Current Work

This portrait of my beautiful Scrabble-partner Saamanta is a kind of happy accident.

It’s not the final version that will appear in the mystery project I’ve been working on – but it’s become its own sort of finished piece.

While that’s never really happened before, as I move into this new (to me) technique of working up large pencils and then painting, perhaps such accidents will happen more often….

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Art Appreciation

I met Pat Ann Lewis-MacDougall years ago (in the company of her equally talented husband, Larry MacDougall). Memory whispers that her background included work for the esteemed Canadian animation company Nelvana. But memory can be tricky. In any case, her award-winning work (often featuring animals and spirits) has been seen in a variety of forms and is now focused on in Children’s books.

I especially admire the animation in her figures and the joy with which they inhabit their worlds. I hope you’ll share my enthusiasm.

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Art Appreciation

Stephanie Pui-Mun Law spent years in some of the same trenches I did (Games, Spectrum, Llewelyn books, et al). But where I seem to have emerged caked in mud, Stephanie has soared skyward. Her award-winning work is featured in galleries, books and her own deck of Tarot cards. Her elegant and detailed watercolors limn magical and unearthly vistas populated by very real animals. Enjoy!

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Current Work

Time for more Month of Love! Here are weeks three and four!

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Month of Love – Week 3: Keys

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As I thought about keys, I knew I wanted to show them in their glorious variety. I thought I had a plan, but then I saw the brilliant cover that Michael Kaluta had recently made for Joe Hill’s Locke & Key. There was no way I was going to compete with that!

But then I thought of a scene in Return to Oz – the game of finding things – and I remembered Silver, the Clockwork Girl of Oz. I’d invented her (and several other Oz characters) years ago for a still-secret project with old friend Keith Baker, and it struck me that she summed up much of what I was feeling. I hope you like her as much as she would like you.

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A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L’Engle

Meg Murry is changing, and so is the cancer that is eating her younger brother alive.
So too is the the ‘Drive of Dragons’ that Charles Wallace witnesses in the wood.
Metamorphoses bring risk but, if we are true and brave and kind, also opportunity.

Art Appreciation

I met Traci Cook years ago when she was still a student here in Portland.

It’s been a joy to watch her grow and evolve as a person and as an artist.

She has done all kinds of production work I cannot show here, but her bird series is happily something I can.

Her work can be found here: http://www.tlcookdesigns.com/

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Art Appreciation

Wylie Beckert is another young artist whose wonderful work mixes darkness, whimsy, and emphasis on characters and storytelling.

Unlike most of the people whose work you’ll see me share, Wylie and I have something in common – we are self-taught.

She’s spent these last months working on a set of playing cards (and an Art Book) called Wicked Kingdom: http://www.wickedkingdomdeck.com/

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Art Appreciation

Amy Crehore is a fine artist and musician.

After a long career illustrating for magazines like Rolling Stone and Playboy, her award-winning work is most often found in galleries these days (and sometimes on ukuleles).

She’s also an amazingly lovely person and friend (though I see her far less than I would like).

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2013: Art Year in Review

2013 was delightful in its variety. And while I cannot show (or in some cases even mention) some of that work (due to confidentiality agreements and other arcane processes), it all made for a challenging and rewarding year. Below is a short tour of the year’s many images:

Check These Out: 2014

2014CoverAs I’ve done each of the last 3 years, I painted a pin-up calendar in collaboration with a non-profit. This year it was The Clarion Foundation for their Writer’s Workshop – a fitting group for Literary Pin-Ups. It was an honor and a pleasure to work with so many talented authors and I am quite pleased with the result of our collaboration. Pat Murphy wrote a splendid piece about working with me on her painting.

The 2014 calendar I did is eligible for a Hugo as Best Related Work.

2014CalendarCompilationFULLCovers:

Good Intentions & Natural Consequences by Elliott Kay

IntentionsFinalEviscerated: Feminism’s First Daughter by AJ DeFaria

eviscerationfinalThe Best of Joe Haldeman by Joe Haldeman for Subterranean Press

BestOfJoeHaldemanCD Covers for the eponymous Copper & Coal and for Horsetamer by Julia Ecklar

2013CDcoversStarstruck by Elaine Lee, Michael Kaluta (and me).
2013’s successful Kickstarter campaign was the easy part – I’ve still many a page to paint!

Starstruck copyConventions:

Lower left: Norwescon program cover, Lower right: Keycon program cover

fgddfgsThis is the “quilt” of pre-existing images I made for Norwescon, the first of the conventions it was my honor to serve as Guest of Honor this year.

CenterfoldFLATAmbercon Northwest T-shirt Design

Amber20130finalGames:

13th Age and 13 True Ways

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13thAgeIcons13th Age (which I Art Directed and painted with Aaron McConnell) did come out in 2013.
And while its follow-on book 13 True Ways isn’t out yet, below is the cover in progress (with several obvious instances of Aaron McConnell’s excellent pencil work still on display):

13TrueWaysThe Doom that Came to Atlantic City, a game I’ve been playing and talking about for decades, is finally set to appear (with rules by Keith Baker and pieces by Paul Komoda) in Q1 of 2014 from Cryptozoic. And in addition to adjusting the assets to create a print-and-play version, I reworked the assets for the final printing. Here are some of the card backs:

DoomI worked with Patricia Smith on 15 pieces for Rich Baker’s game Primeval Thule.
I look forward to seeing the final book!

PatPosters:

Andy Prieboy in Los Angeles

zAndyFlattererMacBeth in Philadelphia

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Collaborations:

With the marvelous Aly Fell:

AlyFellCollaborationPainting over the pencils of Mark Dos Santos in the style of JC Leyendecker:

SIFMiscellaneous:

My annual live-painting carney-sideshow at the HP Lovecraft Film Festival
This year the audience suggested The King in Yellow at a Sushi Bar.

KingInYellowSushi copyKitty and Drew knew winter was coming. Judging by her photos of Boston, she was right!

Vikings28Glorianna was painted for the Starstruck Kickstarter.

GloriannaWide2Before guesting at the North American Discworld Convention in July, I had begun a series of Small Gods, inspired in part by Terry Pratchett. But that was months ago, and at the rate of one per day, I have now completed more than 200. I post them daily on:

Screen Shot 2013-12-31 at 5.43.28 PMThey can be purchased on my new web site at www.leemoyer.com/smallgods

BlogSmallGodsI have on occasion taken the opportunity Small Gods resents to work a little beyond my 1-hour time-limit to create paintings, like the Small God of Holiday Turduckling below.

JohnMaddenEatsDucklingsI had some real breakthrough pieces in 2013 and I am looking forward to seeing where my work goes in 2014. Already on the agenda: 2 covers, an alphabet book, an overview of Hobbiton, a whole lot of Starstruck, and the desire to find a literary and merchandizing agent for the high-concept books I want to see published in 2015!