The many words of Russell Dickerson
Teller of stories
Artist of fine works & illustrations
Trapper of Manticores
Designer of print and media
Liopleurodon skull grinder
63rd man on the moon (estimated)
Secret Lair: Shell Beach
The Various Categories
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For my entire life, from the stone ages until now, seemingly, I have been fascinated by the strange and the weird. Growing up, nearly all of the books that I read were about mysterious happenings around the world.
There were no limits on my fascination. UFOs, ghosts, Kaspar Hauser, cryptozoology, strange events and anything else that I could find under the “unexplained” topics were the entrée to my otherwise boring dinner called “life”.
|Originally published by Apex Book Company, October 2013|
My imagination would soar on high, thinking about events like the Devil’s Footprints incident in the mid-1800’s, in Devon, England.… Read the rest
One thing I love about art is seeing the different interpretations that artists have. A different take on a sunset, or a new way to paint buildings, and even new ways to paint monsters. These new methods and creative views drive what I love in art. Let’s face it, especially where monsters are involved.
It can be tricky, especially if the basic idea of a type of monster is fairly well laid out. Since Zombie Month is upon us here at Apex (and it’s just eating at me to talk about it), we can take a look at the dead.… Read the rest
I constantly look at other artists’ work, in fact I make it a part of my day to at least check out art or illustration boards on the web. There’s something I’ve noticed, and I’m not sure if it’s a trend or if it’s something that’s always been there.
Some of these creations are just plain weird. But not necessarily in a good way.
|Originally published by Apex Book Company, May 2013|
I don’t like to kick out names of artists that I may not like, or pieces that I don’t think work.… Read the rest
I was particularly enamored the other day with the newest trailer for the film Pacific Rim, and it made me think of something other than giant robots and giant monsters.
|Originally published by Apex Book Company, April 2013|
Aren’t these the same giant monsters we’ve seen for years?
Now, believe me, I’m not going to pick on Pacific Rim. Especially since the morning of July 12 to me means “ass in seat” for the flick. But it made me think about what I’ve seen before for giant monsters, and if anything has really changed.… Read the rest
Picture this: there’s a former cop standing in one spot, with a beautiful woman standing behind him. His gun is drawn, and he’s waiting for the bad guy to show himself so they can have a “final showdown”. It’s a tense scene, where quite a lot of bad things are about to happen.
Now, everyone reading this has a different idea of the scene. Some of us grew up on Miami Vice and Magnum P.I., so we could see a similar idea in our heads. Others of us see the action hero, the John McClane with his machine gun loaded and ready to fire.… Read the rest
As it turns out, I’m an artist. An artist that has, luckily, convinced others that he can do art. Thus, I produce covers, interior illustrations, and whatever else folks need. I’ve mentioned it before, and I’m not done beating it into the ground just yet, but it can be an up and down game. One that’s filled with happiness, regret, satisfaction, depression, and quite a lot of other feelings.
Having done this since the late 90’s (published, at least), I can see the trends of my career so far. They are, to say the least, very loopy.… Read the rest
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