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Book of Spells

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Illustrate and design wrap-around covers for books one and two, in addition to the covers for books three and four. Each cover illustrates main characters from the story, "Book of Spells." The covers are designed around the heroes while the backs are their nemesis characters, (witches and demons). All the artwork is completed in acrylic paints on illustration board. I presented concept art, and character renderings as detailed pencil sketches for approval before painting production.

Mark Levine

Mark Levine Studio

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illustration of This artwork was originally commissioned by the
illustration of Horror Artwork. Medusa, is part of my Demon series. She doubles as a mythological creature, and a monster.
My composition is focused on my concept of Medusa's anatomy and her ability to defeat all 
who cross her path. Instead of the conventional- turning those that look at her to stone, I went with a warrior, a slayer of men.
This artwork appears on the cover of the comic book,
illustration of Horror Artwork. Zombie children became part of my Zombie series early on. The boy Zombie on the tricycle was the first to join my series. At first glance, you might miss the boys right arm was eaten off and his hand remains tightly gripping the handle bars.
I wanted the composition focus to be on the child,
so I created an abstract style background as the sidewalk fades out.
illustration of Horror Artwork. Nosferatu, the Vampire, began my ongoing series where I explore the Vampire clans. Nosferatu, is based on the early B&W silent film. My composition presents an old, and confident vampire perched on his throne. This is clearly no ordinary vamp.
This artwork was used on the premier cover of,
illustration of Voyager is a Illustration celebrating humanities reach into space-our final frontier. As our race has has explored our planet, so we shall of our neighboring planets in our solar system. This illustration shows the voyager probe in the lower
right corner as it makes its orbit around a planet.
illustration of During a time of of sadness, solitude turns into a dark place, a place where loneliness encompasses all of your thoughts as well as your physical being. My drawing clearly shows a man
under the spell of sadness. I did this drawing without the use of color to further enhance the focus of depression for this character. The artwork was done with a black illustrator pen.
illustration of While living in Manhattan, I did a series entitled,
illustration of I was commissioned by the Casella family to create a catalog cover that would represent their newest line of Italian import foods and products.
I wanted to give the cover an old world look by doing a watercolor painting. I had met with the owners to do multiple pencil sketches before they selected the composition which they approved as their cover painting. A color marker comp was provided as my final sign-off for the painting.
illustration of Apartment for rent was commissioned by the Community Herald for an article on the growing amount of homeless in the city streets, parks, and subways. The city was also seeing a growth in very expensive condos that were replacing the older, smaller apartment buildings. I wanted the focus to be on the homeless person, and at the same time graphically engage the readers
with the photos of the new high rise apartment buildings showing plenty of apartments available.
illustration of Book of Spells is a three-part fantasy/horror story published by Double Edge. I worked on books two and three. I did both pencils and inks for the two, twenty four page books. I worked closely with the writer and his script to ensure a proper layout and sequence of the action. The characters, monsters, and environments were designed by me and approved by the publisher.
illustration of Head is a three page graphic short story I wrote and illustrated for the comic book
illustration of Lizards is a twelve page story that is published in
illustration of Prisoner of the Flesh is a horror story that I created as a twenty four page comic book. I worked with a writer to present my story and artwork to Double Edge Publishing. The story appears in the first two issues of
illustration of Exterminate is a graphic short story that I both wrote and illustrated. It is four pages and there is no narration or dialogue bubbles. I am presenting the story in picture only. The table of contents has a brief description of the stories intent. The artwork began as a pencil drawing and was then inked. The color work is done with markers. The inked version was published by the magazine; Space and Time. The color version was published in,
illustration of Horror Artwork. Dracula is part of my ongoing series of Vampires. I wanted this version of Dracula to be a more contemporary version of the mythological image. I added a little steampunk into the clothing. The artwork began with a detailed pencil drawing followed by a marker comp. The background is a mixed media painting-using a resist process with oil and water-based paints. All the artwork was photographed and composed digitally.
illustration of Fantasy artwork series. Tycris, is a character I created for a comic book I wrote and illustrated;
illustration of Fantasy artwork series. I have always enjoyed rendering sorcerers and wizards as they render their magic.
The artwork began with a marker drawing and a conventional painting using oil and water-based paints. Scanned in for digital remastering. I use Photoshop to add a unique style to the original artwork that combines the digital rendering to the original art.
illustration of Horror Artwork. Demon's Martini, is part of my demon series. The artwork began with a detailed pencil drawing followed by a marker comp. The background is a mixed media painting-using a resist process with oil and water-based paints. All the artwork was photographed and composed digitally. 
This artwork appears on the back cover of the comic book,
illustration of Book of Spells is a series of Horror comic Books
based on a story written by Double Edge publisher Rich MacDougal. I produced this artwork as a wrap around cover for book one.
The artwork is done with acrylic paint on illustration board. There was a few concept sketches presented to the publisher to select a composition that best represented the story.
Book of Spells is about a book that embodies
dark spells and releasing demons. The front cover is the book, while the back is the Demon.
illustration of This is a large nu-pastel piece that was entered and excepted in a gallery's annual juried art show.
This project is essentially a still life I set up using toys I had from my childhood. The gourds were added latter to the composition along with a few other objects I had in my studio at the time. 
I have done quite a few still lives using toys and unrelated objects from nature as well as man-made objects.
