Illustration

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

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.

 

Force Cantrithor - book cover

This painting is my sixth painting for Michael McCloskey, done for his latest book, Force Cantrithor.  Lots of fun to work on and if you haven't read his books, you really should treat yourself and go buy them.  They are all priced so that you don't really have to think about it.  Force is priced at $2.99 right now, a bargain.  Here is the blurb from the back side:

Space is vast. No matter how much firepower you have, you can’t defeat your enemy unless you know exactly where and when to strike. That’s why Lieutenant Emil is so critical to his task force. He’s a type of electromagnetic warfare specialist called an emmer serving in an interstellar war. However, Emil is slowly going insane— a path already taken by two other emmers in the task force. He's seeing scenes from all over the ship, noticing things that can’t be real, and starting to doubt his own humanity. What’s worse, the war isn’t going well, and the crew of the flagship Excalibur are dependent upon Emil to do his job better than ever before. 

When the alien enemies called the Vothriles ask for a secret meeting in deep space with Emil’s task force, everyone is suspicious. The warship Excalibur heads out to meet with the alien foes that no Terran yet understands. The Vothriles propose joining forces against an even greater common menace, a mysterious enemy code-named "Force Cantrithor".

No one knows if Force Cantrithor can be defeated, or if the Vothriles can be trusted. But it may not matter. How much longer can Emil hold it together, anyway?

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Force Cantrithor - Lyon
Force Cantrithor - Lyon

I have also enjoyed doing the design work for several of his books, including this one, getting to wear my graphic designer hat for a little and enjoy a little typography.

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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000026_00022]

Thank you Caravaggio

I don't always have the time to do the kind of art study that I would like.  So sometimes I have to incorporate that study into my work.  Caravaggio is one of my favorite artists, so for this painting of The Fell Court I decided to base my composition on Caravaggio's painting of Supper at Emmaus.

Why you ask?  I wanted to spend some real time looking at what makes this composition work.  The powerful lights and darks along with the limited palette.  The masterful foreshortening of the character on the right and look at how the character on the left looks like he is just about to move, to breath and speak.  Wonderful.  I have only done this a few times over the years, but I always find it to be a very useful experience.

So thank you Caravaggio for helping lift at least this image for Dungeons and Dragons a little higher. :)

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Magic the Gathering - Angel of Flight Alabaster

I have really been looking forward to releasing this painting. Another piece from last year that I have been waiting for the Innistrad release. This image is a little different than the one printed, it doesn't have the spirits in the background. I liked this version better, I felt it kept the focus more on the character.

This image is also available in my new store, as a limited edition print!

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Dungeon Cover - Venca

Here is a cover I did a while back that I haven't put on my site yet.  It was for Dungeon Magazine.  When painting something that doesn't exist, it helps to construct something that you can light and use as reference to at least have a basis in reality.  So, below the image of the cover is a shot of a little maquette that I made along with some rough steps I put in to give me a better place to start the painting.  James Gurney is a wonderful source of inspiration for such things, I hight recommend his book Imaginative Realism.

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and here is the shot of the maquette:

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