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Lovecraft ArtTor.com is running a piece on the artwork inspired by the work of Lovecraft. It’s very cool art, accompanied by each artist’s perspective on Lovecraft and the piece they created. Matt Buck, Mike Mignola, Michael Whelan, Joel Harlow, Cyril van der Haegen, Stephen Hickman, John Jude Palencar, Jason Van Hollander, Viktor Koen, and many many others share their work. Here’s how it starts out…

It doesn’t take looking at too many portfolios before you realize artists love tackling Cthulhu’s tentacled madness. Back in 2009, being then a newbie to the Old Ones, I asked a bunch of artist friends: Just what is it about Cthulhu and Co. that makes drawing, painting, and sculpting from Lovecraft so much … fun? (If fun is the right world?)

On today, H. P. Lovecraft’s 122nd birthday, hear what Michael Whelan, John Jude Palencar, Mike Mignola, Bob Eggleton, and others have to say on the topic. And then add your own! Post any Lovecraftian or tentaclian inspired art (doodles by non artists count, maybe even more so) in the comment section—horrify your friends, worry your love ones….

Check it out here: A Lovecraft Art Meme

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May
09

The Art of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

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In connection with the summer release of the 20th Century Fox motion picture Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, renowned director Timur Bekmambetov, in association with Aspen Comics, will be releasing The Art of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter deluxe edition hardcover book. The film, directed by Bekmambetov and produced by him along with Tim Burton and Jim Lemley, will be released domestically on June 22nd.

The Art of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter will contain 128 pages of never-before-seen storyboards, conceptual art, and production illustrations. Bekmambetov discusses the film and the accompanying art book’s release:

“Our visual team, led by Bazelevs’s storyboard artist Indar Dzhendubaev, created a rich and exciting world for the movie. In revisiting their art, we tried to craft a book that pushes the envelope of visual design and does justice to their great work. I am very happy that fans will finally get to enjoy the expanded world of Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter.”

Bekmambetov’s production company Bazelevs has teamed up with Aspen MLT, Inc. to produce The Art of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. David Wohl, who is overseeing the project as editor, divulged more about the behind-the-scenes book:

“Timur’s attention to detail and vision for the project, combined with the exquisite artwork for the film in the hands of Aspen’s designers, has created an “art-of” book that is truly unique and visually spectacular. It’s been a pleasure to be part of this one-of-a-kind project.”

The Art of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter will be in stores in June.

But you can preorder through Amazon now: The Art of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

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Dec
05

An Interview With Artist Eric York

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Michael Vance’s latest novel, Weird Horror Tales – Light’s End, is being heralded as a page-turning suspense thriller. Often compared to the writings of H.P. Lovecraft, Vance’s work is not for the faint of heart, featuring ten interior, outré illustrations by extraordinary artist Eric York who was recently interviewed by Richard Vasseur of Jazma On-line.

Vasseur: How did you meet Michael Vance?

York: Michael had reviewed my old comic Eldritch Pulp Adventure and contacted me a few years later to do some illustrations and book cover for some of his horror tales. Haven’t actually met him in person.

Vasseur: Why did you decide you wanted to work on Weird Horror Tales: Light’s End?

York: I enjoyed working on the earlier projects with him and like the creepy atmosphere of his Light’s End setting. He asked me to illustrate the third volume of his Weird Horror Tales trilogy and I happily agreed.

Vasseur: What type of monsters do you get to draw in Weird Horror Tales: Light’s End?

York: The only monster I got to draw was Vance’s main antagonist, Jake Horne. The guy’s pretty grotesque looking, and even worse on the inside. There’s also a mermaid illustration, but she’s not really a monster. The publisher, Airship 27, has talked to me about future projects which I hope contain lots of monstrosities. Drawing humans is fine, but I prefer to draw creatures (the weirder, the better).

Vasseur: How would you describe your art style?

York: It’s influenced by late 19th/ early 20th Century decadent illustrators (Aubrey Beardsley, Harry Clarke), mid-20th Century pulp illustrators (Virgil Finlay, Hannes Bok, Lee Brown Coye), and various comic book artists from underground to mainstream. I mostly work in black and white, but have done color pieces in the past.

Vasseur: What do you think of Light’s End the place?

