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Hi DA friends,

It's been a tad long since I've posted an update. It's been a bumpy 2014 however I've survived :) and am doing well. I've decided to go freelance again which means I am a gun for hire or should I say a brush for hire now :). I'm living in the Los Angeles area in sunny California now and I'm also teaching a Creature design class at Gnomon school of VFX. I'm back to doing art for me and illustration and freelance concept art. I've been contracted to do all the interior art for H.G. Wells "War of the Worlds" which will be published by the Easton press www.eastonpress.com.

good to be back in DA,

JP

Time flies by,


Happy New Year friends. I hope to post more this year and mingle a bit more with my Deviant peeps. All the best to you and I hope everyone does more awesome art this year!



JP

Hi DA friends,

I know it's been awhile and it's shameful that I have not updated or posted in several months. A couple of personal and professional things happened that has occupied my time.
The personal is personal and I keep for myself. I can say on a professional tip is that I've been working as a senior concept artist for Epic games since August 2012. I'm very fortunate to be there as I'm in the company of some of the most talented and brilliant game developers and artist in the world. Everyday I learn something new or see something amazing.
This is no excuse for not doing my own art as I will still do that and try to post when I can. I've missed the community here and seeing all the rising talented artist here.

Happy New year all and lets keep doing more kick ass art in 2013!

JP Targete
Hi DA,

I usually don't like to plug available prints as they are listed in the images pages. Since I've gotten a few request for this one and a few others, thought I would let you all know
that I have made my Game of Thrones painting available as a print on Deviant. The painting was an original commission for a board game and was done with traditional oil paints.
Thats a rare in istelf as I work digitally 90% of the time.




here's the direct link

www.deviantart.com/print/24848…


JP Targete
www,targeteart.com
sketch book: www.blurb.com/books/2672557
A collection of personal and commissioned sketches and drawings by J.P. Targete
including insights written by the artist.

80 drawings and sketches created with traditional mediums graphite, paper, pen and ink, and markers.
5 digital drawings.
******************************************************************************

The Art of J.P. Targete
www.targeteart.com
personal blog: www.targeteart.com/default.htm
******************************************************************************

from the book:

"From the depths of my imagination and from all the media I was absorbing I was able to to create anything I wanted with graphite and paper. I hadn't even hit puberty yet but I was creating worlds a child should never create. Screaming beasts, barbarians, savage amazons and alien worlds .
There was no "Mouse" there was no "Bunny" there was only my world, and it was some times scary as hell. "   

J.P. Targete 2011 "      





A preview is available here
www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail…
Just click the cover

some sample pages

    




This book is special to me as I designed it, wrote it and obviously did all the art on the cover and inside. If your a supporter of my work or an artist or aspiring artist and would like to get down to the bare essence of my art this is for you. The more of these that find homes the more personal art and books I can make.

For personal signed copies send me a message and we can arrange something.

purchase info available here
www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail…
Hi DA,

Hope everyone is doing great and kicking ass with their art. Congrats to all the winners on the Collussus contest. It was alot of fun to participate in that.
So I've been real busy thanks the heaven :) with the crappy US economy. I've posted a few new images I've been working on. I just finished working a TV commercial Pitch with Pyops.tv if you don't know who they are just visit www.psyop.tv you have probably seen some of their amazing TV commercials, some very creative people.
Also I know I've been yapping about publishing a sketchbook for years..I know it gets old he he but good news I've started to finally put it together and will update with news on that.

till next time

Adios

JP
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Hey DA,

I just wanted to check in and update everyone on whats been going on. First I have completed some interior art for a children's novel titled "The Sword of Darrow" written by father and son duo Hal and Alex Malchow and is published by Benbella Books. You can pre-order at Amazon here:

www.amazon.com/Sword-Darrow-Ha…

I've posted a few images in my gallery of some of the art for that book.

