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Artist Spotlight

Artist Showcase: Maxim Verehin

Maxim Verehin is a 23-year-old illustrator and concept artist from Kalach-na-Donu, a “god forgotten” small town near Volgograd in the southwest corner of Russia. He has been doing digital illustration since 2008, and now works as a concept artist for Applibot, a Japanese gaming company, and for a Ukrainian post-apocalyptic RPG action game.


You have been doing digital illustration since you were 19. How did you get started?

I drew before then, but only rarely. One day I decided to throw myself into studying digital illustration, and didn’t stop. Here I am, four years later, without any kind of social life.

Your work is roundly dark and often grotesque. What do you think draws you to such macabre subjects?

I do like to draw a variety of subjects, but I’m not really sure why I favor drawing dark things. I don’t really like to get introspective about it because I might just conclude that I’m actually psychotic.

Which artists inspire you?

Oh, so many. People always say, “Hey, you must be a fan of Beksiński or Giger,” and my response is, “You are completely wrong!” I mostly study and emulate the old masters, especially Alfons Mucha.

Horror artists are sometimes thought of as grim individuals, but your work has a satirical edge (“Dead Santa,” “Po,” “Dr. Zoidberg,” “Obey the Dog”). Is this a way to take a break from the dark themes of your work? Or do you see it as a social/political tool?

As I said, I’m not about dark art all the time. To say I like moody stuff would be a better description. And I am always open to new topics.

What’s your dream illustration job?

Heh, hard to say now! Two years ago, I dreamed of doing concept art for a game company. Dreams do come true! I guess someday I would like the chance to create CD cover art for my favorite DJ.

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Julia Sevin

Julia Sevin (photo by Donovan Fannon)Originally hailing from Northern California, Julia Sevin is a transplant flourishing in the fecund delta silts of New Orleans. Together with husband R.J. Sevin, she owns and edits Creeping Hemlock Press, specializing in limited special editions of genre literature and, most recently, zombie novels. She is an autodidact pixelpusher who spends her days as the art director for a print brokerage designing branding and print pieces for assorted political bigwigs, which makes her feel like an accomplice in the calculated plunder of America. Under the cover of darkness (like Batman in more ways than she can enumerate), she redeems herself through pro bono design, sordid illustration, and baking the world’s best pies. She is available for contract design/illustration including book layouts and websites. See more of her work at juliasevin.com or follow her at facebook.com/juliasevindesign.