Friday, March 21, 2008

More work on the Fishy Cleric dude....

I got into Spectrum! YAY!

After years of trying and trying, i have finally made it into the hallowed halls of the Spectrum annual "Best of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art" competition. All I know right now is that I got in, and that is according to Spectrum's own website. I am listed as Sean "Muttonhead" Murray.

What I do not know is which piece got in, but I think I can safely assume that since I only entered 2 pieces, it's probably THIS one, since I think it is the better of the two that I entered:

Anyways, I think what happens now is I have to do a nice digital print so that it can be displayed at a gallery show or something (at least, that is what I have seen them do in the past), and then the piece will be printed in the annual book which usually comes out in October.


Saturday, March 15, 2008

Fish-Cleric for Dominance War

OK, so my pace hasn't been very steady, but I am determined to finish this before the deadline, despite the book cover commision and the overtime at work. here is the final drawing for my entry: I have decided to make him a "clericon" instead of a wizard. His weapon will be a blunderbuss that uses Holy Power as it's source of energy, and he uses it to blast the faces of heretical robots in the FACE! YEAH!

Monday, March 3, 2008


I went to the Walters Art Museum to get some inspiration for my Dominance War concept. I ended up doing a bunch of drawings of the old flint lock guns. Maybe my character will be a cleric that uses a powerful gun that uses Holy Powers to vanquish enemies. It could be carved with all kinds of religious iconography.

The view from my apartment...

So, as I mentioned before, I now live in Baltimore. Now, bear with me here: I have been working for Big Huge Games for more than a year now, and they are in the suburbs of Baltimore, yet, I was LIVING in New York State, that's where my house and my wife were. I had been a contractor for Big Huge up until this past September, whenI agreed to come on full time.

During this time, I was working from home every other week, and the weeks I was in Baltimore, I rented a room from an old lady in a neighborhood close to the Big Huge offices.

Last month, my wife moved down here and we got an apartment together (what a crazy concept, living with my wife! Fancy that!). The apartment we are renting is on the 14th floor of a building in downtown Baltimore, in a neighborhood called Mount Vernon. Baltimore was never a place I thought I would live, especially having grown up in the Northern Virginia suburbs, where most people consider Baltimore to be barely better than Chernobyl.
But it turns out, I kinda like it here!

Now, I ain't sayin it's all wine and roses. Two people did get shot a few days ago in a road-rage incident the next neighborhood over. But I have to admit, Baltimore is a city with a lot to offer, and so far, the wife and I are enjoying ourselves, and looking forward to the day when our house in New York finally sells so that we can start looking for a real home here (anybody wanna buy a lovely cape-style house in the heart of the Hudson Valley with shining wood floors, a double lot, and a 2 car garage?), but until then, I will stare out my window onto this creepy, but cool old church tower.