I am inspired by all kinds of things. Sometimes I get something stuck in my head and it triggers a flow of ideas. It might be another writer’s work that sparks an idea for my stories, or it might be a piece of music…but often it’s art.
Art is something I’ve long dabbled in, but frankly…I’m crap at it. Recently, I bought a small, cheap digital tablet so I could have a crack at doing digital art. Mostly so I could put some character concept pictures up on this very website. It’s been a fun ride, but I have to HUGELY thank the people listed below for their help and support.
When I get published and make my millions…these are the people who will find their commission queues filling up! I suggest you try and get there before I do!
When I was looking for an artist to tackle my book covers, I needed a commercial artist with experience in creating that kind of thing. Sylessae recommended Marlena Mozgowa.
HOLY COW! What an amazing and inspired recommendation.
She’s a JOY to work with. From the first rough sketch, to the final product, giving her insight and feedback along the way. The results are beyond anything I could have dreamt possible. It’s like she plucked out the vision in my head and manifested it in art form.
By now you’ll have seen her art ALL OVER this website. She’s now my ‘go to’ artist for all my artistic needs! I don’t see that changing, I want her on board for all my projects! LOL Sorry Marlena!
In the meantime, check out the sample BELOW, and PLEASE go check out her Instagram…which is GORGEOUS!
Her paintings are STUNNING! Simply gorgeous.
And if that was all she had going for her, then that would be plenty… but she’s also one of the kindest, funniest, most supportive and positive people you will EVER meet. I bought the Rajni piece and it hangs proudly on my wall. (If you read my books when they come out, you’ll understand why!)
You will find SO MUCH AWESOMENESS there! Go find her on Twitter, and when you’ve done that, go find her Patreon and Twitch, too. (Twitch especially… her Twitch streams are things of pure joy! Watch long enough and the googly eyes usually make an appearance!)
Quick update! (Blog post found here!)
I got sent the most BEAUTIFUL painting of my main character Gayle as done by Syl.
It was a gift from her and the amazingly generous @Nikki_Twisted.
I love it soooooo much!
Sometimes Twitter throws something at you that makes you do a serious double-take.
And yes…this is her art. She does the most incredible animal art that looks basically almost photo-realistic.
Every time a new piece goes up, it BLOWS my mind. Her color art, her black and white art… WOW! Every piece is a masterwork the likes of which I have rarely seen!
And not only is she talented…but she’s a lovely person, too!
Check out her website on the link above for more of her amazing art!
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So, we’ve just had Christmas, and Wifey surprised me with the most amazing gift. Honestly folks…if you’re impressed by Cassy’s work above, then you REALLY NEED to check out this link (for as long as it’s up!) and see those Mad Skillz™ in action…
CHECK THIS OUT!
So, if you checked out the update above, you’ll have seen the work in progress…
…Well, now we have the final finished MASTERPIECE!!!
This is Cassy’s painting of our furbaby Vixen. It’s amazing!
Honestly, I can’t recommend her work enough. Thanks, Cassy! xxx
I’m proud to say that I’ve been personal friends with Balefyren for a number of years now, (we met through my wife!) and her art has NEVER failed to astonish me.
What’s more, every piece she creates and posts seems to just get better and better. A number of her paintings have been a direct inspiration to my writing, including this one to the right.
I LOVE her work. So, PLEASE, go and support her on Twitter and go buy her stuff from the websites above!
She also streams her art on Twitch, so go give her a look see on there. Tell her Jon sent you!
Ahhhh, Lemon. Her streams on Twitch are wonderful. Not JUST because of her art, but because often she’ll stop to answer your questions about how to do things. For a learner artist (like me!), that is just invaluable. She NEVER makes you feel like it’s a chore to her – she just joyfully throws herself into it.
Want to learn how to draw noses? Lemon will show you! Want to learn how to do lineart? Lemon will show you lineart.
Veparion is a relatively new artist learning her craft and she is making STRIDES! In the short time I’ve been following her on Twitter, she’s come on in leaps and bounds. Not only that, she’s one of the sweetest, nicest people you’ll ever meet. Always excited to take on a project and super enthusiastic about art.
The world needs more Veparions in it!
I think she’s just started a Patreon account too, so go take a look and give her your support!
Zei is another wonderful artist who is not only extremely talented, but also a lovely human being. Her Twitch streams are a lot of fun and not only does she make great art, but also sometimes hosts live game-streaming. Everything you need to know about her you can find below!
She’s recently finished some commission work for me. These two amazing portraits of Gayle and Allyson. You’ll find them on the profile pages for those two characters. I love these portraits!
I met Dee online gaming in the classic City of Heroes, and we spent much time saving the city together. When I found out that Dee was an artist too…well, I had to check out her work! From there it was a given I would commission her. Dee is the O.G. artist for my fan art needs. She was on board with me from day 1, doing spectacular art for my Femme Fatales books.
The thing that staggers me the most about Dee is that she can turn her attention to any medium and she excels. From digital, to ink, to paint and brush. She has a Facebook page with LOADS of piccies on it called ‘Art by Dee’. Go check it out, her work is absolutely awesome!
The pièce de résistance, however, is the following…
To explain… Wifey and I got married in August 2015. To that wedding, we invited a whole bunch of our City of Heroes friends. To commemorate the occasion, we got the requisite photo…but also got the above ‘selfie’ picture of everyone’s characters from the game.
She’s a New York-based artist, so alas she couldn’t make the wedding herself, but we’ll always have this art, framed and signed by everyone who attended, hanging in our den.
And if you’re wondering…her character SupaDee is the one on the far right of the frame who’s seemingly taking the selfie!
Admittedly, I don’t know Tyler Wilson well. We found him at a convention and loved his art style so much we commissioned him. His art became a huge inspiration for Songbird.
Please check out his stuff on Facebook.
Kat provided my excellent piccy of Gayle (look right!) and was kind enough to be a kind of beta-reader for Songbird.
I love her art style (and will be back for more!) and her feedback on my book has been utterly invaluable.
Give her a follow on Twitter and go check out her Etsy shop!