Charles Urbach is a writer and artist with work in design, publishing, and illustration. He began work in graphic design in 1991, just as the technology of design was moving away from traditional cut and paste techniques into computer based technologies. While working nights for regional newspapers across New York State, he earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts illustration. By blending techniques learned in the academic and professional worlds, Charles developed a unique approach to artwork that combines the technology of digital image manipulation with traditional fine arts media and techniques. The result of those explorations is hand drawn artwork that is edited and enhanced digitally, taking full advantage of the effects and versatility afforded by technology, while remaining true to fine arts concerns.
His artwork, like the techniques employed in its making, is a blend of ancient and modern. His work explores fantasy and surrealistic imagery by drawing on a rich tradition of spiritual, literary, and mythological sources. Like a traveler on a journey, his work ventures into varied territories, not resting for long in any specific genre or subject matter. Everything from humor and children’s illustration, to high fantasy and spiritual symbolism find their way into his work. As a result, his art is recognized for its varied subjects and dynamic visuals that appeal to many different audiences and age groups. His most recent projects include illustrations for Magic: The Gathering, Sony Online Entertainment's "Everquest: Legends of Norrath" and "Star Wars Galaxies" games, Alderac Entertainment's "Legend of the Five Rings" game, Infinite City, and Fantasy Flight Games' "A Game of Thrones," "Lord of the Rings," "Call of Cthulhu," "Warhammer Invasion," and "Star Wars" Living Card Games. Charles’ personal artwork is published through his in-house studio and available via conventions and art exhibits throughout the country.
Favourite Visual Artist
Keith Parkinson, Larry Elmore, HR Giger, Angus MacBride, Ralph McQuarrie, Albrecht Durer, Mercer Mayer, Ron Cobb, Stan Winston, Joe Johnston, Syd Mead, Lester Abrams
Alien, Braveheart, Star Wars, Terminator, Predator, Ben-Hur, Hawk the Slayer, Blade Runner, Lord of the Rings
Favourite TV Shows
Doctor Who, Star Trek, Max Headroom, Blake's 7, Land of the Lost
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Michael Kamen, Loreena McKennit, Iona, Kamelot, Nightwish, Queensryche, Manowar, Avantasia
Lord of the Rings, Pendragon Cycle, House with a Clock in Its Walls, The Figure in the Shadows,
JRR Tolkien, John Bellairs, Stephen Lawhead, Stephen King, HP Lovecraft, Nathaniel Hawthorne
Infinite City, Silent Hill (series), Soul Reaver (series)
Favourite Gaming Platform
All of them, but the C-64 started it all...
Tools of the Trade
Prismacolor Colored Pencils
History, Faith, Literature