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“Spring” Cleaning and Missing Old Friends.

Posted in Art Stuff. with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 10, 2013 by beauschemery

I have a Deviantart account and I have never cleaned out my notes folder. I had like three-hundred notes in there. Last night I decided to clean it out and I found a series of notes that passed between Sean Hartter and myself about various and sundry things. Old friends might be a bit of an overstatement as we never met in real life but we were friends on DA and had a mutual respect for each others’ art.

You might notice I’m using the past tense. We sadly lost Mr. Hartter a few months ago and I’m feeling that loss acutely as I write this. Hartter left behind good feelings, great art and some talented offspring. He always had a kind word for me. And his son, Griffin is keeping that torch alive, both artistically and philosophically.

I don’t think enough people are familiar with the man’s work so I’ve gathered a few of my favorite examples of his art for everyone to check out. His DA page still exists and you should do yourself a favor and have a browse: http://hartter.deviantart.com/ and after you do, let Griffin know that his dad’s work is still bringing joy and kick-assery to the planet.

I’m also including the piece I drew for Sean for his Nobody the Idiot book. I don’t know if the book was ever completed but I’m casting my vote for it right now. I’d love to see it happen because Sean Hartter was not just a great artist but a great guy, and too often the two don’t go hand in hand. Enjoy.

Some of Sean's best work was his Alternate Universe movie posters. Another flick I'd pay money to see.

Some of Sean’s best work was his Alternate Universe movie posters. A flick I’d pay money to see.

This is just brilliant and their season is at hand.

This is just brilliant and their season is at hand.

The vibrant colors juxtaposed with Death in this really struck me as awesome. Plus it reminds me a little of Mike Mignola.

The vibrant colors juxtaposed with Death in this really struck me as awesome. Plus it reminds me a little of Mike Mignola.

Sean and I must have grown up around the same time because his ffrustrations with this echo my own.

Sean and I must have grown up around the same time because his ffrustrations with this echo my own.

Get creeped out.

Get creeped out.

This is by far my favorite poster and a movie I desperately want to see.

This is by far my favorite poster and a movie I desperately want to see.

I had one of these bastards as a kid. In fact I think I might still have it in the attic somewhere.

I had one of these bastards as a kid. In fact I think I might still have it in the attic somewhere.

This is just beautiful.

This is just beautiful.

Nobody, trading card style.

Nobody, trading card style.

Sean's Homage to The Secret Wars cover with Nobody.

Sean’s Homage to The Secret Wars cover with Nobody.

Another brilliant movie poster. Sean's wit was second to none.

Another brilliant movie poster. Sean’s wit was second to none.

Here's the Nobody piece I created for Sean.

Here’s the Nobody piece I created for Sean.

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The Last Blade- Cover Revealed and more…

Posted in Art Stuff., Author Announcements and Appearances. with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 22, 2013 by beauschemery

The Last Blade- Cover Revealed and more...

Here it is- the final image for the cover of The Last Blade: The Verses of Vrelenden Book Two. That’s our hero, Ren with his mage, Dish.

Here’s the blurb for the book:
Ren Mallorian is finally a hero. He helped Celestrian, the lost unicorn, complete his quest, and he defeated the kingdom’s worst enemy, Grimthorn. Now Ren lives in the capital city doing odd quests for the king and his nobles—but he misses Celestrian.

One day the king summons Ren and the Prince of Toads, a noble who has taken the role of irreverent sidekick, and tasks them with assembling a team to combat an uprising in the Zombie Kingdom. On their journey across Vrelenden, they gather allies: Discimus, an accomplished wizard and a smug bastard (it’s a good thing he’s pretty). Jaron A-Dale, the captain of a city guard and an accomplished knight. Acorn, a tiny and mysterious elf girl. And an unexpected and extremely dangerous traveling companion.

But is there more to the Zombie threat and its newly raised army of the undead than meets the eye? Ren is having a tough time keeping his head straight, and with Ren and Dish distracted—both by their romance of convenience and the absence of the men they love—this may prove Ren’s most dangerous quest yet.

And you can pre-order it here:
http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3830

I will also be attending Book Expo America in NY this year with my publisher, Harmony Ink Press. If you are going this great event stop by and say hi!