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Title: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: jthorenz on July 27, 2020, 12:14:15 AM
Hope this is right place for this,

I am a Scifi fantasy Illustrator, wanted to share my newest style test with you all. I love how much character paperback covers from back in the day used to have. So I am trying to market this hoping somebody feels the same way I do would hire me for a project. You can check out the example pieces at my website https://www.jthorenzart.com/vintage-1 (https://www.jthorenzart.com/vintage-1)


let me know what you think. If you know for somebody who would be interested I would love to hear   :rockon:
Title: Re: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: bob48 on July 27, 2020, 05:40:08 AM
Having been reading SciFi since my teens, I've always had a soft spot for a lot of the old paperback cover artwork; there have been some real classics, although to be honest, I never really paid a lot of attention to the artists themselves.
Title: Re: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: bbmike on July 27, 2020, 08:12:28 AM
I'm with Bob, I love the old SciFi book covers. I spent many years in my teens in used book stores admiring (and buying) them.
Title: Re: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: mirth on July 27, 2020, 08:29:12 AM
I spent many years in my teens in used book stores admiring (and buying) them.

Those were whiskey labels. You were in the liquor store.
Title: Re: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: bbmike on July 27, 2020, 09:09:11 AM
Sometimes the lines blur:

(https://www.aarcentral.com/pics3/msw.png)

Then again, that's also probably the whiskey.  :D
Title: Re: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: jthorenz on July 27, 2020, 12:04:11 PM
Haha, the lines do sometimes blur.

Having been reading SciFi since my teens, I've always had a soft spot for a lot of the old paperback cover artwork; there have been some real classics, although to be honest, I never really paid a lot of attention to the artists themselves.

Yeah I was the same, I more recently started to go back and look at the illustrators. one of my painting professors always made us, so its become a force of habbit ever since.

to name a few
Jeffery Catherine Jones
(https://raggedclawsnetwork.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/jeffrey-jones_the-new-adam_ny-avon-1969_v2288.jpg)
Richard Corben
(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/97/1c/90/971c9041bd3a2a5f1cf39a11491a89b4.jpg)
Bruce Pennington
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EA6JY-0XoAEn5O9.jpg)
Title: Re: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: bob48 on July 27, 2020, 12:15:08 PM
I had that edition of DUNE  :bigthumb:
Title: Re: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: bayonetbrant on July 27, 2020, 12:54:27 PM
go check out Henry Vogel's twitter feed, where he had a "SciFi Daily" feature running for months with a lot of different classic book/magazine covers
Title: Re: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: bob48 on July 27, 2020, 01:34:42 PM
I remember an edition of Robert Heinlein's 'Glory Road' that had a particularly striking cover.
Title: Re: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: bbmike on July 27, 2020, 01:40:23 PM
If you search for classic Sci Fi book art on Google Images you get countless results. The one thing I wish I could find is somewhere to see just the art without the text and other stuff on the cover like this (from one of my favorite authors):

(https://www.aarcentral.com/pics3/6689653b30c968a96f27415e922fd9db.jpg)
Title: Re: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: bob48 on July 27, 2020, 02:34:28 PM
Simak wrote some great books  :bigthumb:
Title: Re: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: jthorenz on July 27, 2020, 09:46:39 PM
If you search for classic Sci Fi book art on Google Images you get countless results. The one thing I wish I could find is somewhere to see just the art without the text and other stuff on the cover like this (from one of my favorite authors):

wow! you just gave me a new fantasy artist to fall in love with haha.
(https://raggedclawsnetwork.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/kelly-freas_the-werewolf-principle_ny-daw-1982_ue1708.jpg)

Hes got so many great pieces. If your interested in finding more images without the text you may want to check out this book. It seems to have what your looking for by the example given in the preview https://www.amazon.com/Frank-Kelly-Freas-Science-Fiction/dp/091544237X (https://www.amazon.com/Frank-Kelly-Freas-Science-Fiction/dp/091544237X)
Title: Re: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: jthorenz on August 22, 2020, 04:25:10 PM
Wanted to share with you all my recent commission for a Stone Skin Spell Card

 (https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/473278094250082305/746610106158022697/Stone_skin_Low_Res.jpg)



for more of my  fantasy art check out my website at https://www.jthorenzart.com/ (https://www.jthorenzart.com/)   :bigthumb:
Title: Re: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: bayonetbrant on August 22, 2020, 05:34:59 PM
That's really nice
Title: Re: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: bob48 on August 22, 2020, 05:53:43 PM
Yes, it is indeed.
Title: Re: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: JasonPratt on August 22, 2020, 06:12:22 PM
Too bad my fantasy series never got off the ground; I was always in the market for promotional artists. Good luck!
Title: Re: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: jthorenz on August 28, 2020, 12:21:16 PM
Thank you guys! Much appreciated.



Title: Re: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: jthorenz on August 28, 2020, 12:23:50 PM
Too bad my fantasy series never got off the ground; I was always in the market for promotional artists. Good luck!