illustration of The artwork is a water color painting done on a heavy textured paper. The still life is composed of a variety of objects that are not related to each other. The composition, and how the objects are placed, creates an engaging image. the negative space is populated by the water color paper's texture. There is a book placed on the bottom right that is a old paper back of H.G. Wells-
illustration of Patterns and Fruit is a still life I created using fruit place on a drawing board with the Zebra rendering added to the final artwork.
This Scratchboard is a large drawing that began as a detailed pencil drawing. The art was then transferred to the scratchboard where a transition
of the drawing is done in reverse, where what was black is going to be white. I continued to add to this as a series entitled,
illustration of I was commissioned by the son to paint the families old barn. I visited the property in the early Fall, just as the Hudson Valley area was starting to see those impressive Fall colors. I did a few pencil sketches before settling on the best view.
The watercolor painting was completed in my studio as the Fall colors were at their peak, so I took my colors from a few photos I had taken as reference.
illustration of
illustration of Wrap Around Cover for comic book-
illustration of I began a series of
illustration of I've always enjoyed Science Fiction, the aliens and the alien worlds that are their homes. Using watercolor, I painted a series of paintings that reflected on alien creatures and their environments. Alien Pods shows a creature made up a variety of pieces from our insect and amphibious life forms. In the pods are human captives preserved for a next meal.
illustration of Every Halloween I create a limited edition series of iconic Halloween monsters and images. The Halloween Witch is a mixed media painting that began with a pencil drawing followed by a ink rendering. The final ink drawing was then finalized as a marker comp and scanned in for a digital
composition using a mixed media painting for the background. This artwork was also repurposed for a six piece postage stamp set to commemorate 
the holiday of Halloween.
illustration of Dwarfs vs Orcs is a battle scene I designed for a series of Fantasy prints. The artwork/painting is a mixed media painting that began with a pencil drawing followed by a ink rendering. The final ink drawing was then finalized as a marker comp and scanned in for a digital composition using a mixed media painting for the background. The artwork also appears in a trading card set I self published.
illustration of I was commissioned by Chef Ali to create a logo of him for use on his branded products. He wanted a conventional portrait done using paint-I selected watercolor. We sat together a few times as I sketched and designed logos. We discussed in great detail what made his products unique. Fresh vegetables from around the globe, some I was not familiar with. Once a layout was excepted, I used snapshots of the chef and found reference photos along with photos I shot at the local farmers market.
illustration of While living in NYC, I spent a lot of time sketching the people, streets, and buildings. Rooftops was a favorite subject-the tops of buildings had magnificent abstract layouts. The NYC Rooftop 1
was part of a large series of mixed media. Starting from my sketchbooks to larger drawing paper I redrew the composition in marker and finished the artwork with Nu-pastel over the marker. Subtle color gave a distinct look to this drawing series.
illustration of Homeless On Blue is from a series of mixed media pieces reflecting on life on and in the streets of NYC. Using a limited palette of Nu-pastel and chalk I referenced sketches I had done previously and redrew them on large blue construction paper. This piece began the series-I decided that I would continue until the roll of paper was finished.
The series became a total of nine.
illustration of LabAids, a longtime client, commissioned me for numerous pieces of artwork for their educational lab kits. Distributed around the country for science classes, the assignments were always interesting and challenging. The Indian corn was drawn with colored pencil-the client provided me with four different pieces of corn to use as reference. It was important that I rendered them accurately-both for color and the number of colored kernels. This was for a genetic lab.
illustration of I love to paint and draw nature. Winter Landscape
is from a series of Nu-pastel drawings of the four seasons as experienced in the Hudson Valley of NY. Using 18
illustration of Demon Slayer is part of a series of horror artwork categorized in a
illustration of Archangel is part of a series of fantasy artwork categorized in a
illustration of Demon Spine is part of a series of horror artwork categorized in a
illustration of Dragon Slayer is a portrait of R. Harrison commissioned by his wife for his birthday. Mr. Harrison is a frequent role player during the renaissance festivals and fan of the Fantasy genre. I portrayed Mr. Harrison as a mighty knight, shown in this watercolor painting victorious over a slayed dragon. The painting was done on an 18
illustration of Steampunk Android is part of a series of graphite drawings digitally remastered as a sepia duotone.
The series of drawings will be released as prints on metal and sold as a set of five. The artwork also appears in the comic book-Journey Above and Beyond, book 2.
illustration of While living in NYC, I spent a lot of time sketching the people, streets, and buildings. Rooftops was a favorite subject-the tops of buildings had magnificent abstract layouts. The NYC Water tower 1 was part of a large series of mixed media. Starting from my sketchbooks to larger drawing paper I redrew the composition in marker and finished the artwork with Nu-pastel over the marker. Subtle color gave a distinct look to this drawing series.
illustration of Fall Trail began my exploration of oil paint as applied to landscapes. With oil paints unsurpassed rich pigment and texture I was able to give the viewer a feeling of a colorful Fall day.
Upstate NY, where I have hiked many a trail, is my inspiration for many of my landscape drawings and paintings.
illustration of I chose Scratchboard to do a portrait of Albert Einstein. I love the intense drama that can be created by the white lines etched into the board that help define the hi lights  and shadows. The drawing began as a detailed pencil drawing, then art was transferred to the scratchboard where a transition of the drawing is done in reverse, where what was black is going to be white. I added this to,
illustration of I was commissioned by Country Life to create a painting for a holiday card. I chose to do a watercolor. They wanted me to include all their product logos in the image. I presented a drawing where I integrated their logo art as part of a winter scene from inside. The corporate icon/logo appears as a step and repeat pattern on a throw/blanket while their Desert Essence logo appears on the pillows. Long life Teas appears as their packaging alongside a cup of tea.
illustration of Living in NYC, while attending the School of Visual Arts, I was inspired by the diverse people that occupied the streets. I used my sketch books as a way of recording the urban street life and latter redrew the sketches as larger pieces of art. I created a drawing series,
