We've already shown you a look at the art by Mark Schultz and Tomas Giorello for Skelos 1. Here's a look at two of the other artists whose work appears in the debut issue -- Samuel Dillon and David Cullen. We are also making available as exclusive Add-Ons, their original art for the first issue. If you are interested in purchasing original art, please contact us at SkelosPress@gmail.com.
Samuel Dillon is a self-taught, award-winning artist from the blue ridge mountains of North Carolina. He began a lifelong love of art at age 5 staring at the Frazetta-covered Conan novels in random book stores and later becoming enraptured by the pen of Esteban Maroto -- the pinnacle of fantasy illustration obtained by only a handful of their peers then or since. Samuel has said that he considers it a privilege to contribute to the tradition of weird fiction and a great honor to have his name attached to a project, however remotely, with the name Robert E. Howard written on it.
Grettir and the Draugr
Samuel's amazing contibution to the debut issue of Skelos is a fully-illustrated adaptation of one the most famous encounters recorded in the Icelanders Sagas -- the battle between the hero and outlaw Grettir the Strong and the undead monster Glamr.
Robert E. Howard once wrote to H. P. Lovecraft that tales of " ... such Scandinavian sagas as that one dealing with Grettir the Strong and his battle with the vampire, seem more gripping and grisly..."
Howard likely read the translation of Grettir's Saga by folklorist Sabine Baring-Gould, which rendered the creature as a "vampire." In the original, Glamr is a draugr -- that type of undead monster from Scandinavian folklore recently popularized in the game Skyrim.
Samuel Dillon has capured this well-known story with eleven beautiful pen and ink illustrations, using a masterful stipple technique in the tradition of Virgil Finlay and Stephen Fabian. He has also created a watercolor rendition of Grettir that appears on the back cover of Skelos 1. The illustrations are accompanied by a retelling of the tale freely-adapted from the translations of Baring-Gould and William Morris.
David Cullen is an artist from Halifax, Nova Scotia and the owner of Quinline Graphics. He has produced work for a broad range of clients across North America and Europe, including Dreamworks SKG, CBC, Global, Teletoon, Working Title (Squared) and Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen.
His comic book and cartoon work has been published by Marvel Comics, Caliber Press, DC Comics, Image Comics and Scholastic Press among others.
Check out his work at his website http://www.quinlinegraphics.com!
David has produced an awesome illustration for Skelos in finished pencils depicting a scene from Matt Sullivan's sword and sorcery tale, "The Burning Messenger."
David is offering this original illustration from Skelos 1 to our backers as an Add-On for $100.
Again, please contact us first at SkelosPress@gmail.com BEFORE raising your pledge amount as there is only one available. Thanks!