Thank you! Also that is a shame =( .
Title: Re: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: jthorenz on August 28, 2020, 12:27:05 PM
Here is another fantasy piece recently done for a job proposal for a children's book

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/518854790755909650/748750419949518888/Tales_of_vowella.jpg)
Title: Re: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: bayonetbrant on August 28, 2020, 01:23:53 PM
we're gonna have to talk about some artwork for the site :)
Title: Re: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: bob48 on August 28, 2020, 01:51:47 PM
That is outstanding.
Title: Re: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: jthorenz on August 28, 2020, 03:18:01 PM
we're gonna have to talk about some artwork for the site :)

oh boy, I am interested :). I will keep my eyes on the messages portal.

Title: Re: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: jthorenz on August 28, 2020, 03:18:40 PM
That is outstanding.

Thank you Bob!
Title: Re: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: Martok on August 28, 2020, 03:33:47 PM
Dang, jthorenz.  That's really cool! 
Title: Re: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: Hethwill on August 29, 2020, 08:08:24 PM
you might want to check with FireForge Games

https://twitter.com/FireforgeGames/status/1298945541829730304

They searching for illustrators.
Title: Re: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: jthorenz on August 31, 2020, 01:02:33 PM
Dang, jthorenz.  That's really cool!

Thank you!
Title: Re: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: jthorenz on August 31, 2020, 01:03:42 PM
you might want to check with FireForge Games

https://twitter.com/FireforgeGames/status/1298945541829730304

They searching for illustrators.

Woah! thank you so much for recommendation I will shoot them a message.
Title: Re: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: jthorenz on September 06, 2020, 02:09:16 PM
I scored a commission from the author of the children's book series I did the proposal for in my previous post . Posting the two variations I did, and also pictures from along the way. This piece was a lot of fun to create especially the hair.

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/518854790755909650/751129399667196078/Gold_Orange_Hair.jpg)

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/518854790755909650/750940743522058251/Kip_wings_opening_peice_ver_2.jpg)

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/518854790755909650/751130976046022747/Kip_progression_.jpg)

Title: Re: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: bob48 on September 06, 2020, 02:10:47 PM
 :bigthumb:
Title: Re: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: bayonetbrant on September 06, 2020, 02:50:42 PM
That's some excellent work dude 👍
Title: Re: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: bbmike on September 06, 2020, 04:57:28 PM
+100! It reminds me a lot of those Simak covers I mentioned. Great stuff!  :bigthumb:
Title: Re: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: Tolstoi on September 06, 2020, 05:30:02 PM
That is an amazing piece of art you created. Thank you for sharing it with us. I hope this leads to many more commissions for you in the not too distant future.  :)
Title: Re: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: jthorenz on September 12, 2020, 01:20:57 PM
Thank you everyone! <3 the words are greatly appreciated
Title: Re: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: jthorenz on September 30, 2020, 06:58:41 PM
two recent character commissions I did for D&D players.

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/728685055911788600/760998573406945321/Atlaillustrationwithtextandoiltexture.png)


(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/728685055911788600/760998616630034432/DaemonbrighteyesfinalwmaskLR.png)
Title: Re: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: bob48 on September 30, 2020, 06:59:39 PM
Those are awesome!
Title: Re: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: Martok on September 30, 2020, 07:02:03 PM
That's just damn cool.  :2thumbs: 
Title: Re: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: bayonetbrant on September 30, 2020, 07:33:29 PM
That top one especially looks excellent
Title: Re: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: bbmike on September 30, 2020, 07:39:41 PM
^What they said.  :bigthumb:
Title: Re: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: thecommandtent on September 30, 2020, 07:45:23 PM
Great work!
Title: Re: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: jthorenz on October 01, 2020, 10:45:05 AM
I am so glad you guys are enjoying them! One of the elements that I find most rewarding working in illustration is to be able to bring a persons wonderful idea and building upon it to bring our eyes closer to his or her vision.
Title: Re: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: Tolstoi on October 02, 2020, 12:47:28 AM
The details in your artwork are amazing. The fish carved into the stone wall on the right in Daemon Bright Eyes and the emblem on the shield in Atla are great. Thank you for sharing your work with us.
Title: Re: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: jthorenz on October 02, 2020, 01:12:05 AM
The details in your artwork are amazing. The fish carved into the stone wall on the right in Daemon Bright Eyes and the emblem on the shield in Atla are great. Thank you for sharing your work with us.

My pleasure Tolstoi! Its so great to share this with a community that I know will get a kick out of it. Those elements were both very fun to paint. and was very happy with the yellow and blue contrast (stone fish) in that area.  Here is one more commission for the goblin player just finished tonight.

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/518854790755909650/761453409705787393/Bright_Eyes_portrait_LR_With_text.jpg)
Title: Re: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: jthorenz on October 06, 2020, 02:44:46 PM
(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/518854790755909650/762901859940958249/Ivan_Illustration_LR.jpg)

Clients favorite color was orange so I surprised them with a primarily orange painting, tis the season after all =)
Title: Re: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: Tolstoi on October 06, 2020, 02:50:44 PM

Clients favorite color was orange so I surprised them with a primarily orange painting, tis the season after all =)

Very Excellent! When I saw this, I immediately thought it was more of your great cover art for a book. Your client is getting a wonderful piece of art. :bigthumb:
Title: Re: Paperback Artstyle For D&D and Video Game Projects
Post by: jthorenz on October 07, 2020, 01:01:10 AM
haha  I am glad its recognizable. Thank you for the compliment! he was very happy with it, and the rest of his group are contemplating reaching out as well. Hoping to hear back!