Artist Spotlight and Interview with Dave Seeley
By Scott Green
September 12, 2016
I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Dave Seeley at the 2016 San Diego Comic Con. A little background on Dave Seeley, he was born in Boston and continues to be based there. Dave went to Rice University and earned a dual degree in architecture and fine art. He practiced architecture for about a dozen years before he finally decided to become a full time artist. Since becoming an artist he has created an impressive amount of work, primarily in the SciFi and fantasy genres. His work has appeared on a large number of book covers, ads, and video game covers.
Published in 2015, The Art of Dave Seeley, is an incredible book of his work, that I recommend to anyone that appreciates his work. Dave was also featured in the documentary film by Michael MacDonald at Roadhouse films called Visions From the Edge: The Art of Science Fiction. Dave Seeley works in 2D and 3D, using photographic, digital and traditional mediums.
For more about Dave Seeleys work check out his website at www.daveseeley.com.
Some individual pieces are:
Star Wars Crykon Escape (cancelled) – Han and Chewbacca
Novel jacket for How Dark The World Becomes – by Frank Chadwick for Baen Books
Vader and the 501st”
The Goddess Animalia
Book cover for Baen Books. David Webber, Tim Zahn and Tom Pope… A Call to Vengeance.
Rōnin Halon Entertainment FromSoft Games
Battle of Bunker Hill for Harcourt School Publishers, and featured in the Expos Art Annual.
John Carter and the Princess of Mars for Baen Books.
Book cover for Clive and Dirk Cussler. Odessa Sea. Featuring Clive’s signature character Dirk Pitt.
War Machine, done for Solaris Books.
New jacket image for Baen Books. The Golden Gate by Robert Buettner. Featuring Brandon S. Stumpf and Dynasty Boston model Josefa Taberoa.
Book cover for Baen Books. Project Elfhome. This is an anthology of stories set in the Tinkerverse created by Wen Spencer.
Movie Poster for the upcoming Neil Johnson film, Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter, featuring lead actress Tracey Birdsall, Daz Crawford (left) and Aaron Jacques (right)
Interview with Dave Seeley:
- Is there any more Star Wars work, since new movies are being released?
DS: Nothing yet, as he’s not their type of artist
- What are your inspirations?
DS: His favorite classical artist is Caravaggio. He also draws inspiration from Robert McGinnis , Alan Spiegel, and Kent William, Rick Berry, Phil Hale, Ash Woods, Chris Moeller, John Muth, Dave McKean.
- How fast do you work?
DS: It depends on the client input into the project, but normally he works pretty quickly.
- What are you currently working on?
DS: 2 jackets for Baen books, one David Webber book, roller coaster images for Sea World Texas.
- Is there anything on his wish list of projects to do?
DS: He can choose what he wants and will be able to do his own vision
- How do you make your work so realistic?
DS: His background is in architecture and fine art. He starts the process digitally and makes sure that the light sources are plausible. He then thinks in 3D and what is the point of view in order to make it feel more engaged.
Below is a gallery of some more of his work:
All images courtesy of Dave Seeley.