IlluxCon Memories

Finally, I did something different this year. I invited my wife along. I did so with a boatload of trepidation. I worried she would get bored, or feel left out due to my work schedule. I even had a bit of a fear that she wouldn't like the artists that I call friends. All irrational fears of course, but that is the nature of fear, right? I couldn't have been more wrong. More interesting though was how much we learned about each other at the event. We were able to see each other in an environment that was completely different from any we had seen each other in before. My respect for my wife grew even more, and my admiration for her kind spirit and love of her playful nature were reaffirmed. And a "thank you" to everyone that welcomed her with open arms. Alright, another IlluxCon has come and gone. When I get my camera back with my luggage, I'll toss up a few images that are interesting, and as my brain recovers from it's post-con fuzz I'll try to remember some of the great questions I got over the course of the event and share them here. It's good to be back...

Dungeon Magazine

Chaos Scar: The Brothers Gray. Artist: Patrick McEvoy. Cartographer: Sean Macdonald. Patrick is another recent addition to the stable. He clinched his place on my go-to list when he delivered on a killer tiefling piece a few months ago. Now I look forward to finding something new and interesting to push his ability to find a dynamic point-of-view. This was a tough one, with both foreground and background elements of interest. His decision to use the time of day to create the dramatic lighting worked out very well. Sean was a name that was handed to me when I took over magazines. I have enjoyed working with him since starting in this position. The hardest task I have is keeping him busy - he's so darn fast! Expeditionary Dispatches: Artist: Wayne England. I've worked with Wayne for a while. I always loved the items and environments he created for D&D. One day he asked me to let him do some figurative work for me, and I haven't regretted the decision once. When he talked to me last month and asked to start doing some magazine work - I hesitated. Obviously, not because of his skill or quality, but rather becuase of the crushing schedule we often have for magazines. Since Wayne works traditionally, it adds some stress and strain to the process. Wayne assured me he could get the paintings done, and shipped across the globe within my time frame. He's never steered me wrong before, and he didn't this time either.