Also I'm working with a well known Film Director on a potentially fantastic project. I can't reveal any details yet and it maybe avwhile but I'm really excited about it. I'm also in the process of working on a project with Bad ass Zakk Wylde, famed guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and Black Label Society. I'll keep everyone up to date when I can confirm details.

I also wanted to take the time to thank everyone for posting and supporting my work and the other fantastic artists on DA. We are all connected through art no matter who we are or where we are from, art always has a way of breaking barriers and unleashing the creativity of the individual yet reaching many.

regards,

J.P. Targete
www.targeteart.com
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Hey all,

In appreciation for all my supporters and friends I've posted an online tutorial on my blog as mentioned in the previous journal entry. Share it with friends and your fellow artist. Drop me some feedback if it was helpful or not or let me know what you want to see in the future.

Also I'm dedicated to blogging more and sharing my experience in the industry and in my career. The goal is to help aspiring artist and seasoned pros who want to know my experiences good or bad, highs and lows.

So head over to this link to view it

Tutorial: Painting Dark Fantasy a Digital process by J.P. Targete
targeteart.com/default.htm

Hit me up with some feedback either here or on my blog, this is very helpful for me to know what I can do for future tutorials.

I've also added more Prints to my Deviant store so check it out.

all the best,

JP
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Hey all,

I posted an older tutorial I did for Imaginefx on my blog, check it out.

jp-targete.blogspot.com/2011/0…

will update it daily.


cheers!


JP

WWW.TARGETEART.COM
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Hey DA,

2011 is upon us and it looks to be a very intersting year. Looking forward to seeing more great work from everyone and doing more art this year for myself.
I've posted some new work in progress pieces on my blog, so if your interested in seeing them head over to my blog:

jp-targete.blogspot.com/

I'll set up a work in progress folder in my DA gallery but in the meantime you can subscribe to the blog for updates.

Hope everyone is doing well.

regards,

JP
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Damn has it been that long since I've posted on my journal? Frazetta passed away in May, holy crap it has been that long.
My apologies all, I've been so busy that I've lost track of space and time, the world is a blur to me I just see pixels, ha!

Just updated the gallery. I have alot more but cant show it right now.

Comic book update: Well I completed the first issue of Radical Comics: "The Rising" you can get info here on it

www.radicalpublishing.com/titl…

Got some mixed reviews of the art but mostly positive, I'm glad since it was my debut into sequentials, I have so much to learn though.
Unfortunately I won't be doing the rest of the issues it's become difficult to juggle other higher paying jobs and "The rising" so I've had to bite the bullet on that and move on, I wish those guys the best.
Hopefully though with time I can start doing my own personal projects which includes a graphic novel and start posting it for you all to see, fun stuff.

I hope everyone is doing well and being productive..old man winter is coming that means alot of cold nights painting..he he fun.

all the best,

JP
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The great Frank Frazetta passed away this month.
Frazetta was one of the artist who inspired me to become an illustrator of the fantasy and sci-fi generes.

I wont go into a long monologue about his acomplishments as there is plenty of material on the net. I do want to say a few words on what his art meant to me.

Frazetta's work ignited in me as a youth and burned fire and desire into me to create art that I enjoyed. If everyone else did not get it, that was all right as long as I enjoyed what I was doing. A child of the late 70's and 80's there wasn't to much out there other then comics and movies to inspire. So when I saw my first Frazetta it blew my mind and transported me from the everyday life to worlds filled with warriors, beautiful moon maidens and ferocious creatures and barbarians. His work was simply "raw" no sugar coating no editing for the kiddies no pg-13. It was as if he created this world so he could play in it and hey it was a savage , beautiful mysterious world only Frazetta could survive in. A world that inspired generations of artist and illustrators.
When I heard of his passing of course I was shocked because I felt like the guy was immortal, I mean he had been through so much yet he continued to do his thing. I dont think you have to meet someone to know them. Much of their personality comes through in their art and that was the case with frazetta.
I never had the chance to meet him but his inspiration is as relevant to me today as it was back then when I was a kid. I will always be humbled and grateful to his contribution to the genre of art but mostly for what he has given to me and my art.

