About the Artists
Kenn Brown (art for "The Old Man and the Cyborg") was thinking back on the morning of September 11th, his birthday: "Every day since that tragedy I have been filled with a sense of anxiety, and urgency. Two weeks later, on September 26th, I walked into my company of employment and handed in my resignation. Those feelings have still not fully gone away but I am filled with a new sense of purpose. I still wonder if I made the right choice, but every time I finish an illustration, I get a sense of satisfaction I have never achieved with any previous job, creative or otherwise. Just before writing this, I picked out an old dog-eared copy of OMNI to take to bed with me and opened it up to "Count the Clock that tells Time", by Harlan Ellison. This is a copy I bought when I was 15 years old (20 years ago!) and yet I never recalled reading this particular story -- very strange. Having finished it.. I understand now why I never started it. I get this sense that it has been sitting there patiently, waiting for me to discover it -- along with the rest of my dreams I packed away so many years ago."
Ken has been working on Macintosh and PC platforms for a little over 11 years. He spent four years studying illustration and design at the Ontario College of Art and Design in his native Toronto before moving on to Vancouver, British Columbia, where he has lived (on and off) for the last 10 years. He spent some time working on video games in Las Vegas and hanging out on the beach in LA, only to return to his beloved Vancouver and his dream of becoming a Science Fiction illustrator.
Web site: http://www.kontent-online.com
Jon Eke (art for "Crawlspace") was born in 1967 in Amersham, north of London, and grew up in the Midlands before moving to Merseyside in 1986, where he currently works in the operating theatres at the local NHS hospital. Apart from computer art, his other main hobbies are astronomy, photography, and writing highly personal science fiction tales. Among his favourite writers he includes J.G. Ballard, James Tiptree Jr, Cordwainer Smith, Philip K Dick, Samuel Delany, Barry Malzberg, William Burroughs, Robert Aickman, Ramsey Campbell, Clark Ashton Smith, and H.P. Lovecraft (actually, if the truth be told, he's top of the list). Jon is also a member of the Ghost Story society and his main ambition in life is to write just one truly successful ghost story. If he manages that, he'll die a happy man!.
Romeo Esparrago (Graphics Slicer 'n' Dicer, art for "Red Robot Haiku") is merely a 12" action figure aspiring to do bigger things (well!). Check out his other 1:6 and 1:18 scale buddies at
Carl Goodman (art for "Molly") is married with one son, lives in Surrey, UK, and has been doing computer graphics for a living since the late 1980s. A lot of his work has been based around fairly technical visualisation projects, but a while back he joined a computer animation company as director of graphics research and development, which means that basically he gets to evaluate all the leading-edge technologies associated with CGI and provide due diligence for venture capitalists on various projects. Carl has had a fair bit of material published in consumer media in the past, including animation work for Reuters on the Shoemaker-Levy 9 impact, which was shown on news channels in 22 separate countries. He also had some illustrations of this event published in "New Scientist" magazine. Carl is also an avid reader of what might be thought of as "hard core" science fiction, with a strong bias towards the Clarke-Asimov-Heinlein-Niven stable, and enjoys the opportunity to visualise concepts. In terms of tools, most of Carl's work is in 3-D, using Max 4, character studio for animation, Deep Paint 3d for textures, Photoshop, Corel Xara for linework (less of a pain in the neck than Illustrator!) and simulation plug-ins like phoenix and havoc. Peppersghost.com has updated its site recently won a BAFTA award for www.tinyplanets.com -- best entertainment site 2001.
Lee Daniel Guest ("Olarov and the Rider"), 24 years old, studied Fine Arts for a number of years before leaving college to improve. His Idols are; Robert E. Howard, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Frank Frazetta, Yngwie Johan Malmsteen, and Henry Kuttner.
Ellie Hradsky (art for "Cover" and "Blue Shift"), twenty-five years ago, worked for a photographer who was as heavily into science fiction as she was. He knew a man who claimed he was in contact with alien beings and that he had photographs and info he wanted them to see. Ellie and her boss eagerly looked at the stuff the man left, but at one point her heart sank and she walked away. He smiled at her over his shoulder. "Not very convincing, is it."
Ellie hesitated because she wanted to believe, then finally replied, "No...not very."
"Do you think we could re-create images like these?" he asked.
"Regrettably...I think we could do better than these," she sighed.
Nothing ever came of it and all this time the yearning to create believable spacecraft stayed with Ellie. Quite by accident, after purchasing equipment for her photo-retouching business, she discovered tools that enabled her to begin assembling objects. "God," she mused at one of the first shapes that came up. "This could be the nose of a spaceship."
The rest is history. The ship in the "soft sunset" graphic for the story "Slip-stream" is the second one she did. She has done many more since. Each one gets more involved and functional. Ellie's son noticed her doing this one. She had only one question for him.
"Does it look like it could fly...Maybe?"
"It sure does, Ma...Awesome."
That was all she needed to know. As for her personal history, Ellie was born in Europe and came to the US when she was about two. She has had little schooling and is old enough to be a grandmother. She is now doing what she loves. The way things are going, she just might end up being the "Grandma Moses" of space art. That would suit her just fine. Ellie says her soul is, was, and always will be out there in the cosmos and with other life forms.
As far as graphic tools are concerned, Ellie uses the standard tools that come with almost every graphics program out there. There is nothing mysterious about them. The rest is technique, and that she can't divulge....
Andy Miller (art for "Running With the Bulls" and "Silbury Plain") is currently working in the mountains of central Virginia. He is a writer, artist, and composer.
David Sauma (art for "A Lonely Place") is a native Miamian of Cuban parents. He started graphic artistry as a hobby, which soon developed into a self-supporting career. His Bachelor's degree in Psychology and minor in MIS quickly took the backburner. Each piece is much like building an intricate puzzle using the computer to digitally combine original photography of space, animals, and humans, creating an exhilarating art piece full of fantasy, dreams, and drama. His unconventional art stimulates the viewerıs imagination, giving the illusion of transport into another realm.
Eric Seaholm (art for "Crown Jewels", "The Project", and "Traditional Art") has been creating art for most of his life. Growing up near Houston, Texas, the earliest memory he has is of drawing sailboats with his dad when he was four or five years old. Recently turning 34, he thinks of art as the main focus of his life, rather than something he just does. Currently living in Tokyo, he designs and draws every day, sometimes carrying a sketch book on the train. The locals sometimes glance at him. Perhaps some wonder what this foreigner is doing trying to draw on such a bumpy train ride. Hey, the bumpy ride adds to the uncertainty of the art.
Patrick Stacy (art for "Storm on the Horizon") hails from Germany, and like many before, started young. His main emphasis in childhood was comics and he soon became an excellent tracer. Never content, the challenge was then to illustrate freehand; now that would be talent. Early influences are still inspirational today, such as the legendary Frazetta, Vallejo, and Parrish. Classical influences were Rubens and Caravaggio. The goal of course is, with any luck, to break into the book cover and magazine markets. As mentioned earlier about never being content, currently in the process of learning to create webpages through HTML and Photoshop. In the process of updating website to include upgrades as well as new illustrations. Winner of the L.Ron Hubbard's Illustrators of the Future contest in 1996 as well as two illustrations within the volume.
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Note to Readers: Please keep in mind that after you've finished reading this issue, WE MUST ALL LEAVE THE SHIRE IMMEDIATELY -- TONIGHT. My spider-sense is tingling, and I feel that Darth Vader and the rest of the Nazgul are close... even Capt. James T. Dumbledore himself cannot protect us now. May Shrek be with you...