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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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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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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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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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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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Originally commissioned by Ace Books 1984, from the book by Poul Anderson.

Basically a story about a new colony and a new beginning of freedom, far out into the galaxy...

Gouache on masonite 15" x 25"
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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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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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Commissioned by Tor Books in 1994, for the book by Jeffery Carver. It was the standard spaceship busting out of the solar system, with a fair amonut of airbrushing and knowledge of elliptical perspective.

Oil on masonite, approx. size 18" x 26"
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