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Friction Literary Journal Volume 3 Cover

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Cover painting for Friction literary journal volume 3. Art direction by Dani Hedlund. The theme of the issue was 'Discovery' and I opted to lean into my darker sensibility to take that theme into an unexpected direction.

Daniel Reneau

Daniel Reneau

illustration of Weeping for what's been lost when you have no more tears to shed.

oil, painting, digital, gothic, horror, blood, woman, fantasy, dark, evil, sad, scary, haunting, nudity, portrait, hair, heart, crying, tears, eyes, tragedy
illustration of Because eldrtich horror needn't be a savage affair.

horror, painting, cthulhu, lovecraft, h.p. lovecraft, victorian, octopus, evil, dark, fantasy, oil, digital, arkham, gentleman, parody, humor, funny
illustration of Illustration for the short story 'Hunting Season' published in Friction literary journal Volume 19.

illustration of There's always savagery beneath the veil of civility.

horror, bird, blood, man, forest, birds, dark, hands, face, wings, feathers, dinner, feast, evil
illustration of Created for the horror video game Dead by Daylight.

horror, nurse, weapon, scary, smoke, dress, evil, dark, sun, blade, scream, video game, dead, dead by daylight
illustration of Specters from the past foretell the future that awaits the present. 
Illustration for the short story 'Someone Else's Soul' from Friction literary journal volume 16.

horror, woman, nude, ghosts, spirits, graveyard, cemetery, trees, stars, sky, moon, evil, dark, violence, death, scary, tombstone, grave
illustration of By the time you notice it, it's too late.
Cover illustration for Friction literary journal volume 3.

Horror, book, cover, slime, alien, lantern, scuba, pulp, eyes, mask, light, city
illustration of Saint Nicholas isn't coming this year...

horror, dark, scary, demon, devil, krampus, fire, goat, horns, flame, blood, smile, creature, hell, christmas
illustration of Better to reign in the Burning Hells, than serve in the High Heavens.

Diablo, devil, demon, hell, fire, flame, evil, horror, creature, video game, lightning
illustration of Judgement is coming.

Silent Hill, horror, scary, blood, blade, video game, comic book, dark, evil


Daniel Reneau is an illustrator and toy designer from Denver, Colorado whose art is steeped in the realms of the horrific, the dark, and otherworldly. He is a graduate of the Academy of Art University and a 2013 winner of the L. Ron Hubbard Illustrators of the Future award. His work has been seen in illustrations, cards, games, and toys ranging from Star Wars and Aliens to Dungeons & Dragons and Marvel.


Digital, Figurative, Fine Art, Graphic, Line, Line with Color, Oil, Painterly, Pen & Ink, Realism, Texture, Whimsical, Film/Entertainment


Humor, Action, Adventure, Animals, Book Covers, Editorial, Fantasy, Food, Holidays, Mystery, People, Portrait, Posters, Sci-Fi, Toys & Games, Lifestyle, Vintage / Retro, Feminine, Masculine, Spiritual, Game, Edgy