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Reclaiming Norse Mythology from the Nazis by Ian Stuart Sharpe

It is one of the most iconic scenes in modern cinematic history:  Indiana Jones is in a desperate race against the Nazis, a lone hero battling against the entire German war machine to prevent an ancient artefact of immense power from falling into the wrong hands. Of...

Interview with Ian Stuart Sharpe, Author of The All Father Paradox!

Q: What made you write The All Father Paradox? Ian Stuart Sharpe: I think it was preordained. Not in a crazy way, you understand. You just learn to spot the signs, to realize that something is off-kilter. For example, in the year 793AD, according to the Anglo-Saxon...

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ANNOUNCEMENTS Join Outland's Street Team, The Outlanders! Get sneak peeks at new releases, including fiction, games, and comics! Receive exclusive content, and be eligible to receive advance review copies of upcoming releases! If you like to help spread the word about...

THE ALL FATHER PARADOX Releases in October!

THE ALL FATHER PARADOX by Ian Stuart Sharpe Coming in October! What if an ancient god escaped his fate…and history was thrown to the wolves? Churchwarden Michaels thought it was just a run-of-the-mill crazy old man who stood in the graveyard, hellbent on studying the...

HATH NO FURY Has Hit the Shelves and E-Readers!

Mother. Warrior. Caregiver. Wife. Lover. Survivor. Trickster. Heroine. Leader.   This anthology features 21 stories and six essays about women who defy genre stereotypes. Here, it’s not the hero who acts while the heroine waits to be rescued; Hath No Fury’s women are...

Announcement: VIKINGVERSE COVER ILLUSTRATION RELEASED!

ANNOUNCEMENT Official summary of ALL FATHER PARADOX along with color cover illustration! What if an ancient god escaped his fate…and history was thrown to the wolves? Churchwarden Michaels thought it was just a run-of-the-mill crazy old man who stood in the graveyard,...

Announcement: New Comic Coming from Outland Entertainment!

ANNOUNCEMENT: Announcing Riddle of the Loremaster, an all new original comic series written by Melanie R. Meadors, with art by Nicolás Giacondino! Here is a sneak peek at some of the promo art: Riddle of the Loremaster is a comic for mature readers set in a fantasy...

Women in Dark Fantasy Have Changed by Linda Robertson

In doing a bit of research looking for a dark-fantasy-related topic for this article, I sought something that I knew at least a bit about, something I felt strongly about, and something where I could add meaningfully to the conversation. Many things were considered,...

Alethea Kontis on Imposter Syndrome

Earlier this year, I met the only student Katy Kellgren ever had. He told me he just about had to bully her into being his teacher. This amazing, multiple award-winning voice actress with hundreds of audiobooks under her belt truly didn’t believe she knew anything...

Announcements: HATH NO FURY Has Arrived in the US!

Backers of the paperback and hardcover editions of Hath No Fury will be happy to learn that the books have arrived at the printer's headquarters in Chicago! Now, they just need to be sent to our head honcho Jeremy Mohler, and then they will be sent out to backers...
Th3rd World Studios: Finding Gossamyr Cover

Th3rd World Studios: Finding Gossamyr Cover

2013 saw a lot of work for Th3rd World Studios, from the Orange Man + Orange Woman material, to The Mortal Instruments, and the Aegisteel project.  Another project I did for them was an alternate cover for their book, Finding Gossamyr.

I love doing covers, but traditionally, I get asked to do work that is pretty involved with landscapes and complicated backgrounds.  And don’t get me wrong, I really love doing that kind of work, but I rarely get a chance to just do an action piece.  So, when Mike Devito approached me about doing an alternate cover for one of their books, I thought this would be a great opportunity to do something a little different!

Below you can see the process – the initial layout, the finished pencils, and the final color work.

Not only did I have a lot of fun with the action in this piece, but I also enjoyed drawing the creatures.  I don’t believe I’d ever actually drawn a rhinoceros before, so researching those and trying to convert them into these rock-like creatures was a blast.  I absolutely fell in love with how craggy and wrinkled a rhino is.

Anyway, it was a fun project to be involved in!  The book is a lot of fun too, so be sure to check it out!

JM

Baeg Tobar Sketches

Baeg Tobar Sketches

Hello folks!

One thing that I’m going to be doing is moving my own personal projects and blogs over to the Outland Entertainment site.  I won’t be pulling any of the old blogs down off my site, but from here on out I’ll be moving any posting over here.

With that said, I’m resurrecting some old images I did several years ago for the old Baeg Tobar project.  I always liked these, though they never saw the light of day.  They were also some of the first images I completed using my Cintiq 21UX.  I was impressed and excited about the flexibility drawing on the screen and directly into Photoshop gave me.  I’m also a big fan of landscapes, so getting to work with landscapes in general was a lot of fun too.

I don’t post many of my rough drawings, so here’s a chance to see some of my very rough work.

These were meant to be header images for the old Baeg Tobar site, hence the reason for the horizontal format.  Additionally, they were meant to just be sketches that I handed over to an artist to finish off.  In this case, I commissioned Nicolas Giacondino, and he did the final linework.

I think Nic did a pretty good job staying true to the original sketches that I completed.

Anyway, I hope we find a use for these at some point – it’s a shame that we never used them!  They were fun to work on!

JM