Howard Lyon | Artist Profile


Renegade Krasis, 2013. Illustration for Magic: the Gathering card.

Howard Lyon is a professional illustrator and painter. As a child growing up in Mesa, Arizona, Lyon was fascinated with role-playing games and fantasy art. He enjoyed playing Dungeons & Dragons with his friends, but soon found that he spent most of his time drawing characters and creatures inspired from the games, and knew that one day, he would become a professional illustrator. Howard Lyon’s work has been included in several role-playing games, and has completed artwork for Dungeons & Dragons books, World of Warcraft cards, Magic the Gathering, Star Wars, and more. He has also worked as an Art Director in the video game industry, as well as a concept artist and freelance illustrator for clients such as Blizzard Entertainment, Electronic Arts, Wizards of the Coast, Nintendo, MGM, Atari and more. Early in his career, fantasy and sci-fi artists like David Sutherland, Keith Parkinson, and studied the work on Don Seegmiller, James Christenson, and Robert Barrett.

In addition to his stunning fantasy artwork, Lyon also produces beautiful fine art paintings, inspired by his travels and studies in Italy, France, and at the Grand Central Academy in New York. His fine art paintings are inspirational pieces in the style of his favorite old masters like William Bouguereau, Lawrence Alma-Tadema, and John William Waterhouse. Most of this fine art paintings feature religious images, and his work has been honored in national competitions and exhibits. In 2012, his painting “From Fear to Faith” won the Merit Award at the 26th Annual Spiritual and Religious Art of Utah Exhibition, and is also a finalist in the figurative category for the 2012 Art Renewal Salon.

Lyon’s work is realistic, inspirational, and beautiful. Be sure to visit his website to explore his pages for his fantasy art, as well as his fine art paintings. For those interested in his fantasy art, be sure to check out his blog to see posts on what it’s like to create art for top clients like WoW, Dungeons and Dragons, and more! For the latest updates on his work, follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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