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Inspiration: Melissa Forman

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A few months ago, my friend Melissa Forman and I were asked to interview each other for an online arts magazine called The Artist Interview. In honor of her opening this weekend at Corey Helford Gallery, I'd like to share it with you. Melissa is one of my biggest artistic influences, not to mention an amazing person and one of my closest friends! We’ve been through a lot together (which you'll read about shortly), and I’ve watched in awe over the last few years as she has produced some of the most hauntingly beautiful, intricate, and compelling paintings I’ve ever seen. Go Melissa! I truly couldn’t be prouder of her. I hope you enjoy our little walk down memory lane:
The Artist's Interview: Melissa Forman and Paul Richmond

Melissa Forman and Paul Richmond displaying different levels of enthusiasm at a Dolly Parton cd signing in Manhattan
At first glance, it might be difficult to find a connection between the work of artists Melissa Forman and Paul Richmond. The figures in Fo…

Big Gay Artist

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As you can see in this pic that I took just before heading over to Junctionview Studios this evening, I have quite a big, gay collection of work to share at the BIG GAY ART SHOW they're hosting this weekend to benefit Kaleidoscope Youth Center. See my previous post for details. If you live nearby, I hope to see you there!

Coverage

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Out in America ran an article today about my UNCOVERED contest. Check it out here (text re-printed below): OUT IN AMERICA.


UNCOVERING PAUL RICHMOND

Paul Richmond's in a pickle! He can't decide which of his latest novel cover illustrations should be released as a limited-edition giclee print. Enter Paul Richmond's UNCOVERED Contest and you could win the first print in the series as a reward! Simply choose your favorite painting from the three options, fill out the entry form, and voilĂ  - you will automatically be entered in a drawing to receive the first print in the edition of 200 made for the winning image. Also, if you're chosen as the winner, Dreamspinner Press will include a copy of the novel/novella with the prize (a print copy if it is a novel and ebook for novella). Visit the contest website for more details: www.paulrichmonduncovered.blogspot.com.

Richmond's paintings have graced the covers of twelve recent/upcoming releases from Dreamspinner Press, including …

Golden Age of Gay Fiction

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I just received a preview copy of "The Golden Age of Gay Fiction" by MLR Press, for which I was thrilled to illustrate the cover a few months ago. The book seems incredible, and I'd encourage everyone to check out this fascinating history lesson when it is released later this month. In the meantime, here's a preview of the cover (featuring fabulous inspiration courtesy of Dennis and Brian -- nice hair, guys!):


Check out my previous post, A Cover is Born, for a peek at the reference shots and progress pics.

Behind the Cover

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I was honored today to be a guest blogger on Elisa Rolle's website. Check out my "Behind the Cover" post HERE.

We used this as an opportunity to introduce my "Uncovered" contest, and the entries are pouring in. So far, the votes are pretty evenly divided between the three covers, so this could be a close call. I'm excited to see what happens!

I also shared a little bit about my process for developing cover illustrations. I'll include an excerpt below, and I invite you to check out her site for the complete article.

...This is the point when I start trying to envision the image. If I can convince Dennis to put down his textbook long enough to pose for me, that’s my first choice. Unfortunately, I’ve kind of burnt that bridge thanks to some of the ridiculous scenarios I’ve concocted in the past for my Cheesecake Boy pin-up series. I can’t imagine why my Jewish honey would find it slightly undignified to pretend that he’s putting a star on top of a Christmas …

Shades of Gray

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Here's my latest cover illustration -- it's for "Shades of Gray" by Brooke McKinley (Dreamspinner Press).

UNCOVERED Contest

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I need your help deciding which of my latest novel cover illustrations should be released as a limited-edition giclee print, and you could win the FIRST print in the series as a reward! Check out my new contest, UNCOVERED here. Simply choose your favorite painting from the three options, fill out the entry form, and voilĂ  - you will automatically be entered in a drawing to receive the first print in the edition of 200 made for the winning image. Also, if you're chosen as the winner, Dreamspinner Press will include a copy of the novel/novella with the prize (a print copy if it is a novel and ebook for novella). Good luck!!

The Big Gay Art Show

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Now I know it’s a bit of a stretch, but I’m going to be participating in an exhibit called “The Big Gay Art Show” this weekend at Junctionview Studios in Grandview, Ohio. The artists of Junctionview Studios and Kaleidoscope Youth Center are hosting what will undoubtedly be an unforgettable evening of pride, art, and community — and I’m really excited to be involved!

The public opening of "The Big Gay Art Show" will be held on Saturday, October 3rd, 2009, at 5:00 p.m. at Junctionview Studios, 889 Williams Avenue in Grandview Heights, Ohio. All proceeds from the event will benefit Kaleidoscope Youth Center. Kaleidoscope works in partnership with young people to create safe and empowering environments for LGBTQ youth aged 20 and under through advocacy, education and support. For more information, log onto their website at www.KYCohio.org.

Also, check out an article about the event on Columbus Underground HERE.

Cover Boy

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In the tradition of classic pulp novel covers that I find endlessly entertaining, I'm proud to present some of my latest contributions to the gay literary world - a series of novel covers for Dreamspinner Press. Don't they just make you want to curl up in bed with a good book (or perhaps a sexy, yet sensitive, cowboy)?