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Realm of the Damned

Realm of the Damned

Realm Of The Damned is a unique graphic novel from the creative team of writer Alec Worley and illustrator Simon "Pye" Parr (2000 AD). Raw, fast-paced, and bristling with atmosphere, classic gothic monsters are unleashed for a modern rampage of redemption and damnation. It is a bloody and blasphemous epic that features appearances from heavy metal titans Behemoth, Emperor, and Mayhem. Realm of The Damned  is set in a dystopian world run by vampires. To make things worse, the most brutal vampire ever is brought back to life.  There is no one left to protect us from what lurks in the dark. The…

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Jimbob Isaac

Jimbob Isaac

I kept sketchbooks and drawing pads throughout my childhood, drawing the usual array of action heroes, zombies, vehicles, comic book characters and other such boyish things. For my GCSE projects at 15/16 years old in Swansea, I utilised my tech drawing lessons and drew up a portfolio of would-be guitar designs, Art Nouveau stage/backdrop designs and heavy metal hero portraits. I even copied a few Pushead covers, such as Metallica’s ‘Damage Inc.’ single cover. During my BTEC (Graphics) college course at age 16/17yrs (1993/4) I started to get taught how to use Rotring Isograph pens for…

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Godmachine

Godmachine

I have had some education in graphic design and film. Mostly it comes from sitting alone for days on end in a dark room. I put my drawings up online for people to see and was hired. A site called 'emptees' years ago helped spread my art.

The Wacom is about 20 years old and the computer is made from dead robots. I actually have a friend who fixes it all for me as I know nothing about computers.

Sometimes the band has a set brief and if I can't work with it I suggest other artists I think will be better at the job… free art direction! Sometimes we work on something together, sometimes I can do…

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Thomas Ambrose Denney

Thomas Ambrose Denney

Also, there were paintings and sculptures that my grandfather had made displayed proudly, and though he was gone, it was clear to me that I was a part of this family of artists, as it was given to me to express my own creativity through painting, it was always encouraged since day one. I became interested in monsters and skateboard art and thrash music at a very young age. Of course, I discovered Metallica and Pushead and realized that this was a career option. By the time I got to high school I was already creating comic books. I then began doing flyers and t-shirts for local garage bands…

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Francesco Gemelli

Francesco Gemelli

The proximity to Roman and Greek archeological sites influenced my artistic imagination which I later developed during my studies. I was attracted to computerized graphics early on. In fact, I conducted my first experiments on an Atari St back in 1986, later publishing my first works in specialized computer graphics magazines. Music is one of my biggest passions. Developing artwork for musicians was my way of staying in touch with the music scene. So I started out by designing artwork for demos of local bands - drawing logos and putting together collages.

In 2003, after having created the…

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Tuomas Tahvanainen

Tuomas Tahvanainen

I met guys from Ensiferum in the mid 90´s, and I did early logos for them, and the logo they are using now. After that I did a cover for the their ´97-demo, so that was the beginning in this area. After that the word just spread, and more and more people got to know my work.

I usually just start to play with ideas and see where it leads. It’s hard to describe my drawing technique, never actually thought of it. Worst case scenario is when clients say “Do something, we trust you”. It doesn't mean anything, and they give me ideas after I have done something. So it's frustrating, and usually,…

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John Santerineross

John Santerineross

I was approached by bands worked with after they saw my photography and asked if I would be willing to lend my designs to their artwork, promotional items, etc.

They believed, as I do, that life is fundamentally mysterious, and artists must both respect and preserve this profound mystery. Symbolists insisted on the use of suggestion rather than explicitness, symbols rather than description. They believed that “the creation of a mood is as important as the transmission of information; (it must also) seek to engage the entire mind and personality of the viewer by appealing to the viewer’s…

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Francesca Vecchio

Francesca Vecchio

I was a painter and a decorator before becoming an illustrator. I began to create artworks for bands from three years. At the beginning, it happened realizing tributes for some bands and then making advertising. Then I started to get the first commissions, the first was by a death metal band.

I think it is very varied in representation, from the realistic to the fantastic. The style changes every time depending on the requests or the idea it evokes. When I have to create something, I know that it is already in my mind, like an innate vision lying in my brain, which just needs an incentive…

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