This painting is for a themed group show called "Wizards and Warriors" that is to be in L.A. I guess it's pretty orthodox as far as fantasy goes, I didn't really try to stretch the boundaries like "what is a wizard, really?" I was thinking a lot about Ash Wood and Frazetta when I painted it. I really like the way it was painted, it's more "painterly" than most of my work and I had a lot of fun making it. It was nice to make something where I could just be silly and not have to worry about it being brilliant. If I just made covers like this for metal bands it would take a lot of the stress out of coming up with a good concept.
These two will hopefully be published in an upcoming issue of Ellipsis Magazine. I got a job doing web design, and I start in about 10 days. I will have to get up at 7 for this job so I started today so I can get used to it. I emailed this art director at about 9 and I got impatient so I just started and finished the illustrations, even though he still hasn't approved the sketches. If he doesn't like them for some reason, I'll just do something else.