Sunday, November 30, 2014

Illustration: "Chinese Dadao"

"Chinese Dadao"
Copyright © Richard H. Fay

Sci-Fi Filler Artwork: "Adrift in Another Dimension"

"Adrift in Another Dimension"
Originally published in Dreams & Nightmares 92, May 2012.
Copyright © 2012 Richard H. Fay

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Illustration for Charles Kyffhausen's "Rebellion"

Illustration for Charles Kyffhausen's Mystic Signals exclusive story "Rebellion" (illustration slightly altered from published version)
Originally published in The Lorelei Signal, April - June 2014 Issue, April 2014.
Illustration Copyright © 2014 Richard H. Fay 
 
In case anyone is wondering, the harpies are bare-breasted in the original.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Illustration for Melissa Embry's "After the War"

Illustration for Melissa Embry's "After the War"
Published in The Lorelei Signal, Jan - Apr '14 Issue, January 2014.
Illustration Copyright © 2014 Richard H. Fay

Monday, November 24, 2014

Fantasy Illustration: "Guardian Statue"

"Guardian Statue"
Originally published (in b&w) in Flashing Swords Special Edition, Summer 2008.
Copyright © 2008 Richard H. Fay

Fantasy Haiku: "Mounds of Ash and Bone"

mounds of ash and bone
strewn across cavern floor
fire drake trophies

Copyright © Richard H. Fay

Fantasy Artwork: "Fire Drake at Rest"

"Fire Drake at Rest"
Copyright © Richard H. Fay

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Art Queries: Six Months Later, Still Waiting to Hear Back...

Alas, it's been just over six months since I sent a couple of art queries out, and the only thing I've received back was a message from one of the two venues queried confirming receipt of my query and stating they will review my online portfolio and get back to me. I assumed at the time that such a response was a version of "don't call us, we'll call you", and now I'm more convinced than ever that I was correct in that assumption.

In case anyone wonders why I have decided to take a hiatus from publications for a while, it's because of experiences like this. Why continue spinning my wheels in the realm of publications when I can sell my art on merchandise? Why keep going down the path of art for publications and take two steps back for every step forward when I can make steadier progress creating art for items in my stores? The buying public appreciates my art even if certain editors do not!

Fantasy Illustration: "Crusader St. George"

"Crusader St. George"
Originally published (in b&w) in Flashing Swords Special Edition, Summer 2008. Also published in the on-line version of Abandoned Towers.
Copyright © 2008 Richard H. Fay

Sci-Fi Artwork: "Crossing the Ertrixian Snowfields"

"Crossing the Ertrixian Snowfields"
Door art for Spaceports & Spidersilk, December 2011.
Copyright © 2011 Richard H. Fay

Friday, November 21, 2014

Monster: "Gorgopogon"

"Gorgopogon"
Copyright © 2011 Richard H. Fay

Fantasy Art: "Three-Headed Dragon"

"Three-Headed Dragon"
Copyright © 2010 Richard H. Fay

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Haiku: "Heaven's Bright Jewels"

heaven's bright jewels
a studded ebony shroud
night time firmament

Originally published in Asahi Haikuist Network, July 7-8, 2007.
Copyright © 2007 Richard H. Fay

Sci-Fi Art: "Under the Ice on Enceladus"


"Under the Ice on Enceladus"
Cover-art for Spaceports & Spidersilk, July 2014 Issue, June 2014.
Copyright © 2014 Richard H. Fay

Monday, November 17, 2014

"Midgard Serpent"

"Midgard Serpent"
Copyright © Richard H. Fay

Friday, November 14, 2014

Sci-Fi Art: "Barixas Hunt"

"Barixas Hunt"
Originally published (in b&w) in Dreams and Nightmares #83, May 2009.
Copyright © 2009 Richard H. Fay

Sci-Fi/Fantasy Illustration: "Book of Dimensions"

Sci-Fi/Fantasy Illustration: "Book of Dimensions"
Originally published in Niteblade, December 2007.

Pencil Sketch: "Bronze Maceheads"

Pencil Sketch: "Bronze Maceheads"
Copyright © 2007 Richard H. Fay

Thursday, November 13, 2014

My Response to Redbubble Blog Entry "How to Be a More ‘Selfish’ Artist"

A recent entry over on the Redbubble blog talks about "How to Be a More ‘Selfish’ Artist".

It seems the point is mostly about how to talk about one's art, how to promote one's art, and how to devote a portion of one's time to being an artist. If an artist who talks about his or her own work regularly is being selfish, then I have no problem with being a selfish artist! Actually, some may label me a "gaudy, boring self-promoter". Some may even call me an egomaniac.

Here is the comment I left on the Redbubble blog:

Perhaps I'm one of those "gaudy, boring self-promoters" (and some may even call me an egomaniac), but I have little trouble promoting my art and devoting time and energy toward creating my own art. I talk about my art all the time on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/richardhfay
Twitter (@RHFay)
and Google +.
I'm always promoting the three on-line stores selling merchandise featuring my art (I have stores set-up through Zazzle, CafePress, and Redbubble). I'm also pretty quick to spread the work when my works appear in publications.

Currently, art is my job. I'm always working on something, whether it be for publications or for my stores. I've even taken offense when a peer of mine, a fellow artist who has had works appear in some of the same venues my work has appeared in, insisted that I'm a mere "hobbyist". I'm adamant about my art being a business and a career.

Believe it or not, one thing I do have a problem with is being my biggest fan. Actually, I have a tendency to be my worst critic. And this is saying a lot, considering what some of my critics have said about me and my works (at least one has used the term "amateuristic" in reference to my art). if it weren't for the sales I've made to small-press publications and the sales I've made through Zazzle, CafePress, and Redbubble, I would think my art was complete trash!



