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Wing Commander Beta
From the card game Wing Commander, commissioned and published by Tracy Hickman & Margaret Weis, 1995

Part of a last offering of astronomical works in the archive, a simple rendering for mood in the game...

Gouache on Masonite, photoshop finishing.
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Wing Commander Gamma
From the card game Wing Commander, commissioned and published by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman, 1995

Part of the 12 illustrated works, and one of two more I mustered up for the last astronomicals in my archive, for mood...

Gouache on Masonite w/photoshop finishing
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Wing Commander Alpha
From the card came Wing Commander, commissioned and published by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman, 1995.

One of the most striking cards of the 12  I did, it is one of the last astronomicals left in my archives.

I had to recreate the art, as the scan brought up the printed pixels too much (very small image), so it is a digital version of the original trad. version.

Part of a series that includes Alpha, Beta, Delta, Gamma, and Epsilon.
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Krynn Shrine (sketch)
From the Dragonlance RPG, commissioned by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman, 2004.

This was an unused sketch for one of the many outdoor scenes from the world of Krynn. 

An early example of digital sketching...
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Great Wall
From the Sovereign Stone RPG, commissioned by Margaret Weis, 2004.

Another scene from the book, an early digital work.
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Alan Gutierrez
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
United States
I'm a Sci-Fi artist, but I've done fantasy, new age, glamour, contemporary, science, and anime fanart, since 1976.

I retired just recently (2018), and there are over 700 works from all the above genres, and more!

One of my favorite authors, Sci-fi legend Jack Williamson (1908-2006), did a bio of me in 2002, so, I'll let him speak for me here;

"Alan Gutierrez has done the cover paintings for a number of my novels. I'm happy with them, and happy with this chance to write a few words about his life and work. Born in Kansas City, MO, in 1958, he grew up in Southern California. He was still in his teens when his passion for science fiction was inspired by a collection of Analog and Fantasy and Science Fiction magazine covers, by such great pioneers of the genre as Frank Kelly Freas, Rick Sternbach, and Alex Schomberg. Suddenly, he says, "I simply knew what I wanted to do with my life." He has done it, graduating from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, and receiving his BFA in illustration in 1982.

Before graduation, He made his first cover sale to a small fanzine, "Rigel" that paid him $100. He says it was printed in ghastly two tone scheme with purple, "but I was very excited." His star climbed higher in 1983, when Tor Books assigned him to do the cover for The Lagrangists by Mack Reynolds. He worked almost nonstop with cover art until the mid-list market collapsed in the 90's. He fell in love with the southwest, and moved to Arizona, married his wife Rhonda, and had two daughters, Rachel, now eleven, and Monica, five. He survived hard times by doing game trading cards and covers for Popular Mechanics. He says a typical cover takes him two or three weeks. First of all, he reads the manuscript to get a feel for it. He says he always is thinking of the "man on the street" who isn't already familiar with the future worlds of science fiction.

Speaking of his fine cover for my own Ultimate Earth which he did in the December 2000 Analog, he says he tried to "make the strange familiar, and the familiar strange." That technique reflects the wonder that set the course of my own life back in the 1920's, when I discovered the classic science fiction of H.G. Wells, A. Merritt, and Edgar Rice Burroughs reprinted in the old Amazing Stories. I'd grown up on a little sand-hill ranch in the semi-desert of Eastern New Mexico. Life had looked limited and futureless. Those stiff gray pulp pages dazzled me with visions of a limitless future I'd never imagined. Tales of travel in space, and time, and possible new worlds better than our own. Sadly, that sense of wonder is hard to recover now. I've known scores of veteran fans who cherish the same fond recollections and fail to find it in so much of recent science fiction. Those dazzling new ideas are no longer new. Now they're the too-familiar stuff of the Saturday morning kiddy shows. The futures they forecast are already here, but they came at a cost.

Atomic science promised us limitless free power and gave us the nuclear bomb. Rocket science promised the stars and gave us the ballistic missile. Whole generations have survived the cold war and "the balance of terror." Yet the sense of wonder does live on. The universe of what we know is still expanding, faster in fact that it ever did. Exploring the frontiers between the world we know and the worlds we imagine is still an exciting game. Alan Gutierrez has the vision to make those futures real and the craft to show them to us all.

--Jack Williamson, April 2002"
All commissions are closed henceforth. I'm only posting this to avoid any misunderstandings in the future. I meant to do this earlier, but, I doubt anyone has noticed anything...But, now, there are a few DA members who have commissioned me in the past, plus anyone new, having thoughts or plans for commissions here...

I've successfully made the transition into retirement, during 2017. There's too much personal detail to mention here, as to why now and what happened...

One big advantage, is I'm no longer restricted by financial needs, and, part of the pressure was to expand into other media, such as Patreon, Instagram, Tumblr, or Facebook. I was never much of a salesman (I never did get a facebook page, and never will), so that burden is lifted there as well.

I won't be getting involved with future trends. I know anime, superheros, and games are still popular, and will continue to be. There is a place for up-and-coming artists today! I'm just not in the position to give advice, or care about what sells, or popularity, anymore. 

I was basically a story illustrator. That's my training (BFA, Art Center, 1982) The work, and stories are here to see.

I just happened to love anime as well as Sci-Fi, and do fanart, beginning in 2000. That fact keeps me here, as it still gets most of the attention (the girl subjects have something to do with it, I'm sure).

I can't guarantee I'll post any future art regularly. It's one day at a time for me. That's been the case for 35 professional years.

The only personal thing I'll say, in closing, is the change has nothing to do with health issues.

Alan Gutierrez

March 2018 (revised June 2018)

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Czepeku Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018  New Deviant
Really nice style of art, really reminds me of earlier concept artist works which were very masterful. Your depiction of material and lighting is very well done in some of your surreal/sci-fi scenes. Keep up the good work!
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AlanGutierrezArt Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the kind comments!

I'd like to keep up the work, but circumstances dictate I have to slow it down. Pretty hard after 42 years!
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StarHopeOFFICIAL Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Love your art!!! Keep up the awesome work!!!

-Jazzy
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AlanGutierrezArt Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! I appreciate your comment!
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Brainstorm-bw-style Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You do great classic sci-fi art, keep it up! ;)
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AlanGutierrezArt Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the comment!
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philbob84 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2018
Love your throwback style art!!!!
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AlanGutierrezArt Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for the comment!
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DamonGDW Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome artwork!
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AlanGutierrezArt Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the comment! :)
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