Name

Metzen

Alias

Thundergod, The Bourbon Cowboy.



Inspirational Artists

Walter Simonson, Larry Elmore, Alex Ross, Jim Lee, Keith Parkinson.

Top Five Movies

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Star Wars
Braveheart
Ben Hur
Highlander (original)

Favorite Books

The Dragonlance Chronicles (Weis and Hickman)
The Sandman Series (Neil Gaiman) and yes, it IS literature!
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Series (Douglas Adams)
The Stand (Stephen King)
American Gods (Neil Gaiman)

Awesome Comics

The Mighty Thor (Walter Simonson - writer/artist)
Kingdom Come (Mark Waid - writer, Alex Ross - artist)
Uncanny X-Men (Chris Claremont's 17 year run - various artists)
Daredevil (Frank Miller - Writer/artist)
Hellblazer (Garth Ennis - writer, Steve Dillon - artist)

Killer Bands

The Police, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, The Doors, U2, Sarah McLachlan, Stevie Wonder.

Listening to Recently

Sevendust, A Perfect Circle, Linkin' Park, Incubus.

Greatest Games Ever

AD&D (1st edition) - especially the single module 'Ravenloft'
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (PC/Xbox)
Palladium Games - Heroes Unlimited, TMNT and Robotech
Galaga - Arcade
Off Road - Arcade

Words of Wisdom

"Never mix whiskey and vodka."
"Never spit into the wind."
"When in Russia, never whistle on crowded subway trains."

Hobbies and Interests

I like to crash dirt bikes as often as possible. I'm a four-alarm comic geek with an average $35.00 a week habit.
I love the night life. I love to boogie.

Define your style of art

I think I've always taken a comic-type approach to fantasy and sci-fi. I was heavily influenced by both Walt Simonson's and Jim Lee's pencilling styles for form, but I preferred the costuming, themes and general feel of Elmore and Parkinson's fantasy paintings. Still kind of working on the whole 'art style' thing...

At this point, I just use as much pencil lead on a page as I possibly can and hope the piece turns out!!! :)

Where do you do most of your work?

Any flat surface will do.

What are your favorite things to create?

Heroes and Villains. Monsters and mechanical designs are fun - but I dig drawing specific characters with specific stories related to them.

What tools do you use to create your artwork?

Usually just a good handful of mechanical #2 pencils and a few compressed shading sticks. I'm a big fan of colored pencils as well, but it's been awhile since I've gone that route. Photoshop's killer for finishing touches and such, but I prefer a good old fashioned pencil as opposed to pure digital art.

Color
Number
Element
Season

Silver

7
Sky (storm)
Winter
Class
Race
Weapon
Animal

Paladin

Human
War Hammer

Polar Bear, Tiger

TV Show
Alignment
Food
Drink

Most Extreme Elimination Challenge

Lawful Good
Pizza - all
meat, baby!
Jack Daniel's
Comic Dude
Star Wars Dude
Cartoon Dude
Game Dude

Thor, Captain America

Han Solo
Optimus
Prime
Ben (Full Throttle)
Personal Links

Newsarama
Alex Ross
Superhero Hype
Jack Daniel's

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