Lance W. Card is attending Life, the Universe, and Everything (LTUE 2014) in Provo, UT this Saturday (February 15th, 2014). He’ll be strolling the panels and mingling with the authors and artists to talk shop. With his first book entering the hands of an acquisitions editor for a publishing house he’s looking forward to the networking opportunity as well as mingling with fans of his art. Come on out and see the show! Lance’s mother, published author Dene Low, and his uncle, Orson Scott Card, will be there as well. Dene Low is presenting on multiple panels, and Orson Scott Card is a keynote speaker Saturday morning.
It has been a few years since Lance W. Card attended a convention, but he’s dusting off the old smile and hoofing it up to Salt Lake City this weekend in order to attend the 2013 Salt Lake City Comic Con. That’s right. He’s going to get his geek on Saturday, introduce his children to the event, and touch base with some old friends, colleagues, and previous employers. Who knows? Maybe this will lead to some more art from Lance as he networks this weekend. Wouldn’t that be nice?
Extraordinary author, Dene Low, PhD., has veered from her usual storytelling to provide all of us poor people that suffer from dry skin a remedy, and Lance W. Card had the honor of designing the ebook cover.
While Dene Low, PhD. Usually writes young adult fiction, fantasy, historical fiction and fantasy, romance, and an amazing array of additional categories, she has been working on this formula for years in order to perfect it. Those who haven’t found the right lotion or oil should really give this a try. It works. Oh. And the author, Dene Low, isn’t selling the oil, she’s showing you how to make it at a very low price (the book and the skin care formula). Check out her website here: Dene Low’s Website.
Like Dene Low, Lance W. Card also veered from his normal illustrations to create this book cover. He turned to photography. I know. We’re shocked as well.
The fantasy illustration that Lance W. Card is working on has received some attention lately, and we’re sharing here that he’s updated it. As a matter-of-fact, he’s finished the sky. Enjoy.
A busy artist is a useful artist, and Lance W. Card is no exception. While he often doesn’t get the time to dedicate to his art that he’d prefer due to responsibilities and circumstances out of his control, he does strive to keep producing fantasy, science fiction, and contemporary traditional artwork. One such piece of work–titled “Defender of the Isle”–has been uploaded as a sketch on Lance’s Behance portfolio website. The coloration process has begun, and you loyal fans are the first to get a look at this step in the process. Lance W. Card has graciously permitted the work-in-progress (WIP) to be displayed here first.
When browsing the internet you can come across a lot of crap. As a matter-of-fact, it becomes very difficult to be objective and open to the concept of the freedom of art as expression. There are are a number of people who would likely argue that the paint being splattered on canvas and then a body pressed up against it is worth the $70,000 some foolish rich person would pay for it. We aren’t those people. So, it was with relish that we came across the glorious work of Noah Bradley when we were browsing today.
In Noah’s own words, “I’m a concept artist, illustrator, and landscape painter.” We’d have to say he’s being rather modest. Perhaps he should edit the line to present more like this: I am so that all may marvel at my work. I am so that people don’t have to conceptualize as I’m the epitome of the concept artist. I am the illustration of an illustrator. I create landscapes and environments which must mean I am a god. I am so that this may all be.” Maybe that’s a little too much, but we’d buy it for a dollar.
Check out some of his work and you’ll see what we mean. He seems to approach every piece as though it is his life’s work, and is paid dividends for his efforts. His brilliant use of color is nearly flawless and his shadow play is that of a master conductor with the Berlin Symphony. With the work titled “For All That could Have Been” he takes us to a moment just before the complete destruction of the world; and it is beautiful.
We can practically feel the still before the blast wave, and if you look at the posture of the people gathered about the dispair is palpable. The mood if very heavy, and even though our interpretation of the scene is likely not what was intended, that’s what speaks to us.
Then, we’re taken to another part of the world of Noah Bradley’s talent with “Moat.” We feel like a pilgrim at the end of the road looking upon the giant wonder that is the fortress, and we’re waiting for the giant drawbridge to lower so we can go in and see the pinnacle of our existence. Of course, if you aren’t into completing your life quest it could also be a formidable view for someone with the intent to invade. Then the moat wouldn’t be the only thing we’d be worried about.
The clouds are really the most impressive part of this piece if you were to ask us. Even if you weren’t going to ask, we’d share because that’s what art critics do. We’re like that, you know? Anyway, back to the artwork: take a look at the backlighting in the clouds, the rich golden color is remeniscent of the Master’s use of warmth, and the foreground just balances it all out with those tiny little people staring up at the majestic monolithic fortress preparing to eat them.
When we showed Noah’s artwork to Lance W. Card he was seriously impressed. He said it made him want to dive back into some of the paintings he has planned and to hell with responsibility. Of course, we can’t condone such behavior as we’re quite certain that Lance’s wife would hunt us down and slay us…or imprison us in the fortress surrounded by the moat in Noah’s picture.
When we perused Ross Tran’s gallery we were more than a little impressed. He reminded us of Lance W. Card in the way that he has a lot of sketches in the works, and the richness of his colors, shadows, and lighting just makes the imagery pop. Walk through his world like we did and you’ll need to make sure you pack for every occasion. Talk about versatile! This bloke doesn’t just sit down and paint the same ol’ story repeatedly. He feels each and every piece out. He resides in the realm of pixel-painted perfection that he’s splashing on the canvas.
When Lance W. Card reviewed his work, he smiled broadly and began pointing out details like a kid in a candy shop. He was delighted to find a fellow digital artist that loves to paint for the sake of bringing things to life, trying new things, and not being afraid to think outside of the box. Check out Ross Tran’s work at his blog or look at the work he has on Deviant Art.
We’re proud to announce that we can now showcase the only religious artwork by Lance W. Card available to date. Yes. That’s correct. We’ve just uploaded three pictures of Jesus the Christ that Lance has completed over the last year and a half. While all of these works of art have been done in pencil, there has been recent rumors that Lance may be entertaining the idea of starting on some paintings. Perhaps this departure from his usual fantasy art will be a refreshing expansion that many more people will enjoy, so stick around and see what he comes up with. For now, you can see the three pieces in the Portfolio section of the site.
Lance is a devout follower of Jesus Christ. Were you to ask his wife what her initial description of him was, it would have contained the word “monk” in it. He listens pretty much solely to contemporary Christian rock where he favors such bands and artists such as Casting Crowns, Third Day, the David Crowder Band, Ashes Remain, Building 429, Jeremy Camp, Brandon Heath, Fireflight, Francesca Battistelli, Kutless, Matthew West, Mercy Me, Natalie Grant, and many more. He listens to KLOVE radio (klove.com), and is more than happy to promote and participate in good work.