Today’s episode features the multi-faceted story and career of visual development artist Craig Elliott, this year’s Spectrum Award gold winner. (Spectrum is an annual yearbook and the Bible of the fantasy illustration world). Craig’s extensive career and his thoughts on traditional vs. digital illustration will be the subject of today’s episode.
Today’s episode reveals the early background of Michael W. Kaluta, a world-renowned illustrator who was born in Guatemala to American parents, and tells an unexpected-but-fascinating and little-known story, er, history, about World War II. Michael also talks about his own history, including some of his best-known works, Starstruck and The Shadow.
In this episode, Dave and Steve continue their conversations from Show #3, teasing Dave for his tendency to over-describe events, and chatting about everything from sitting on an artists’ panel with Boris Vallejo, to in-depth analysis of a handful of movies, and Dave’s new book, Rolling Thunder: The Art of Dave Dorman, especially the art in the book that Dave had done for some of Steve’s film projects, including The Alex Cryss Chronicles.
Controversial artist Charlie Athanas turned the comic book world upside-down during his run as artist for the world’s very first Digital Comic Book, “Shatter,” published by the now-defunct First Comics. Since then, he has worked in videogames (John Madden 2, Shadow President, Cyber Judas), formed The Devil’s Candy Store to support artists in finding work and recognition, and is very involved in critically acclaimed Chicago horror theater, WildClaw Theatre.