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Monday, April 28, 2008

Thomas Thiemeyer

Posted by Charley Parker at 11:01 pm

Thomas Thiemeyer
I had the pleasure Friday of attending a reading at the Barnes & Noble bookstore on Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia by fantasy author Gregory Frost. Frost did an excellent reading, with just the right degree of theatricality, from his new book Shadowbridge. The book is based on a fascinating concept involving stories within stories, and is played out on a fantastic world with few large land masses in which life unfolds on a sprawling and complex system of enormous bridges.

The task of representing these bridges on the book’s cover fell to German illustrator Thomas Thiemeyer, who, according to Frost, did a superb job of capturing and conveying his vision of the Shadowbridge world.

You can see Thiemeyer’s oil on Masonite painting for the wrap-around Shadowbridge cover (image above, with detail, below) in more detail on his web site, along with preliminary sketches and the front of the finished cover.

Frost’s Shadowbridge is a two part story; the second book, Lord Tophet, is due out in July. Thiemeyer has also done a dramatic painting for that book’s wrap-around cover, envisioning this world-spanning bridge system from the underside, which you can see here.

Theimeyer has a knack for taking on subjects on a grand scale, envisioning alien worlds with dazzling geography, towering cliffs, bizarre animals, wonderfully sleek futuristic cities and beautifully textured combinations of medieval and classical architecture.

When browsing through his online galleries, don’t be put off by the somewhat awkward arrangement that often sends you to pages of images you’ve seen before; some of the images you haven’t seen by that point will be worth your perseverance, with eyebrow-lifting vistas of beautifully imagined worlds lurking just under the next link.

Thiemeyer works both in oil and digitally, sometimes combining the two techniques in the same image. He has a subtle command of color, particularly in scenes at dusk in which the fading light of early evening mingles with pools of artificial illumination or fire. He displays remarkable finesse when portraying the the textures of rock, sand, cliffs and mountains; perhaps a side benefit of his joint study of art and geology in college.

His illustration clients include HarperCollins, Random House, Heyne, Arena and Wizards of the Coast; and his work has been in several of the Spectrum collections of contemporary fantastic art.

Thiemeyer is also an author in addition to being an artist, and has penned several high-selling novels, including Medusa, Reptillia and Magma.

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  1. Comment by Fabio Lai
    Tuesday, April 29, 2008 @ 6:37 am

    I’ve discovered a lot of great artists reading your blog.
    Just thank you.

  2. Comment by Charley Parker
    Tuesday, April 29, 2008 @ 10:31 am

    Thanks, Fabio!

    Other readers should check out Fabio Lai’s blog, which is filled with his wonderful drawings and comics.

  3. Comment by Hiram
    Tuesday, April 29, 2008 @ 10:36 am

    Hello Charley,

    First I would like to say that I am very happy to have found your excellent blog which I straight away made my homepage. It’s been simply fantastic. Hats off to you for making it so!

    I recently started a wordpress blog but immediately encountered a problem with spam coming through the comments. I was wondering if you have that problem under control, and if so, have you made use of any plugins to do it?

    Best regards,


  4. Comment by Charley Parker
    Tuesday, April 29, 2008 @ 10:55 am

    Thanks for the comment, Hiram.

    Yes, the Akismet plug-in, which is avaiable as part of most default WordPress installations (check your plug-ins page) handles my 1,500+ daily spam comments quite nicely.

  5. Comment by oakling
    Wednesday, May 28, 2008 @ 3:03 pm

    i freaking love akismet. also, this painting. i was wrong – THIS guy is the “painter of light.” i’ll stop calling people that now….

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