The other day, I received the latest issue of the Washington College Magazine (WC is where I received my Master’s Degree) and was pleased to find an article (“Art Class is Risky Business“) written by my friend James Arnold.
If that name sounds familiar, it’s because James did both the covers for my two-part YA fantasy novel, Dragontamer’s Daughters, and I’ve gushed over his work before. He’ll also be doing the cover to my next book, Lost Dogs.
Over this past summer, James took a position with Washington College as the Director of Visual Arts for Admissions. He does freelance work as well and, of course, he has his own site, and you really ought to visit for some mind-blowing artwork (here, btw, he discuss how he works some of his magic). I can’t wait to see what he has planned for Lost Dogs (which I need to get in gear and finish, already).
I first made James’ acquaintance about eight years ago (has it really been that long?) through our mutual interest in the futuristic tabletop game Warhammer 40,000. Painting models and miniatures is a huge part of 40K, so would it surprise you to know that James crushes at that, too?
Space Marine Land Raider Crusader battle tank and crewman, by James Arnold
In addition to all that, he ran in the 2011 Rochester Marathon, and is a martial artist (tae kwan do). He’s also a super nice guy, very smart, with a great personality, and I’m proud to call him my friend. So congrats, James, on the article, and I look forward to working again with you soon!