This blog represents the work and thoughts of Howard Lyon, Artist and Illustrator

Mary Robinette Kowal "Word Puppet" cover

I am excited to announce that my painting Body Language will be used for the cover of the upcoming release of Word Puppet, and collection of short fiction by Mary Robinette Kowal.  I originally created the painting to go with her short story Body Language that was published in the Intergalactic Medicine Show quarterly. 

I loved the original story, which makes me all the more excited and honored to have my painting on the cover of this collection of work (and to get a copy when it comes out this fall.  Thank you Mary, Paula and Prime Books!

Body Language - Final.jpg

The Sign Painter

I love things that are made by hand.  You will see me feature work from many different artists here, like this post.

Here is a very quick little video about a sign painter, Mike Langley.  When I walk by a shop and they have a hand painted sign, I am automatically more interested.  It says a lot about a company when they go through the expense and effort to have something like their name and brand represented with tradition, skill and class.

Products that I Love

I am often asked by students or parents of young artists what tools I use or if there are books that I recommend, so I put together a page on my site with links to the tools I use and the books I have found to be indispensable.

You can find the 'Books and Tools' page in the 'Store' section of the top navigation bar on this site, or follow the link below.  I hope you will find it useful.  I have more to add, so check back in periodically!

The inspiring art of David A. Smith - Traditional Ornamental Glass Artist

David A. Smith created the album cover for John Mayer's album Born and Raised as well as a couple other pieces for the album promotion.  I love the dedication David shows to his chosen craft.  He is very connected to the work he is doing and approaches it with a wonderful ethic and expertise.  The results are amazing, but the process is more so.  

Watching the video inspires me to excel.  Take a look and let me know if you feel the same way:

One Fantastic Week

Peter Mohrbacher and Samuel Flegal host a show called "One Fantastic Week" where they sit down for an hour and talk about life and business and answer questions from viewers.  I had the opportunity to sit down with them this last week and had a great time.

Here is the video


One Fantastic Week - website
Peter Mohrbacher - website
Sam Flegal - website

Persephone in Autumn - Oil Sketch 5" x 5"

Here is a painting of my daughter Belle, as Persephone.  I did this little sketch over about 3.5 hours and a couple days.  I thought I would try doing a time lapse and set my camera to take a shot every 30 seconds.  It was a neat experience to see the painting played back this way.  It is a unique opportunity for artists since the invention of photography, and most likely not used a lot in until the last century or so.  On top of that, it hasn't ever been so convenient as the last 5 years where taking interval shots is built into a lot of cameras.