He will be missed but never forgotten

May you rest in peace mighty Frazetta.

J.P. Targete


If anyone reading this is not familiar with his work and enjoys my work this is one of the artist who got me on the path of what I am doing now as an artist and illustrator, so I suggest you look him up and you will actually see a path of inspiration from one generation of fantasy illustrators to the next.

If you really want to see who inpisred Frazetta look up these guys as well, N.C. Wyeth, Howard Pyle, Maxfield Parrish, Roy Krenkel, J. Allen St. John.
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Hey DA,

Hope everone is doing great, I should visit and post more often but hard to find the time. I have a new baby boy in my life and he's a handful along with his brother the Targete clan grows strong he he :).

Radical comics released the cover image or one of the cover images for the comic book series I'm working on with E. Max Frye (HBO's screen writer Band of Brothers). I've posted the artwork in my gallery. The first issue which will be fully painted goes on sale in June.

Here's a quick link to the info:

www.brokenfrontier.com/headlin…

The one thing I can say is this is the most challenging project I've ever worked on conceptually and just the sheer quantity of visuals, but hey it's a load of fun.

Will update as I am able to release more images etc.

all the best,

JP
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Hey DA,

Damn been awhile, sorry for the lack of post all. Most of the work I am doing at the moment I cannot post yet. I'm working on a graphic novel/comic book with Radical comics, once I can post something I'll do so. I can say it's been a real challenge for me but lots of fun. I'm also doing some WOW cards, fun to work on that, I'll post when I have permission from Blizzard.

I 'll post some personal quick concepts when I can.

I'm looking forward to Avatar this month, had a few friends who worked on that. It's amazing how technology keeps moving forward giving artist even more tools to play with. It still takes a creative mind and skillful artisan to pull off true art with any technology or software, but it's sure nice to see this happening. I can't imagine 5 or 10 years from now.

all the best,

JP
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Hey DA, I wanted to share some news with you. As some of you know in April I left the gig at Ignition entertainment. At the time it was a little depressing because I left behind some good friends and talented artist who wanted to finish the project with me. In the last 2 months I've been returning to my roots and creating art. Though I enjoy art directing especially if I have a great team to work with, there is simply nothing like creating art yourself and envisioning whole worlds, scenes, characters and creatures etc, this is what I really enjoy and live for.

I've always felt that my work was best suited for story telling be it a single illustration a character design or a comicbook, film etc. I also feel like the level of detail I put in some of my work was suited more for illustration and film then games, though the technology used to visualize and play games is coming closer to cinema, It's not quite there but it's coming along.

Well now it's all coming together as I will be working on a big feature film and will disclose info as I am allowed to in the future.

The other part of the news is that I also will be working with Radical comics on a new series/graphic novel which will be my first comicbook/sequential work. I cannot disclose any other info on either project but I can say that the graphic novel will be fully painted.

So just when I thought my career was maxing out I'm thrown another wave of adventure and wonderment that my art has brought to me, it's very crazy at times to think what I will get myself into next or should I say what my art will get me into :). Just read the previous Journal entry to see how crazy a life of an artist can be.

If I dont post as often you now know what I will be doing, but the good thing when the work is done and ready to show there will be a good chunk.

I'll do my best to keep DA informed of my whereabouts and projects.

all the best,

JP
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In 2004 I was introduced into the world game concept art. I got my first game gig at Ncsoft and worked on Tabula Rasa their sci-fi MMOG. It was an amazing experience and a very sobering one as well. I made a lot of friends there and learned a ton from many of them. I must say though my greatest experience was interacting with the development team in Austin and creating concepts and seeing them brought to life by the 3d artist, animators and programmers. I also had the chance to meet NCSOFT employees from Korea and China as I visted both places. Now those are memories I will never let go of.

