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Nisse by nightserpent Nisse :iconnightserpent:nightserpent 19 23 The Zargon by nightserpent The Zargon :iconnightserpent:nightserpent 48 45 Dragon trim installed by nightserpent Dragon trim installed :iconnightserpent:nightserpent 9 17 Green Guy by nightserpent Green Guy :iconnightserpent:nightserpent 16 32 Knightbird - catalpa woodcarving by nightserpent Knightbird - catalpa woodcarving :iconnightserpent:nightserpent 53 30 carved dragon brackets by nightserpent carved dragon brackets :iconnightserpent:nightserpent 21 25 Sun King sconce 2 by nightserpent Sun King sconce 2 :iconnightserpent:nightserpent 120 40 Sun King sconce Alight by nightserpent Sun King sconce Alight :iconnightserpent:nightserpent 17 6 Sun King Glass Crown by nightserpent Sun King Glass Crown :iconnightserpent:nightserpent 14 7 Sun King sconce 1 by nightserpent Sun King sconce 1 :iconnightserpent:nightserpent 22 27 Ghouls 2 by nightserpent Ghouls 2 :iconnightserpent:nightserpent 194 38 Moon Dragon    stained glass panel by nightserpent Moon Dragon stained glass panel :iconnightserpent:nightserpent 16 13 Malus Malice - Halloween T-shirt design by nightserpent Malus Malice - Halloween T-shirt design :iconnightserpent:nightserpent 45 23 Ectoplasm by nightserpent Ectoplasm :iconnightserpent:nightserpent 105 25 catalpa-grotesque-II by nightserpent catalpa-grotesque-II :iconnightserpent:nightserpent 21 16 Catalpa Satyr I by nightserpent Catalpa Satyr I :iconnightserpent:nightserpent 16 19

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Paul Carrick
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Greetings! I am a freelance illustrator/artist from Boston, much of my work falls into the fantasy/games genre, with a specialty of H.P. Lovecraft inspired art. I've been enjoying music illustration (CDs, LPs and the like) recently and would welcome more of it.

Outside of illustrating I have been learning to carve wood and have really been enjoying it!

Current Residence: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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Nisse
Cherry, 7-1/4"  This is inspired by the book "Gnomes' by Wil Huygen and Rien Poortvliet, it's been a favorite book since childhood.  In it is an illustration of a 2,000 year old carving of a gnome, it had a big crack in it and I was reminded of a cracked piece of cherry I had.  This is the first piece I've carved from a tree I cut down and let dry, though it was meant to be firewood.  The words on the base are Norwegian, it  translates to 'actual size'.
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The Zargon
 Acrylic, 14x23"  This illustration is for a  tabletop role-playing scenario called "Cha'alt", created by Venger Satanis.  Venger shares my love for the old school Dungeons & Dragons era, and this was an absolute joy to create.  It brought back a lot of fond memories, and it certainly made me miss my old gaming days.

The Zargon first appeared in the 1982 D&D module 'The Lost City', here's a link to the original illustration:  spesmagna.com/archives/4836
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Dragon trim installed
A while back I posted some Dragon/Viking styled house trim, one of the pieces was just installed so here it is in it's proper context.  The wood is local white cedar, roughly 10" x 7'

close-up images of uninstalled trim:  fav.me/dagp3ux           fav.me/dagp1b2
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Hello Everyone!

Ever since I began my interest in fantasy/horror/science fiction art I have loved pouring through the art books on artists.  Not only was it nice to have many of their pieces in one convenient collection, but I also enjoyed reading their words and getting more insight about their creative sides.  I thought it would be nice to one day have a book of my own.  Self publishing seems easier than ever before, it feels like a good time to work on a book which covers my 25 years of illustrating the imagined world of H.P. Lovecraft.  A lot of my illustrations had been printed on less than desirable paper, especially for my greyscale work, so this would be a chance to share the images as they were meant to be seen.

I'd be interested to know what people would like to see in a book, so please share your thoughts!  As for the where to publish, I'd also welcome any advice or suggestions as well.  Some have been using DrivethruRPG, which looks like a convenient option.  Also recommended is Amazon's "Kindle Direct Publishing", which I've been told might be able to offer higher printing quality.

thanks for any input! :)

~Paul
Green Guy
16x7" Catalpa, oil and wax finish.  Two views of the same carving, mounted on old hand-hewn beam The same beam which contains the other characters).  This is longest piece of catalpa I have carved so far, it is also a larger scale and the first time carving more into the side grain than the end grain.  I felt it was more enjoyable working this way as I could make cleaner shapes and I think more interesting grain patterns were revealed.
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:iconcherry-91:
Cherry-91 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2019  New Deviant Professional Traditional Artist
Excellent art, I love your paintings the most, but maybe its unfair to your other master craftsmenship. You do it all !
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2019
:lol:  Thank you!  Well, I've been painting for nearly 30 years and carving for about three, so I am a little more familiar with one less dimension.  It's been very stimulating to work in 3D, and I think it help my 2D art as well.
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Cherry-91 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2019  New Deviant Professional Traditional Artist
I've been painting for quite some time too, maybe I should start carving :D
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2019
If you feel inclined I would support your decision to explore a different medium, whatever it may be.  Beginning carving made me feel like I was exercising muscles I had never used before, it forced me to think and visualize differently - and in turn my 2D art benefited from it.
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woodcarve Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the fav's
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:iconnightserpent:
nightserpent Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2018
not sure how I missed your comment until now, but it is more than a pleasure to favorite your work.  I'm grateful you share your images with us, they're very inspiring! :)
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woodcarve Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2018  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :-)
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:iconglasslinger:
glasslinger Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2018  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the 'watch Paul! Appreciate it.. I've done glass half my life, wood carving, only a couple years. So much to learn..I think I've fainted...
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2018
I agree about so much to learn.  I think it helped to have already been familiar with other art materials, sort of like learning a second language one can kind of build off of what you already know.  But, the nature of wood (grain, drying, etc) makes it so much more complicated.  I am in less control than with other materials, but it is so satisfying when it is going right!
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glasslinger Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2018  Professional Artisan Crafter
Beautiful work here Paul! Have a great finish to your weekend..
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