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Advent of the Magic Eater by keithdraws Advent of the Magic Eater :iconkeithdraws:keithdraws 4 0 Outcast Final poster by keithdraws Outcast Final poster :iconkeithdraws:keithdraws 4 0 Starcruiser Polaris Omnibus. by keithdraws Starcruiser Polaris Omnibus. :iconkeithdraws:keithdraws 3 0 Punishment by Guerin Zand by keithdraws Punishment by Guerin Zand :iconkeithdraws:keithdraws 5 1 Shodows in the Sky By Richard Tongue by keithdraws Shodows in the Sky By Richard Tongue :iconkeithdraws:keithdraws 8 0 Childs Play by Guerin Zand by keithdraws Childs Play by Guerin Zand :iconkeithdraws:keithdraws 5 4 Swords Of The Imperium - Portrait by keithdraws Swords Of The Imperium - Portrait :iconkeithdraws:keithdraws 3 0 Swords Of The Imperium by keithdraws Swords Of The Imperium :iconkeithdraws:keithdraws 1 0 Guns Of The Temple by Bryan Choi and Erica Carson by keithdraws Guns Of The Temple by Bryan Choi and Erica Carson :iconkeithdraws:keithdraws 1 0 Guns Of The Temple  by Bryan Choi and Erica Carson by keithdraws Guns Of The Temple by Bryan Choi and Erica Carson :iconkeithdraws:keithdraws 3 0 Pyrrhic Victory  by Richard Tongue by keithdraws Pyrrhic Victory by Richard Tongue :iconkeithdraws:keithdraws 2 0 Operation Damocles  by Richard Tongue by keithdraws Operation Damocles by Richard Tongue :iconkeithdraws:keithdraws 2 0 The Dark Forest by keithdraws The Dark Forest :iconkeithdraws:keithdraws 0 0 The Dark Forest Landscape by keithdraws The Dark Forest Landscape :iconkeithdraws:keithdraws 2 0 Nash- the Abduction by Mason Dodd by keithdraws Nash- the Abduction by Mason Dodd :iconkeithdraws:keithdraws 2 0 Forbidden Seas by keithdraws Forbidden Seas :iconkeithdraws:keithdraws 3 0

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Advent of the Magic Eater
"Advent of the Magic Eater" By Chamberlain Potts is set in a fascinating low tech world of magic and violence.

When I read this I soon realized I was faced with depicting the two main characters from entirely different backgrounds, who found themselves at the very bottom of society in what seems like a hopeless situation, facing the loss of everything they ever knew. Not only this, but they also find themselves hunted by the powerful red mages. Somehow they connect and with their own special skills are able to help one another face the future, and attempt to rise above their awful circumstances.

All of this is what I needed to convey with my cover. So I've created a piece that shows the three main protagonists, the threat and the connection, and I've added subtle hints about the kind of magic "the "magic eater" feeds on in the title, all with the intention of creating the question "what  happens  next?" 

It was a great challenge.

The book is available on Amazon and can also be downloaded free here: claims.instafreebie.com/free/T…
The Authors Website is here: chamberlainpotts.com/

You can probably see that the main influences for this image were Frank Frazetta and Todd Lockwood.
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Outcast Final poster

Solving the problems of the universe is nothing compared to keeping the family content.

After reading the hilarious yet thoughtful book by Guerin Zand, the cover became obvious to me.
The book is free right now  and  you can pick it up here: goo.gl/FbFGJA
There is a very heavy Frazetta influence, and of course overtones from Jim Burns, Peter A. Jones, Chris Foss, Chris Archilleos, Peter Elson, Roger Dean and of course The Great Todd Lockwood.
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Starcruiser Polaris Omnibus.
With these covers, I’m doing my best to push the envelope.
Action, intrigue and amazing vistas are all considerations so for this image, I imagined the Starcruiser Polaris bursting out of a nebular, guns blazing,  and I set about it. After a few false starts, this was the result.
I love the idea that space has so many things we don’t understand, so many things we can’t even imagine (though I’m trying). I’m utterly awestruck when I think about this stuff and even more so when I’m asked to illustrate some of these incredible ideas by fine authors like Richard.

I do my utmost to infect the viewer with these feelings too just as my favourite artists did to me. People like : (in no particular order )  and I have to thank them: Todd Lockwood, Jim Burns, Chris Foss, Chris Archilleos, Peter Elson, Roger Dean, Rodney Mathews, Frank Frazetta, Peter A Jones and many more, without whom I would be painting landscapes.

This cover wraps the set as one book and so is no doubt a bargain you should not miss.

Check out his Author page on Amazon: goo.gl/Q1TCCZ

And his personal Blog: richardtongue.blogspot.com/

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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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keithdraws
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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