Sci-Fi Art: "Insectoids"

"Insectoids"
Copyright © Richard H. Fay

Illustration for Will Maier's "A Pale Green Blade"

Illustration for Will Maier's "A Pale Green Blade"
Published in Sorcerous Signals, May - Jul '14 issue, May 2014
Illustration Copyright © 2014 Richard H. Fay

Fantasy/Fairy Haiku: "Lonely Fairy Rath"

lonely fairy rath
grey fog enshrouds grassy slopes
voices in the mist

Originally published in Aphelion, Issue 124 Volume 12, August 2008.
http://www.aphelion-webzine.com/poetry/2008/08/LonelyFairyRath.html

© 2008 Richard H. Fay

Sci-Fi/Fantasy Artwork: "Morning Stars Sing in the Speculative Realm"

"Morning Stars Sing in the Speculative Realm"
Published in While the Morning Stars Sing, ResAliens Press, August 2011.
Illustration Copyright © 2011 Richard H. Fay

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014

Sci-Fi Illustration: "From the Bubbling Black Pool"

"From the Bubbling Black Pool"
Published (in b&w) in Dreams & Nightmares 86, May 2010.
Copyright © 2010 Richard H. Fay

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Illustration: "Norman Sword"

"Norman Sword"
Originally published (in b&w) in Flashing Swords, Issue 11, August 2008.
Illustration copyright © 2008 Richard H. Fay

Friday, November 7, 2014

Illustration: "Bearing Sword"

"Bearing Sword"
Originally published as divider art (sans background) in Abandoned Towers, Issue #3, July 2009.
Copyright © 2009 Richard H. Fay

Illustration: "Departure of the Fairies"

"Departure of the Fairies"
Originally published in Flashing Swords Special Edition, Summer 2008.
Copyright © 2008 Richard H. Fay

Typhogigas

"Typhogigas"
Copyright © 2011 Richard H. Fay

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Wonderful (Though Old) Comment in Response to My Poem "Fantasyku"

I just ran across a wonderful, albeit old, comment in response to one of my poems from several years back. Though the comment is a few years old, it really made my day.

I was digging up one of my old poems, "Fantasyku" to post it to my Facebook page. I happened to pull up the page of the Niteblade on-line archive containing the poem. I really don't know if I ever noticed it before, but back in June of 2010, one person actually responded to the poem. This is what they said:

Radek says:
I like this the best out of all the issue.
Wow! They liked my "Fantasyku" best out of all the issue! Comments like that one make me realize that, although I have my fair share of critics, some people actually do enjoy my works. Comments like that make me think my works might actually have some merit after all. I do wonder at times whether any of my efforts have been worthwhile, especially when it comes to the writing side of things.

Sci-Fi Artwork: "Three-Eyed Crimbolain"

"Three-Eyed Crimbolain"
© Richard H. Fay

Psychedelic Smiley


Sci-Fi Artwork: "Nessiterix Attacks an Elephoid"

"Nessiterix Attacks an Elephoid"
Published in Star*Line, Volume 36, Issue 2, April 2013.
Copyright © 2013 Richard H. Fay

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Illustration for M.J. Waller's "A Plague of Daffodils"

Illustration for M.J. Waller's "A Plague of Daffodils"
Published in Sorcerous Signals, May - Jul '14 issue, May 2014.
Illustration copyright © 2014 Richard H. Fay

Monday, November 3, 2014

Dracopterix Pursues Quad Fliers (Sci-Fi Filler Artwork)

"Dracopterix Pursues Quad Fliers"
Published in Star*Line, Volume 37, Issue 2, Spring 2014, April 2014.
Copyright © 2014 Richard H. Fay

Illustration for the Mystic Signals exclusive story "A Deal's a Deal" by DC Harrell

Illustration for the Mystic Signals exclusive story "A Deal's a Deal" by DC Harrell
Published in Sorcerous Signals, Feb - Apr '14 Issue, February 2014; also Mystic Signals, Issue 20, 5th Anniversary Double Issue, February 2014.
Illustration copyright © 2014 Richard H. Fay

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Illustration for Nyki Blatchley's "Aslahkar"

Illustration for Nyki Blatchley's "Aslahkar"
Published in Plasma Frequency, Issue 1, August/September 2012.
Illustration Copyright © 2012 Richard H. Fay

Illustration for Charles Von Nordheim's "The Yeoman Praises Wizards"

Illustration for Charles Von Nordheim's "The Yeoman Praises Wizards"
Published in Sorcerous Signals, May - Jul '13 Issue, May 2013
Illustration Copyright © 2013 Richard H. Fay

New Cover Photo for Richard H. Fay Artist Facebook Page

I combined two of my unicorns rampant with the shield that serves as my logo for Azure Lion Productions in my new cover photo for my Richard H. Fay Artist Facebook page. I think it looks pretty cool!
Copyright © Richard H. Fay

Illustration for Francis W. Alexander's "My Pet, His Pet"

Illustration for Francis W. Alexander's "My Pet, His Pet"
Published in Sorcerous Signals, Feb - Apr '14 Issue, February 2014
Illustration Copyright © 2014 Richard H. Fay

Dark Poem "Necromancy" in BETE NOIRE #17

It looks like Issue #17 of Bete Noire is now available. My dark poem "Necromancy" appears in this issue. The poem is a 2013 rewrite of a poem that I first wrote back in 2007. Both versions have previously appeared on-line, but this is the first time the work has appeared in a zine.