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Richard H. Fay

Battle Beneath the Mere, artwork, Issue 19, June 1, 2012

Richard H. Fay currently resides in upstate New York with his wife, daughter, two cats, and a rather confused shepherd-chow mix. Formerly a laboratory technician-turned-home educator, Richard now spends his days juggling a number of writing and art projects. History, myth, folklore, legend, true tales of the supernatural, all serve as inspiration for his creative endeavours. Many of the fruits of his labour have appeared in a variety of e-zines, print magazines, and anthologies.

Get to know Richard...

Birthdate? 1968
When did you start doing artwork? I've been drawing since I was a kid, but I first started selling my artwork at some local arts and crafts fairs in the late 1990s. I began submitting my artwork to various publications in 2007.
When and what and where did you first get published?
My first art publication was my illustration for my poem "The Unseelie Court". Both poem and accompanying illustration appeared in the June 2007 issue of Fantastic Horror.
Do you use reoccurring themes or images in your illustrations? I always find myself going back to medieval imagery. Even some of my sci-fi pieces are influenced by my love of things medieval.
What media do you like to work in? Why? I've always liked to draw. I prefer to work with artist's pens on Bristol paper. I then scan my drawings and colour them digitally. I used to colour my drawings by hand, but I've found it much easier to colour them digitally.
What artist's work do you most admire? How has this artist's work influenced you? I really admire Arthur Rackham. His linework was amazing. I love the little details he would often add to his work.

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