April A to Z – H is for Tony Hough

Hello all. Today we have fabulous fantasy artist, Tony Hough. Tony has done some fabulous work for Fighting Fantasy, Warhammer and now other gamebook series. Here’s what he’s been up to.

Are there any kinds of settings/genres that your illustrations would be particularly suited for?

I cover all aspects of the broader fantasy genres: Horror, SF and fantasy. I don’t want to be a one-trick pony!!

What kind of things would you like an author to tell you when you are illustrating for them?

A brief can be as simple or as thorough as the author/publisher feels is necessary. I will read it all! Sometimes authors, being verbal rather that visual processors, forget that an illustration is a single shot from one viewpoint and not a movie clip!! I ask questions if I need to to find out what aspects of an illo are the most vital.

Does the fact that gamebooks are being released digitally affect how you illustrate the books?

I create and submit  most of my work digitally these days which is safe and convenient. Back in the days when I worked with ink and paint there was always a chance of work getting lost or damaged in the mail. It’s a lot easier now to work even with companies on the other side of the world (as I do). It’s also a lot easier to revise and adapt illos when plans get changed, too. The downside is I don’t have physical artwork originals to show off or put on display afterwards.

Is there a gamebook series or a particular author you would like to illustrate for?

Any authors out there reading this, (especially if you have a definate best-seller in the pipeline) ….it’s YOU I want to work with! Call me!

What kind of non-gamebook projects are you working on at the moment?

I have designed a few minis for tabletop wargames…hope to do a lot more of that this year.

What kind of conventions would people be able to find you at to buy your art?

I hope at least to attend Salute and Dragonmeet. I’d go to more if I could afford it!! I’ll always have some old GW and FF originals with me for sale.
 

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