illustration of Future Soldier is part of a Fantasy body of artwork categorized in a
illustration of Every Halloween I create a limited edition series of iconic Halloween monsters and images. The Halloween Wolfman is a mixed media painting that began with a pencil drawing followed by a ink rendering. The final ink drawing was then finalized as a marker comp and scanned in for a digital
composition using a mixed media painting for the background. This artwork was also repurposed for a six piece postage stamp set to commemorate 
the holiday of Halloween.
illustration of Slayer is part of a series of horror artwork categorized in a
illustration of Scarlet Witch is part of a series of horror artwork categorized in my
illustration of Steampunk Tycris is part of my Fantasy artwork categorized in a
illustration of I chose Scratchboard to do a portrait of a political figure. I love the drama that can be created by this medium, white lines etched into the board that help define the hi lights and shadows. The drawing began as a detailed pencil drawing, then art was transferred to the scratchboard where a transition of the drawing is done in reverse, where what was black is going to be white. I added this to,
illustration of Wine Label for Duckwalk Vineyards on Long Island NY. The vineyard had an open competition for local artists to supply artwork for their new brand of wines. I used colored pencil to render my label design using local ducks to our region. Additionally, I added grapes and vines around a wooden weaved border. My artwork was in the running, yet was not selected. They decided on a very simple, iconic label.
illustration of Urbanization is an Acrylic painting that I did as an editorial on the encroaching city landscapes that are eroding away the natural landscape. The man represents indigenous people from around the globe who face loosing their way of life, the local wildlife, and their culture. The artwork is done on a large 24
illustration of The Woods illustration is part of a graphic novel,
illustration of Every Autumn, I go out to the local farms in search of pumpkins and gourds. I set them up in a few compositions, and using colored pencils, I have an ongoing series celebrating the Fall season.
For me, the gourds color and their ever surprising shapes and sizes inspire me to create 
compositions that are as diverse as they are.
The artwork is done as horizontals on a textured drawing paper.
illustration of Top Hat Zombie is part of a series of graphite drawings digitally remastered as a sepia duotone.
The series of drawings will be released as prints on metal and sold as a set of five. The artwork also appears in the comic book-Cold Cuts, book 2.
illustration of Demon Headdress appears as a cover for the second comic book published by Double Edge:
illustration of Horror Artwork. Vamp Patch, was added to my ongoing series where I explore the Vampire clans. 
I wanted to create a portrait of an asexual person that was turned into a blood thirsty monster. My composition presents a vampire who has been scarred by the years and wears an eye patch as a metal of honor. This artwork is published in a series of trading cards and in a deck of playing cards.
illustration of Steampunk Wheelchair is part of my Fantasy artwork categorized in a
illustration of Every Halloween I create a limited edition series of iconic Halloween monsters and images. The Halloween Zombie is a mixed media painting that began with a pencil drawing followed by a ink rendering. The final ink drawing was then finalized as a marker comp and scanned in for a digital
composition using a mixed media painting for the background. This artwork was also repurposed for a six piece postage stamp set to commemorate 
the holiday of Halloween.
illustration of While living in NYC, I spent a lot of time sketching the people, streets, and buildings. My favorite street was St. Marks Place. A diverse population was always in the streets and pubs. Grassroots, my favorite pub is a place I sketched many patrons. Starting from my sketchbooks to larger drawing paper I redrew the compositions in marker and finished the artwork with Nu-pastel over the marker. Subtle color gave a distinct look to this drawing series. It also added emotion.
illustration of Liberty, Justice, and the American way used to stand for protecting the masses. I wanted to render a new version of the recognizable Lady Liberty in a more gothic style-including changing her sword for a double edge spear. The scale is balanced with skulls symbolizing humanities demise. The artwork began with a graphite drawing and was latter inked. The art was inked and colored with markers. An oil/acrylic painted background was created. Art was digitally composed.
illustration of American Angst is a political cartoon done using oil pastel. I used a caucasian female figure to best represent America as our country tries to redefine who we are. Womans' rights, Race, and what our flag stands for has all become fair game. The oil pastel, with its rich and bold color gave me the intensity I was looking for. Additionally, I used my drawing abilities to give the artwork a painterly feel.
illustration of Cat Portrait, is a commissioned piece of
illustration of In my scratchboard series I explore politics, social issues, and religion-as a fan of science fiction, I created,
illustration of Every Halloween I create a limited edition series of iconic Halloween monsters and images. The Halloween Vampire is a mixed media painting that began with a pencil drawing followed by a ink rendering. The final ink drawing was then finalized as a marker comp and scanned in for a digital
composition using a mixed media painting for the background. This artwork was also repurposed for a six piece postage stamp set to commemorate 
the holiday of Halloween.
illustration of Male Zombie is part of a series of Horror illustrations I have been working on for my Zombie collection. The illustration has been printed in a series of trading cards and used for a deck of playing cards. I also used this illustration for a limited edition Halloween card-both as a greeting card and an eblast. The artwork began with a pencil drawing followed by an ink version. The ink was prepared as a marker comp and digitized.
illustration of Fantasy artwork series. I have always enjoyed rendering sorcerers and wizards as they render their magic. The artwork began with a marker drawing and a conventional painting using oil and water-based paints. Scanned in for digital remastering. I use Photoshop to add a unique style to the original artwork that combines the digital rendering to the original art. The artwork appears on the back cover of Cold Cuts book 2.
illustration of Every Halloween I create a limited edition series of iconic Halloween monsters and images. The Halloween Ghost is a mixed media painting that began with a pencil drawing followed by a ink rendering. The final ink drawing was then finalized as a marker comp and scanned in for a digital
composition using a mixed media painting for the background. This artwork was also repurposed for a six piece postage stamp set to commemorate 
the holiday of Halloween.
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Profile