York: I’ve always liked stories connected by a common locale and characters (such as Lovecraft’s Arkham, Dunwich, Innsmouth, etc.). Light’s End is another such place, full of dark secrets and sinister occupants.

Vasseur: What do you think of H.P. Lovecraft?

York: He made such a strong impact on my poor fragile nervous system when I was 11 or 12 that I’m still trying to shed his influence. He casts a very long shadow on contemporary weird fiction, art, film, etc. that it’s almost impossible to get out from under his gaze. I’ve been referred to as a “Lovecraftian artist”, which can be a mixed blessing. I’m obviously influenced by him but don’t feel that my work is completely defined by his aesthetics.

Vasseur: Why should someone pick up your Eldrich Pulp Adventure?

York: If they like kooky underground comix, they’ll probably like EPA. It’s influenced by some of the old undergrounds like Skull, Slow Death and Twisted Tales. It’s a bit transgressive in parts … definitely not for young kids. Michael Vance had this to say about it: “Wildly imaginative art, perverse sex, violence and profanity inspired by a man who would have abhorred it, horror master H.P. Lovecraft. Imagine Batman as a demon in Hell.”

Vasseur: What is Maggot Global Publishing?

York: It’s the name that I’ve published my various zines (The Hungry Maggot), comix (Tillinghast’s Moribund Fairy-Tales, Eldritch Pulp Adventure), coloring books (Vermis Rex) and tarot decks (Erebus Tarot) under. It’s been dormant for a few years, but I’m getting ready to publish again.

Vasseur: What is Zygote’s Fables and will we see it published again?

York: Zygote’s Fables was a weekly comic strip that I did for the local paper, Flag Live. I described them as horror stories disguised as nursery rhymes (they’re all done in verse). I did it for three years before the editor realized that it probably wasn’t the most appropriate thing for him to be printing in their respectable community paper. I’ll do more in the future, but not for a paper and not on a weekly basis.

Vasseur: Why do you find playing bass is something you want to do?

York: Drawing only covers part of my creative impulse … I have several muses that compete for my attention. Right now I’m focusing on art, but I plan on devoting more time to music and writing in the coming year.

Vasseur: You like movies that are a little different, what are a couple of your favorites and why?

York: I generally go for dark fantasy and supernatural horror such as The City of Lost Children, Pan’s Labyrinth, Naked Lunch, The Shining and director Tim Burton’s work. I don’t really like splatter flicks or torture porn type movies … not because I’m squeamish about gore, but because they’re generally unimaginative and redundant.

Vasseur: Where can people see your artwork online?

York: I have about 700 pieces up at tillinghast23.deviantart.com. I have other sites that host my art, but my Deviant Art page is the one to go to.

Vasseur: How can someone contact you?

York: I can be contacted at:

hungrymaggot@netscape.net
tillinghast23.deviantart.com
and on Facebook under Reginald Braithwaite (Flagstaff, AZ)

Vasseur: Any last words for those who admire your art?

York: I appreciate any admiration … thanks for the interest!

The publisher of Weird Horror Tales: Light’s End, Airship 27 publishes anthologies and novels in the pulp magazine tradition. In the past, Airship 27 has released Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective, Weird Horror Tales, and Weird Horror Tales: The Feasting.

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Aug
10

IT: The Artwork Portfolio

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If you love artwork inspired by the works of Stephen King or you’re a huge fan of IT, then Cemetery Dance Publications has a deal you won’t be able to beat — IT Artwork Portfolio.

They’ve made special arrangements with Glen Orbik, Alan M. Clark, and Erin Wells to collect all of their artwork from the Cemetery Dance Publications upcoming 25th Anniversary Edition of IT by Stephen King into one giant artwork portfolio, which will be signed by all three artists and limited to a one-time printing of just 500 sets. These special artwork portfolios will never be reprinted or reissued.

Each piece of artwork — including the 6 interior color plates, the full-color cover artwork, all of the black & white interiors, plus Erin Wells’ two pieces of color signature sheet artwork — will be printed on 11 inch by 14 inch sheets of 100# GPA Uncoated, Heavy Duty archival quality cover stock. These will be huge pieces of artwork, perfect for matting and framing if you wanted!

