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Remembering Rachel

This is a tribute to a good friend who I never met face to face. She would have been 45 on November 12 and we lost her suddenly five years ago today. When I was first fumbling around on the internet, circa 1998-2001 I spent a lot of time on a group of forums mostly devoted to Tori…

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Interview with Scott McIntire, Part 2

This is the second in a three-part feature. The interview in its entirety can be found throughout the month of November in the Featured Artist link to the right.   Please tell us a bit about your general work process I retired from doing any commercial artwork years ago so I could concentrate totally on my…

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Interview with Scott McIntire Part 1

This is the first in a three-part feature. The interview in its entirety can be found throughout the month of November in the Featured Artist link to the right. Scott McIntire’s work is both instantly recognizable and endlessly intriguing. A striking blend of hyper-realist imagery and vivid patterning that invites the viewer to ask the inevitable…

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Pro Bono Work – A Cautionary Tale

This is something of a companion piece to my ramblings concerning Work For Hire, which is another trap that artists tend to fall into. This one concerns Pro Bono work, also known as “Working for free”. Now, I’m not going to tell you to never work for free, because there are plenty of projects that…

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Work for Hire – Just Say No

I think it’s safe to say that artists as a whole are generally considered a little “different”, and rightly so. We tend to fit the clichés of coloring outside the lines and thinking outside the box. We also tend to be gluttons for attention, we want our work to be seen and appreciated and are often…

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The Harp Twins Interview (Part 2)

This is the second of a three-part feature. Please tell us a bit about your general work process. We always start our creative process by listening to the song we’re going to arrange again and again. We usually start with building the melodic framework and then start discussing other elements. Often we’re tweaking arrangements even as…

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The Art of Fae Nouveau (Part 7) – Avalon to Camelot

For any fan of the fantasy genre, one can hardly help but be influenced by the Arthurian legends in some way, there have been so many retellings of the basic story and it seems like every generation has it’s own new fresh take on it, whether filtered through Thomas Mallory, T. H. White, Marion Zimmer Bradley…

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The Art of Fae Nouveau (Part 5) – I got the music in me

Music has always been a great source of inspiration for my art so it should come as no surprise that my musical interests would find their way into the ongoing Fae Nouveau project. I touched on that subject in Part 4 and this is very much a continuation of that thought. ICE QUEEN (2010) © Herb…

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The Art of Fae Nouveau (Part 4)

When thinking about the inspirations for the Fae Nouveau project one could say that there were two “categories” of models. The first, as had been detailed previously, was what one could call “The Friends & Family Plan” of people who I already knew and asked about their involvement. The second category was artists whose work…

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