Jared Sandman Blogbuster Tour 2011

Jared Sandman's Blogbuster Tour 2011 runs from July 1st through August 31st.  His novels include LeviathanThe Wild Hunt andDreamland, all of which are available at AmazonBarnes and Noble and Smashwords.  His next novel, The Shadow Wolves, will be released in August.  Follow him on Twitter (@JaredSandman) and be entered to win one of several $25 Amazon gift cards.  See rules at www.jaredsandman.com for eligibility.

Noah Bradley, the cover artist for my second novel, The Wild Hunt, has agreed to answer a few questions about his work.  As most peopledo judge a book by its cover, I wanted to give him the opportunity to explain his methods.  Noah illustrates some breathtaking landscape scenes, and has a knack for drawing elaborate buildings as well.

What made you want to become an artist, and how did you break into the field professionally?
I wanted to become an artist because I knew I wanted to create things. What those "things" are, I'll admit, took me a little time to figure out. I tried everything from carpentry to computer programming before coming to the realization that painting was the one thing I could see myself doing for the rest of my life. After years and years of training I finally achieved a professional level of work. Once my work hit that level I didn't seem to have much trouble in getting freelance work--the road to being professional was plenty long, though.

Who are your influences stylistically, and which artists are your favorite?

My style is currently influenced largely by the Hudson River School painters. Great old painters like George Inness, Albert Bierstadt, and Thomas Moran blow me away. These sorts of luminous works make me realize how little I know about making images.

What's your artistic background.  Are you self-taught, or did you graduate from a formal study program?
I did graduate from art school (VCU, to be exact), but attended a few different schools in my time (RISD, among them). Though I was blessed with a number of extraordinary instructors during my education, I still believe that art is a field that is largely self taught. You can have all the greatest facilities, instructors, and assignments in the world, but if an individual doesn't have the drive and desire to figure things out for themselves, then they won't make it as an artist.

Take us through the creative process for creating a piece like the cover art for The Wild Hunt.
I always read the assignment/brief first. And not just once--I read it again and again. I read it and make sure that I don't miss the slightest detail. After reading it a number of times I usually have a good idea of the mood of the piece as well as the general content. From there I go to my sketchbook to work out a few thumbnails, followed by a few digital sketches that will be shown to the client. Upon approval (and perhaps revisions), I work on painting out the final piece. This last step is the most laborious, but it's also the one where you get to see some concrete results. After all of this I just have to sit back and wait for the piece to be printed!

Do you have any recent or upcoming projects to promote, or a website where others can access your work?
I have a number of projects underway at the moment, but sadly nothing I can reveal at this time.  You can, however, check out my portfolio here:http://www.noahbradley.com/
Or to keep up-to-date with my work you can read my blog, where I try to post interesting/useful articles for fellow artists:http://www.noahbradley.com/blog/
What's your preferred medium in which to work and why?

If I had to use one medium till the day I die it would be oils. That said, the entirety of my professional work right now is digital, simply because my skills developed a bit faster in digital than in oils. Now that I have a steady stream of work, however, I plan to push my abilities in oils so I can return to that medium and (hopefully) get to a professional level in them. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed.

Thanks, Noah, for taking the time to chat.


  1. I enjoyed reading the artist's perspective. Thank you!!



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