I am very thankful for getting to know those people and making friends all over the world. I think the experience transformed me in good ways. As a freelnace illustrator you tend to be sheltered a bit more because you are on your own but working as a concept artist or art director etc you have to be able to communicate and interact with others and take crits all the time and give crits, it's not always easy to hear but a part of the industry.

Unfortunately Tabula Rasa did not do well when it debuted in late 2007 and in Feb 2009 the servers were shutdown. I guess its a bit sad to think all the hard work the 9 am to 3am work days the 2 hrs in traffic on the LA 405 and all the things that come with working on a big project can easily be nulled in a heart beat, well maybe.

The nice thing about art though you can always look at it and remember exactly where you were when you created it and your state of mind, and what was going on in your life at the time. So when I look at one of my old TR concepts hundreds of memories come pouring in.

Me and the wife drove from FL TO CA when I got hired at NCSOFT and seeing those amazing mountains coming from flat Florida drew tears to my eyes. Knowing that I was on an adventure of a life time to do what I've always wanted to do, and that was to create concepts and characters and environments that people could enjoy or even get terrified by or hate etc. The point is everytime you create something its not art unless you leave a part of you in it. This is why I create what I create not for the money not for the fame but for the frekle face little kid or adult who wants to see something diffrent new and amazing. It's why we go see movies, play games, read books, listen to music etc.

I've posted some of the art I created for Tabula Rasa in my gallery, so now when you look at them you know a little about the journey and experiences they were created around :)




JP
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Hey Deviant people. Just wanted to update you all on thats been going down with me. I have good and bad news. The bad news first, unfortunately I've decided to leave the video game company I was with, I left on good terms so I wish them the best of luck and thanks for the experience. The good news though is now I can get back to creating art. I've also been getting back into my graphic novel.
So expect if not "demand" I post some art up :). As images from publishers and clients become available for me to post, Deviant will be one of the first places for me to show the new stuff.

I appreciate all the fantastic support you all have shown me and this is an amazing website and community and I hope to start getting more involved.

all the best,

JP
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Hi DA,

Wow feels like ages since I've been around. I've been busy with the video game project I'm working on at Ignition Florida. Top secret can't reveal any artwork yet but hopefully in the near future. It's been great so far alot of work but wouldn't have it any other way.

Please forgive me for not replying to notes and comments etc, I've literally been out of the loop with DA and my website for months. I've posted a new image in my gallery and may post a few more, no biggies just some work I did pre-video game gig in Florida.

I hope everyone is doing well, painting and drawing like the mad people I know you are :). Looking forward to seeing all the good stuff as soon as I get a chance.

all the best,

JP
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Hi DA,

Well looks like I will will be working as Visual director at Ignition Usa, www.ignitionusa.com/index.htm
What that means is I will be moving to Florida to work some of the most talented game devlopers in the world. It also means that I will play a big role in developing the visual style of their next generation ground breaking video games.

This brings me up to my next issue. Currently we are looking for solid I mean very solid 2d environment, and character artist to join the team and are willing to relocate to Florida.

No amateur or fan artist! we need very skilled artist with talent and who have working experience. Basically use my artwork as a skill level gauge to determine if your work is up to my level, or near, if so send me a link to your gallery we will contact you if we are interested. Don't send multiple messages again if we are interested we will contact you.

This is a great chance to work with yours truly on what I believe will be ground breaking art for a video game.

good luck!

JP Targete
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It's been to long since I've posted been busy as a hell, which is good but not so good for journal updating. As some of you know I'm working with Gentle Giant studios right now and it's been fun so far, worked on some game and commercial work. I also did a conan painting for fantasy flight games,  "The age of Conan", board game cant show it yet.

I've also been doing some concepts for my graphic novel, going slow on that front. The dream is to do a graphic novel and hopefully get it published so I can die a happy man :). Seriously though it amazes me how much time as artst we spend working on other peoples projects and not our own, which is not a bad thing but would be nice to do your own thing once in a while free of art direction time constraints etc.

It's a good dream and I have the highest respect for those brave enough to do it on their own.

peace for now,

JP
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