Thursday, 26 January 2017

Another Intellectual Champion

Janice Fiamengo is a Canadian Professor in the Department of English at the University of Ottawa. She is a declared anti-feminist, defender of freedom of speech and campaigner for the right to dissent.

Sadly, she is standing trial at the Social Justice Tribunals Ontario after she was accused of a human rights violation by a former U of O student.

Yes, you read right : there are social justice tribunals in Canada, where you can be sued and monetarily penalized for undermining other people's perceived notion of justice (i.e. : their feelings).  Apparently, the criminal Justice system is not sufficient enough...

She can be found on Youtube, at StudioBrule where she eloquently articulates her views.


photo reference : [please let me know]
software : Photoshop

Monday, 23 January 2017

Modern Intellectual Champion

Jordan B. Peterson is "a Canadian clinical psychologist and tenured professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. His research interests include self-deception, mythology, religion, narrative, neuroscience, personality, deception, creativity, intelligence, and motivation." - Wikipedia.

I discovered him because of his controversial stance against the Canadian Bill C-16, which may be considered an overstepping of political correctness into the judicial system. I was captivated by the soundness of his arguments and it got me interested in his teachings - which he generously shares on YouTube and on his own website : http://jordanbpeterson.com/

I believe many would benefit from reading and listening to what this man has to say. His lectures are not at all meant to make the listener feel good - some forced me to take a hard and uncomfortable look at myself. But Mr. Peterson is a master at guiding the listener through complex ideas, using stories, myths, religion and history. And most importantly, he offers some solutions to existential problems. He certainly succeeded in making me think differently about the world and the people who live in it.

photo reference : Steven Lee
software : Photoshop

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Hellmaw and The Ed Greenwood Group

Hello everybody! Hope you are having a wonderful beginning of 2016.


Two years ago, Ed Greenwood - creator of the Forgotten Realms and acclaimed author of scores of novels - posted a call for artists on his website. Luckily, a client of mine, for whom I had just finished a painting of his tabletop RPG character, pointed me to Ed's website, and I immediately answered the call.


Ed wanted to know if illustrators would be willing to provide him with images he could use as inspiration to write stories. I sent him a couple of personal artwork without much hope. The illustrations were portraits of creatures I had done to practice the techniques of Dave Rapoza - who I admire immensely. Soon after I clicked the send button, Ed replied, asking me how many more I could produce...


55 portraits later, Ed's little project became a full-scale operation. He created an entire setting - HELLMAW - taking place in our modern-day world, where shape-shifting daemons with secret agendas live hidden among us. Ed wrote a novel - Your World is Doomed! - which is already on sale digitally, in audio format, in hardcover, and soon on trade paperback format.


Ed also invited his friends, well-known authors, as well as published and aspiring writers, to create stories in the world of HELLMAW, each of them centering his or her story on one portrait of their choice among my artwork.


It‘s hard for me at times to fully comprehend what’s happening. Usually, it's the other way around in the world of publishing: artists take art orders and illustrate already existing stories. Needless to say that being a “source of inspiration” for the creator of the Forgotten Realms is too big an honor, but it’s a great challenge for me and a thrilling experience.


Two more books in the HELLMAW universe have so far been released along with Your World is Doomed!: Dragon Dreams, by Chris A. Jackson, and Blind Justice, by Erik Scott de Bie. All books follow different characters and storylines. I read them all, and they really rock, each in a very different way.


Many more are being written as I speak. It’s mind-blowing.


So far, I can only show these 3 portraits, which were used as cover art for the first three books of HELLMAW. But more will come as other novels are released.






Thank you, and sorry for the long post ;)

- Eric


Monday, 21 December 2015

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Revisited Pathfinder Characters from 5 years ago

Here are some characters I did a while ago to which I gave a bit more love. I mainly worked on contrast, color and proportions.