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Early influencies...

As far back as I can remember, I was always drawing - Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction. I was influenced from an early age by the works of Derek Riggs, who designed the album covers of the British rock band, Iron Maiden. The band had a mascot called Eddie (a zombie-type looking guy), and in one memorable cover Riggs depicted him as a part-cyborg part-zombie in a futuristic style city.

His later paintings, which to me were the most inspiring, were more surreal and science-fictional than his early horror covers.


Starting out...

After finishing a Foundation college course in Worthing, I honed my skills over the next few years, and then started to show my work around. This attracted a great deal of positive reaction.

  
Cover for Analog   Cover for Analog
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Five British Dinosaurs   Five British Dinosaurs
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Masks   Masks
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Kings of Eternity   Kings of Eternity
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First sales...

My first professional sale was to the British SF magazine, Interzone, July 1997, when I was 23, and since then I've sold over 200 illustrations and 50 book jackets/magazine covers. They've had great responses, being nominated four years running for the BSFA Awards in Great Britain. ["Secrets" in 1998, Jedella Ghost", runner up 1999, and "The Sky-Green-Blues" in 2000 and also being nominated for the 2001 BSFA Award for Hideaway, Interzone, July 2000]; also four pieces of artwork were nominated in the US for the Tangent Online Award, 1999: [Interzone, March, 1998, Interzone July 1998, Interzone September 1998, and Interzone November 1998].

I have Won The Paper Tiger Award 2000 at EasterCon in Glasgow, Scotland, for the front cover of Absolute Magnitude Magazine, Winter 1999.



I also Won the The Tangent Online Award in 2000 for the front cover of Absolute Magnitude Magazine, Winter 1999.

My work can be seen on the magazine/book
covers/interiors of, Baen Books, Analog, Asimov's, Interzone, Absolute Magnitude, Weird Tales, Infinity Plus Books, SF Age, Sarob Press, DNA Books, Tale Bones, Other Worlds Library, Dell Horoscope,
Altair, Dreams of Decadence, Aboriginal Science Fiction, SFWA Bulletin, Fantastic Stories and Tenebres.

My work is now being sold as posters in an on-line poster/print Gallery.


  
The Isle Beyond Time   The Isle Beyond Time
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Hunting the Slarque   Hunting the Slarque
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Alien Nativity   Alien Nativity
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Dr Who: Wonderland   Dr Who: Wonderland
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Material, and methods...

I employed oil and Acrylic and the traditional techniques of painting when I started, but my work now is mainly a composite of different media for example Pencil, Charcoal, photography, scanned textures and objects/buildings and ships designed in 3d software with the final piece always in digital format.

Working in digital format gives me so much freedom to explore different possibilities.



Favourites...

I have been asked 'which of my own artwork is my favourite?' - but, to be honest, I can't really say that I have a favourite. I like many different ones for different reasons, although I'm very pleased with the cover of Absolute Magnitude, issue 12, Winter 1999. Among other examples of my work I'm pleased with are: "The Kings of Eternity" by Eric Brown which appeared in Science Fiction Age, Jan 2000; the cover of Interzone 153, March 2000, for Stephen Baxter's story, "Cadre Siblings"; "The Sky Green Blues" by Tanith Lee, Interzone, April 1999; and also the front cover of Weird Tales, issue 319, Spring 2000.

  
Alien Colonies   Alien Colonies
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Hideaway   Hideaway
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BSFA Best Artwork Award

"Hideaway" won the British Science Fiction Association Best artwork award at Hinckley in Leicester, April 2001. The cover appeared on Interzone 157, June 2000, illustrating the story "Hideaway" by Alastair Reynolds. Dominic writes: '' I'm delighted to have received this award. I was very pleased with the way the cover turned out. I was particularly satisfied with the compositional way in which the ships worked together, against the immense scale of the gas giant, "Ghost". I wanted to achieve a more blocky look with the large cruiser, " Starling", and a more aesthetic look to the smaller ship, "Tyrant", in the foreground. I think I also achieved a very balanced colour palette with the cools, the warms and the neutrals."

 

Forthcoming...

Due out later this year and early next year are numerous book covers, magazine covers, and interiors. In July this year the French magazine, Tenebres, is featuring my artwork along with an interview.

When I get any spare time I do enjoy watching old sci-fi and horror B-movies... and sleeping - as I don't get much when on a commission!

I live on the south coast, and can be contacted at: deh@dominic-harman.com


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