The portfolio is already in production at the same company that made the Blockade Billy Lettered Edition artwork portfolio, which was one of the most talked about features of that special edition. Not only will Cemetery Dance be using a similar high-quality material for the folder itself, but there will be one-color hot foil stamping on the front cover, too.

This is a one-time printing of this artwork portfolio and they will not be printing more. This set includes every piece of artwork in the book, including the two color signature sheets that will only ever be seen by the collectors who were lucky enough to snag a copy of the Limited Edition or Lettered Edition before they sold out. Plus there’s a special, full-color signature sheet signed by all three artists.

The art prints are already finished at the printer and the signature sheets will be headed to the artists next week.

Here’s where you can order: IT Artwork Portfolio

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Jul
19

Dark Europe by April A. Taylor Photography

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From the Paris Catacombs to the Magnificent Seven cemeteries in London, Europe is filled with darkness. Many people do not realize, for example, that the city of Paris sits on top of a city of the dead. From the twisted mind of award winning, internationally published and exhibited horror photographer April A. Taylor comes a new series, entitled Dark Europe, which explores some of these real-life scenes of the macabre.

For this line of work, April A. Taylor left behind the illustrative horror photography world filled with fake blood, skilled models and fully realized storylines that is her calling card. Instead she utilized only what was already in place and the results have been deemed by some to be even more disturbing than her other horror works.

Taylor’s blood-soaked and occasionally controversial pieces have been published and exhibited around the world in over 60 different books, magazines, art galleries, movies, etc. and was recently featured in Devanny Pinn’s short horror film CathARTic. Her work has garnered praise from countless industry professionals, including Fangoria.com, TheBloodSprayer.com, actress Ashley C.Williams (The Human Centipede) and several cast members from the Nightmare on Elm Street films (Lisa Wilcox, Ken Sagoes, Mark Patton and Heather Langenkamp). She has also been making appearances as an artist guest at multiple conventions around the country (next up is Detroit FanFare in September, located in her hometown of Detroit, MI).

Step into a world of darkness by visiting April A. Taylor and to be one of the first to see further pieces of the Dark Europe line, which will continue to be released slowly over the next several weeks, be sure to “like” Taylor’s Facebook page.

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Visit The Hyaena Gallery May 21st for a rare, behind the scenes look at some of the outrageous yet masterful pencil drawings that went into the making of The Ren and Stimpy Show and the unique opportunity to meet Spumco artist, Jim Smith.

From now until May 31st a variety of works will be on display from wild, rough pencil drawings to well-crafted cleanup drawings. Featuring artwork from Ren and Stimpy episodes Big House Blues, Space Madness, Fire Dogs I and II, and more. A must-see for animation fans and those curious about the 2D animation process. All artwork is for sale.

Originally hailing from Lubbock, Texas, Jim Smith is an animator and storyboard artist who has worked on such milestone cartoon series as The Ren and Stimpy Show, Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures, Samurai Jack, The X’s, Monster Vs. Aliens, Scooby Doo, and Beany Cecil and with such iconic artists as John Kricfalusi and Ralph Bakshi. To view examples of his artwork please visit his blog at: Jim Smith Cartoons

The Hyaena Gallery is Burbank’s premier gallery featuring alternative and underground artwork. For further information about the show, hours, or directions to the gallery please visit them on the web at: Hyaena Gallery

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Jae Lee has signed on to illustrate Stephen’s next Dark Tower book, The Wind Through the Keyhole, which will be published as a limited edition by Donald M. Grant Publisher. Orders are not yet being taken and a final release date has not been established.

On its website, the announcement reads: Donald M. Grant, Publisher, Inc. will, in the Spring of 2012 be publishing limited editions of this new Dark Tower novel by Stephen King which will be illustrated by Jae Lee.

Stephen King has agreed to sign 800 copies of a Deluxe Edition which will be issued in a tray case. These will also be signed by Jae Lee. In keeping with our policies of supporting long time customers, owners of Deluxe Edition copies of The Little Sisters Of Eluria numbered 1-800 will have the first option to buy this Deluxe Edition.

In addition there will be a limited “Artist” Edition which will be signed by Jae Lee and will be issued in a slipcase.

For more details about this upcoming limited edition, visit: Donald M. Grant Publisher

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