I ran out of time to do Ulalume I wanted so badly to illustrate that poem, and started to sketch it, but I just won't have time with all the other projects I have going on. That's on the list for the next show at the Poe Museum, though!
And this piece... I'd really like to redo it. Looking back at it now, it's been a few years, and there's a lot I'd like to change, so don't be surprised to see a new Lenore crop up!
Yes, it was a pleasure to meet him As to becoming an illustrator, I spent all of my college career studying illustration, and I am still working on becoming a professional. I started out taking a lot of small illustration jobs for magazines and advertising, and entered tons of contests, made a website, and just practiced my style like crazy. I also e-mailed and met with gallery owners and had shows in large cities like New York and Los Angeles, and D.C. to get my name out there. It's a crazy job, because I'm literally working 24/7!
Wow, that sounds difficult! It already sounds like you're a professional! But did you always do original art or did you begin by doing fanart to get your name out in the art community first then publishing original work?
I actually started with fan art. I posted Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter stuff on primitive fan sites that are no longer around, because that was back when there were still dragons roaming the earth. But, it gave me a chance to see what other (really, really good) artists were doing, and how I could improve. After college, I started getting into themed art shows, such as Poe and Alice in Wonderland. I've been exploring ever since, and have started to develop my own characters and stories. The thing with illustration is that we're always drawing another authoer's character, so it's kinda fun to make up my own!
This is quite a mystifying peiece. Edgar Allen Poe is actually one of my faveorite authors.You should do a peice inspired by "The Sleeper" a very good poem. Keep it up, i have to say im enchanted by your work