Since 1975, my passion for the process of creating art, and the ability to be an artist has never wavered. I have developed a diverse body of work that is reflected in a wide range of subject matter and use of conventional drawing and painting mediums. There is no one style, or choice of medium I use to create my drawings or paintings. No matter the subject matter or the medium(s) used to create my artwork, there is a rhythm and consistency that resonates from one piece to the next. I refer to my artwork, as “The Art Of Storytelling”. My artwork has been published by art buyers in both the marketing/advertising and fine art industries, and for the comic book, gaming, and entertainment sectors.

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Technical, Conceptual, Graphic, Logo Design, Pastel, Black & White, Oil, Cartoon, Acrylic, Watercolor, Storyboards, Fine Art, Film/Entertainment, Decorative, Line, Digital, Whimsical, Mixed Media, Impressionistic, Painterly, Stylized, Realism, Pen & Ink, Colored Pencil, Concept Art, Design, Scratchboard, Caricature, Pencil, Comps, Figurative, Line with Color

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Americana, Nature, Food, Adventure, Product, Technology, Lifestyle, Family, Political, Comic Book, Grunge, Landscape, Spiritual, Edgy, Packaging, Editorial, Humor, Health, Architecture, Science, Children's Books, Medical, Environmental, Fantasy, Vintage / Retro, Industrial, Book Covers, Portrait, Toys & Games, Ethnic, Futuristic, Animals, Historical, Still Life, Character Development, Logos, Food/Beverage, People, Education, Greeting Cards, Holidays, Mystery, Urban, Branding, Sci-Fi, Posters, Game, Action