major was happening in my journey.
Since then Richard and I have worked together on multiple covers (more than 25 if I remember correctly) and Richard recently told me,
” You’ve done some wonderful covers for me over the years, and I always look forward to each one. Often they are some of my biggest inspirations when it comes to writing the book; it’s always great to have that in front of me, urging me on.” when he ordered this:
It is extraordinary to hear such words directed at me when I could say exactly the same thing about Richard’s and Jim’s work. Also, It would be remiss not to say that thanks to the work I’ve done for Richard I’ve also been commissioned to work on many other projects in a similar vein.
Another major influence on my outlook was the magazine OMNI and they just ran a fantastic interview with Jim that I heartily recommend you go read. It’s right here: https://omni.media/jim-burns-interview
I think all that is left to say is a big thank you to Jim for being such an inspiration to me and thank you to Richard for allowing me to put that inspiration into action
You can visit Jim’s website here:
and Richards here:
UPDATE: Jim’s reply on facebook:
As ever he is humble, and wouldn’t we all love to hear that speech. I’ve asked him if it’s around and I’ll let you know what he says.
Bellow in the comments is Richards Response and I have to say I am humbled.
I think I’m going to try and do more posts like this about creators and their influence and if possible I’ll try and get some interviews.