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Punishment by Guerin Zand
Following the theme of the first book "Child's Play", Guerin asked me to show how the main character (and possibly the whole of Earth) is punished for their bad behavior by the Alien Race, who guide human advancement in the background- Mainly through the actions of Guerin's Nemesis, Julie of the Bree.  I decided to take the viewpoint of a child being told off by their mother.

The book is on sale here and if you get there quick enough it's free and it's a great read.

Once again you can see many of my influences there. My buddy Jim Burns (alien tech and just pure astounding difference) , Chris Foss and Peter Elson (for the sheer massive scale and detail they can imbue in their work), Peter A. Jones ( for the dynamism and the colour), Todd Lockwood (whose painting technique and compositional sense astounding to me) and once again Frank Frazetta (who achieves sexy, and dynamic with sheer class).

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Shodows in the Sky By Richard Tongue

I really enjoy working on Richard's Tongues Space opera covers. This time he asked me to do whatever I wanted and he'd use it as inspiration so I did a Dyson Sphere. I just read the book and wow!


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Childs Play by Guerin Zand

When Gurin got in touch with me he told me:

 “I’ve seen your work for E. M. Foner’s Union Station series and I think your style is exactly what I am looking for.
I have the concept for what I want, based on an event in the book, and it does include a beautiful woman which I want to be sexy, innocent, funny but not sexual. That is why I think you’re work on Union Station is spot on.”

I liked the sound of this and after reading the book the image almost created itself in my mind. It’s an unusual book that tells the tale of a very different alien abduction. The protagonist has a lot of extraordinary experiences to deal with and uses his razor sharp, yet gentle wit, to carry  himself (and the reader) through the journey of a lifetime.
Guerin’s original idea was to have one of the main characters posed as I’ve shown her in front of the shuttle and while I liked this I was afraid it wouldn’t indicate enough  of what the reader would experience so I decide to feature some of the more spectacular scenery from the book too and after I’d worked out a layout, we both agreed this was the way to go.

I’m sure if you care to look you’ll see some of the influences there. My buddy Jim Burns (he’s so good at alien tech and aliens in general that I always have to look through his stuff  just try and get into that headspace) , Chris Foss (for the sheer massive scale he can imbue in his work), Peter A. Jones ( for the dynamism and the colour), Todd Lockwood (whose painting technique and compositional sense astounding to me) and I’m of course trying to channel a little Frank Frazetta there (and I feel like maybe I succeeded a little this time).
I have to admit to being very pleased with the end result.

You can pick the book up here:

www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B071K95PG5

www.amazon.com/dp/B071K95PG5

www.smashwords.com/books/view/…

and posters are here: keithdraws.deviantart.com/

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Keith Johnston
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
United States
I was born in the UK some time ago and I've always loved to draw.

Currently I work as an illustrator. My work is mainly produced for Book covers and book interior illustration but I am happy to take on illustration work for any project. All my current work is produced with a Wacom Cintiq and manga studio.


I enjoy most kinds of music so long as its good and can be played live. I used t0 play lead guitar and sing in a rock band around my local area but I have given up to focus on art.

Current Residence: Mexico
Favorite genre of music: Various
Favorite style of art: Actual art that takes skill and instantly and clearly communicates a message.
Operating System: Windows 7
Favourite cartoon character: Bugs Bunny
Contact me: keithdraws@gmail.com
Interests
Well first off I moved to Texas and Wendy and I got married. :D
We are very happy.


I wish you Peace and Freedom :D
  • Listening to: music
  • Reading: blogs
  • Watching: my weight
  • Playing: the saw
  • Eating: too much
  • Drinking: coffee and more coffee and more coffee

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:iconluispuig:
LuisPuig Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Professional General Artist
Happy birthday Keith
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keithdraws Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
cheers bub!
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Huwman Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Professional
I appreciate the fave!
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keithdraws Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
:) I appreciate the work
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Huwman Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2016  Professional
:thumbsup:
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hopeburnsblue Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Professional Writer
Thank you for the :+devwatch:, Keith! :happybounce:
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JonathanBluestone Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Professional Artist
Am I to understand that you worked on the Judge Dredd story Origins? I have a copy of this and do not recall seeing your artwork included. I could of course be in error, but would like to know. Thanks.
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keithdraws Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
LOL I wish. No I used the script to produce some samples, mainly for practice. I love Dredd so I had a go at that. :D
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JonathanBluestone Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Professional Artist
Perfectly understandable - and yes, had wondered as your style and the style which was eventually represented in the pre-amble, as well as the main story did not resemble your work.
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dazza1008 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
Welcome to Dreddheads, Citizen. Dredd smile by QUELLER-UA

:bulletred: Introduce yourself here
:bulletred: A lot of Dredd art is in our faves
:bulletred: Since many praise the movie Dredd (2012) as a faithful adaptation and awesome movie, please make sure to sign the official petition if you'd like a sequel.

~:peace:
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