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An LCS interview with Paul Shipper


Darren Di Lieto: Paul Shipper is an artist inspired by old school theatrical posters and the movies of the 70’s and 80’s… The hair rock years! Paul’s illustrations have been praised by the likes of J.J. Abrams, Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, Tom Hanks, Tom Tykwer and the Wachowski’s. Now we are delighted to ask him anything we want!
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Saltopus x Andy Smith Impending Doom T-Shirt


Saltopus and Andy Smith have teamed up to create this iconic t-shirt! Andy Smith is a hand lettering supremo and Saltopus sell awesome t-shirts and apparel which means them working together is a match made in heaven.

If you weren’t aware Saltopus is run by the same people who run the LCS! We love Andy’s work and we have done for years, so being able to work with him on this t-shirt was a dream come true. You can buy the tees directly from and they ship internationally. Available in sizes S-XL and you can pay with most major credit cards via PayPal. What are you waiting for?!

Buy Now: Saltopus x Andy Smith Impending Doom T-Shirt

The Captivating Art of Jason Limon


We’re always happy to see Jason Limon‘s work pop up in our Facebook feed. He’s a very creative and talented artist with an unbelievable consistency. I think we’ve been following his work since 2007, when he took part in the first Mail Me Art. We’ve still got his mail art in storage… I think. We might have to fish that out. :)

His weird and furry creatures are awesome! I’d really love to purchase two or three of his original paintings, but I might have to settle for prints, as is normally the way when you’re a minor league art collector. And don’t even get me started on how amazing his sculptures are!

Check out the rest of Jason’s work at…

Jeff Miracola’s Fantasy Art Workshop

With just over 20 days to go, Jeff Miracola‘s acrylic painting technique DVD Kickstarter is well on its way to hitting double its pledge goal. You might be asking why is this news worthy, well we love Jeff’s work at the LCS and… it shows that people really do want original fantasy art and there is genuine interest in how it’s created. Jeff does a fantastic job of presenting his work and his videos are brilliant. He took part in our Mail Me Art project a few years ago and he even did a WIP video for that, so thank you for being awesome Jeff!


Please support Jeff and fantasy art in general by backing this awesome Kickstarter project. You won’t be disappointed and I’m pretty sure whatever you pledge you’re getting good value for your money.

Here’s the important Kickstarter link:

IH8WAR: Artists & Designers Against War


Friend of the LCS, Charles Hively, recently had a chat with us about a very intriguing project he’s running via his Artisanal Media LLC company with colleague Sarah Munt. Charles is hoping the project will eventually turn into a movement and take on a life of it’s own. IH8WAR was born of a talk they gave at Vienna’s Joseph Binder Symposium in October 2014 on the responsibility of artists and designers to become involved in the state of the world.

You can listen to the talk here…

If you weren’t aware, since 2003 Charles Hively has been the design director for 3×3, and is also the founder and publisher of that awesome publication and website.

The poster at the top of the post was created by Monika Grubizna and below you can check out a few more of the submissions.


Stop the War – Alberto Ruggieri (Italy)


Stand – Giulio Bonasera (Italy)


War = Death – Seymour Chwast (United States)

IH8WAR is accepting submissions; head over to their site for more information.

The art of Alé Mercado and his sketchbook


A few weeks ago Alé Mercado uploaded a page from his sketch book that reminded me what a fantastic artist he was. Seeing a professional illustrator’s sketchbook is always a pleasure and the page featuring Alé’s Sea Creature/Evil Merman is no exception to this rule.

This isn’t the first time we’ve noticed Alé Mercado’s illustration, a couple of years ago he also took part in Mail Me Art with the piece below and we were very happy he did.


As you can see, Alé’s work has a very nice quality to it and he isn’t afraid to tackle subjects and compositions that may send less established illustrators running for the hills. Below is a personal piece of his titled Happy St. Jordi. Great use of colour.


If you’re interested in seeing more of Alé’s work, you can check out his portfolio website at or you can follow him on Facebook.

Graeme Neil Reid’s Doctor Who Watercolours


Graeme is raising fund for his next promotional push and his orginal Doctor Who watercolours are being sold at a steal. We’ve already picked up “Don’t Blink”, but there are still a few gorgeous pieces to be had!

Check out his Doctor Who work and send him an email if any of the pieces tickle your fancy. They’re only £30 each, plus P&P.


The Baltimore Academy of Illustration


This is the art school we wish we’d been able to attend!

The Baltimore Academy of Illustration is an unaccredited, private institution with one goal in mind: to teach artists who want to be illustrators how to become illustrators. Our hands-on approach and small classes allow us to tailor our courses to meet each student’s needs. Unlike traditional art schools, the Baltimore Academy of Illustration focuses specifically on illustration—learning the art while also understanding the needs and requirements of the profession.

One of the guys who was partly responsible for setting up this new school is friend of the LCS Alex Fine. Alex, Greg Houston and Scott Fuqua will be running the academy and also teaching there! Obviously if you’re an aspiring illustrator, sign up for a course. But if you’re a seasoned pro and you want to show a bit of support for this new educational centre, there’s a fundraiser you can donate to. We’re really looking forward to seeing what sort of talent this new enterprise churns out and we wish them the best of luck!

Randy Gallegos: Level Up @ Krab Jab Studio, Seattle WA


September 12th – October 3rd
Opening Reception: Saturday, Sept. 12th, 6-9pm
Artist Talk at 7:30pm

I am super excited to announce this Solo Exhibition. Krab Jab Studio is an exciting working studio and exhibit space, that I had the privilege of showing at a few years ago as part of a group show on role-playing game art. I visited Seattle for the opening and wrote about it here. With the help of the indefatigable and talented Julie Baroh, we are putting together a show I’m very excited about. I haven’t hung a show this large in ever–the nearest was my Guest of Honor stint at LunaCon in 2014. In a sense, my recent show in NYC was a smaller dry run for how to manage and make sense of a show that hangs art of disparate subject matter in a cohesive way.

Randy Gallegos

You can find out more on Randy Gallegos’ blog.

SALE!!! Showcase 100 prints now 1/2 price!


This is your last chance to pick up one of the Showcase 100 prints! Come Monday, all of the prints will be removed from the shop and for this weekend only all of the prints are half price. We only have one copy of each print and once they’re gone, they’re gone.

The prints are super high quality and were part of the London exhibition earlier in the year. There are loads to choose from, created by the most awesome bunch of artists and illustrators you can imagine.

Shown is the work of Michael Hacker, Mark Hammermeister, Kim Herbst, John Joven, Mike Nash, Marc Scheff and Primary Hughes. Visit the Showcase 100 print shop to check out the rest of the fantastic artwork.