Thursday, August 7, 2014

illustration for Undermarket Data, written by An Owomoyela

"The white flag, stained grey from rain and city grime, called him halfway up a block of flats to a job. People like him didn’t have territories, but this—inconvenient from the streets and rooftops both—was as close as it came to his: the space where it was easier for those who preferred to move in three dimensions than two." ~Undermarket Data, written by An Owomoyela

© galen dara 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

in good company (a few upcoming projects)

Two things:

1) The kickstarter for Uncanny Magazine just went live with announcments about who some of the cover artists will be:

2) I'll be joining a great lineup to do some internal art for Shadows Over Main Street, a forthcoming Lovecraftian anthology:


Monday, July 28, 2014

all the moving parts and LonCon prep

Kali willing, this is what my space in the LonCon3 art show will look like in about three weeks:

(Many thank to Lee Moyer and Julie Dillon for letting me pick their brilliant brains as I planned it out.)

A variety of fine art prints and stretched canvases (my first time trying the latter):

prepping for hanging.
packaged for shipping
With the arrival of new business cards, postcards and a stack of posters for the printshop and artist in residence table, most of the moving parts for this little venture have fallen into place. I may yet have a chance to catch up on some sleep before I get on the plane.

But first, I need to finish a few illustrations. Here's a glimpse:


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Nightmare Magazine artist spotlight

Remember how I did the cover art for month's Nightmare magazine? Well here's the issue's artist spotlight in which Wendy N. Wagner asks me all the best questions.

And just because it's fitting, here's a look at my World Horror Con art show spread from earlier this year: tentacles and bones and blood and dark water. Stuff like that:

Sun Tea and The Forever Endeavor. #FiresideFiction

Wrapping up year 2 of Fireside Fiction, I give you the art for this issue. Two pieces.

One for M. Bennardo's magic herbal concoction vision inducing Sun Tea

And one for the final episode of Chuck Wendig's serial, The Forever Endeavor:

Fireside magazine is going on a brief hiatus to finalize and implement plans for year three, so stay tuned: More coming from them in September.

Monday, July 14, 2014

LonCon Schedule

In exactly one month  I'll be setting up my artist table in London at the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention.  Here's the basic rundown of my schedule there:

Artist in Residence
Thursday 8/14 from 15:00 - 16:30
I'll be working in my sketchbook and have prints for sale in the artist alley. Come by and say hello! 

Gala Art Show Opening and Book Launch
Thursday 8/14 16:30 - 18:00
The gala opening of the Art Show is sponsored by Titan Books and features the launch of Jim Burns' Hyperluminal as well as a joint signing by all of Titan's attending artists and a chance to meet many of the other artists whose work is on show.
Chris Achilleos , Jim Burns, Chris Foss , Fred Gambino, John Harris , Ian Miller, (and me. etc)

The Future of Professional Artists
Thursday 8/14 19:00 - 20:00
The days of a healthy living from paperback cover commissions are gone. As professional artists sustain their careers by diversifying, selling directly through their websites, and crowdsourcing their personal projects, what does the future hold?
Jane Frank (M) , Galen Dara,  Danny Flynn, Chris Moore, Steve Crisp

Meet the Artists
Friday 8/15 12:00 - 13:30
Visit the Art Show and meet our attending artists - who will be available by their work to talk, explain and answer questions.

Exquisite Corpse
Friday 8/15 13:30 - 15:00
The successor to "Duelling Easels" as our artists draw - and then take over each other's pieces to continue the work! Who knows what they'll end up with....
Galen Dara (M) , Anke Eissmann, Smuzz

Open Sketch Class
Saturday 8/16 15:00 - 17:00
Work alongside our professional artists - or just come to watch, learn and enjoy - in this open sketch class.
Galen Dara (M), Smuzz, Eira Short

A Touch of the Macabre
Sunday 8/17 15:00 - 16:30
Somewhere between fantasy and horror lies the macabre, the eerie, the noir. What is it about certain imagery that tugs at the psyche in such a disturbing way?
Ellen Datlow (M), Les Edwards, Galen Dara , Irene Gallo


Looking forward to all of it! Hope to see you there!

 Okay, back to work and here's a glimpse of what that looks like today:

Thursday, July 10, 2014

OMG a World Fantasy Award Nomination

Last night social media informed me that something was astir... It sounded like this:


Lo, the World Fantasy Awards nominations had been announced and OMG I'M ON THE BALLOT. Along with  OMG AMAZING artists Zelda DevonJulie Dillon, John Picacio, and Charles Vess!

I'm still kind of speechless about it, so here: Since the award is a bust of H. P. Lovecraft, some hopeful tentacles from me:
illustration for A City On It's Tentacles, for Lackington Magazine

And here, a glimpse at the other artists on the ballot; clockwise from the top left: Zelda Devon, Julie Dillon, John Picacio, and Charles Vess:

And now I need to see if  a trip to Washington D. C. is in the works for me.  Hugs and Kisses!