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Another from the Tonka "Legions Of Power" series from 1986, of interchangable Lego style toy spaceships.

This was a flying version, and was the most complicated of the sets. Oil on masonite 18" x 27"
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A commissioned book cover from 1986, from Baen Books, of "Ethan of Athos" by Lois McMaster Bujold.

If I recall the story, Ethan was a mild-mannered space traveller, different than the Buck Rogers-Flash Gordon style space opera. This was done before Bujold became a hot commodity in the publishing realm, and I sold most of the art I did for her, about 7 or 8 covers.

Oil on masonite, 15" x 25"
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One of the best paintings in the 14 box covers I did for Tonka Toys "Legions of Power", this was a lego-style interchangable plastic toy, that included a motor. The box was the same size as the motorized walker (18" x 24") and was the most expensive of the set.

Oil on masonite approx. size 24" x 32"
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In 1985, I was commissioned to do 14 box paintings for Tonka Toys "Legions of Power". It was a series of interchangable toy pieces, like Legos, that could be built in different ways.

This box was the largest, about 18" x 24" inches, with a special "Walker" (likely based on the "Empire Strikes Back" version) that was motorized, and actually did walk.

They wanted me to push the colors bright as possible, since the market was 8-14 years, and I drew on my Art Center College of Design experience studying the Goethe Color Theory for these covers.

Oil on masonite size approx. 24" x 34"
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In the late 90's, I did a series of game book covers for Iron Crown Enterprise's series "Silent Death"

This was one of the last covers in the series, done in 1998. They were always spaceships, usually in battle, as I did few figure drawings in this period.

Acrylic on masonite, size approx 13" x 22"
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Commissioned in 1987 for the book by Marc Stiegler. Published by Baen Books.

Although the idea of unmanned drones in warfare wasn't new in 1987, this was a very far seeing concept, considering today's warfare tactics.

Here, a set of drones lead the way into battle. It was set in the future, but it could happen very soon now.

Oil on masonite, approx size 14" x 23"
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This was the third cover art from the "Chaos Chronicles" series from Jeffery Carver (the others are "Neptune Crossing" and "Strange Attractors" in this gallery), published in 1995, by Tor Books.

I don't fully recall the story, but, as with all Jeff Carver's work, there was an abundance of soaring, cosmic, hard science, giving the reader a lot to think about.

In order to get this image, I had to scan the book and digitally remove the type. The art, and transparency have been long gone, but it's about 95% accurate to the original, done with gouache and acrylic on masonite.
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From the book by Roger Zelazny, commissioned and published by Tor Books, 1983.

The ugly "flip side" of "Pathways and Parables" (in this gallery), the story is set in a post-apocalyptic California, where convict Hell Tanner, is offered a pardon, to deliver a vaccine to Boston, traveling across a landscape of mutant freaks, bad road, hurricane force winds, and over the bones of those who have tried the journey before...

This was one of the last cover paintings I did, before moving from my California home, and starting my own east coast adventure, in New York City.

Oil on masonite, 15" x 25"
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This depicts a giant city in space, from the book by Jeffery Carver, published by Tor Books in 1995.

Oil on masonite, approx. 18" x 27"
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This is the first of my published work. I've done about 400 book covers and magazines over 30 years.

This was one of the earliest paintings in the "Steampunk" genre, done for Steve Jackson Games in 2000.

As with the first "Battledroids" cover I did in 1984, I didn't realize the popularity until much later...At least I didn't sell the original art, as with Battledroids...

Acrylic on masonite, size 19" x 24"
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