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Are you interested in drawing or becoming an illustrator? If so, you've come to the right place. Below you'll find a conversation with the incredibly talented Antonio Caparo, the gentleman who created IMPYRIUM's gorgeous cover. Read on to learn about Antonio's training, his approach to making art, and where he looks to find technical guidance and inspiration. It's a fascinating window into a professional's vision and creative process. Thank you, Antonio!

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Could you please tell us a bit about yourself and where we can find you?

I am an illustrator, graphic designer and comic artist (but I haven’t done too much of the latest in a long while).I was born in Cuba and now I live in Montreal, Canada.

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How did you decide to b [...]
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Posted on Mar 06, 2017                         
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Watch the Impyrium trailer!
Interested in learning a bit more about IMPYRIUM? Watch the animated trailer! The book arrives on October 4, 2016. You can pre-order signed copies and extra goodies here.

Posted on Sep 09, 2016                         
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Meet Sigga Fenn

One of my favorite characters from the upcoming Impyrium series is Sigga Fenn, newest member of the Red Branch and a native of the savage Grislands which lie beyond the empire's borders. No longer mystic knights, the Red Branch have become cold-blooded assassins who report only to the Divine Empress. When enemies infiltrate the palace, Sigga is assigned to protect Hazel Faeregine, the youngest member of the royal family.
Posted on Dec 22, 2015                         
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The Red Winter - A Sneak Peek!

Prologue

The Witchpeaks are the tallest mountains in the world. At one time they were called the Himalayas, an “abode of snow” in ancient Sanskrit, but no longer. That name — like so much else in the world — had changed when Astaroth came to power. Although the mountains were still wreathed in snow, they were now named for their chief inhabitants.

Most of the witches lived below the timberline, but their holy places nestled nearer to the summits. Some were little more than primitive shrines, storm-lashed ledges where the witches prayed to their gods and wove the wild magic of their kind. But the most sacred spaces were inside the mountains themselves, carven temples containing treasures that [...]
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Posted on May 10, 2013                         
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Let's Visit the Shropes

What happens when haglings receive their names? You get a whole bunch of hags from miles around. That's what we'll be seeing at Shrope Hovel in The Red Winter. Let the hijinks ensue!
Posted on Mar 15, 2013                         
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More Workshop Monsters...

Here's the original pencil sketch and a more complete concept for a Workshop gargoyle that we'll be seeing in The Red Winter. Some similarities to the dreadnoughts we met in The Maelstrom, but if you notice the human operatives, you'll know that Prusias isn't trusting his machines to any more imps!
Posted on Feb 21, 2013                         
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Welcome to Shrope Hovel!

As I work on The Red Winter, I've been having some fun sketching some of the locations that we'll be visiting during the course of the story. Here are two different mockups of Shrope Hovel, home to our favorite hags.
Posted on Feb 19, 2013                         
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A Sketch of Blys

Still experimenting with some different techniques to find the right balance between old (hand drawn sketch) and new (using Photoshop add shading, textures, highlights, etc.) This sketch of Blys gets closer to what I want to do for my next project. The sketch is actually a modest-sized (~ 6 x 9") pencil drawing on rough paper (to give it some texture) that was scanned in at high-resolution so that I could shade and add some finer details in Photoshop. What I like is that it doesn't lose the handmade feel that I find lacking in a lot of digital painting and artwork.
Posted on Jan 27, 2013                         
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Mad Scientist

If you've been following the blog, you know I've been doing a lot of drawing experimentation — using different papers, tools, old techniques, new techniques, sketching on the computer, sketching by hand, combining the two, etc.

Here's a practice project I just did using a combination of techniques that I'm starting to really enjoy. Using a pencil on rough paper, I created a random character sketch, scanned the drawing, edited it in Photoshop, and then integrated it with a loose background that I roughed out on the computer. I'm fond of this approach because it's still a handmade drawing but also leverages the speed and flexibility of a computer. I find the look and feel very compelling.

Lots of fun trying out these techniques. While The Red Winter's illustrations will [...]
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Posted on Jan 26, 2013                         
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Something New...

Innovation and improvement are empowering aspects of life. When one thinks of their routine when they were in school — the constant challenge to learn and internalize new content and skills — it's a sad fact that many adults cease challenging themselves with the same energy or expectations once they leave school. I'm trying to swim against that tide and expand my repertoire as an artist. As I've worked with a lot of traditional media, the next horizon for me is a digital one.

Here, you can see a seascape I've done using only digital brushes and paint. As a staunch traditionalist (Luddite?!) I have to confess that is a LOT of fun to create art using some of these new tools. While I'll always be a tremendous fan of old school, hand-made artwork, it's easy to see how and [...]
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Posted on Jan 22, 2013                         
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