September 30, 2003

Addition to the Fan Art Gallery by Tsiba Egor

A couple of weeks ago, someone sent me a link to Tsiba's website. Tsiba is a computer artist from the Ukraine. As I toured the site, I was surprised to see a couple of 3D renditions of my Insanely Twisted Rabbits. I thought they were excellent. I particularly liked the furry rendering of the Demon Dog Rabbit.

I sent an email to Tsiba asking him if I could feature his images in my Fan Art Gallery. He responded with the following email:

Hi Michel.

I am glad to your letter. Your art-works are magnificent. It is excellent inspiration! I agree to your offer, it will be great.

Good luck. Was glad to our acquaintance.

P.S. dont you think that my site on non-english its to difficult to navigate?

You can click on either images for a larger view.

September 25, 2003

Addition to the Fan Art Gallery by David Shorey

Here's another crazy rabbit that was sent to me with the following email:

Dear Mr. Gagné:

I absolutely love your book [Insanely Twisted Rabbits]. Like James Prevette, I did a 3d Rabbit inspired by your book. Here is my messed up Easter Bunny.

Thank you for your Time.

David Shorey

September 20, 2003

Addition to the Fan Art Gallery by Becky Ballantine

The "Insanely Twisted Rabbits" fever is spreading all over the world! Check out this email I recently received from the UK:

Hi Michel,

I just have to tell you, that your artwork is very inspiring! I've been a fan of yours since I bought your rabbit book back in 2000. I was so fascinated by your book, I've collected all your books since. I even went one step further and bought one of your original bunnies, which I treasure so much.

I've just recently graduated Animation from Glamorgan Centre for Art, Design & Technology in South Wales, UK and initiated an activity there where my fellow studio friend's would sketch deformed rabbits and I realised I had to create some weird bunnies too. I have sent you the final outcomes, to see what you think?

Best Wishes,
Becky Ballantine

Thank you so much for the nice email, Becky. I did like your drawings and as a result, I gave you your own little spot in my Fan Art Gallery!

September 15, 2003

My contribution to the Artistic Interpretations of Literary Figures Collection

Here's a recent commission I did (click on image for a larger view) for a fellow named Steven Gettis. It all came about when I received the following email:

Hi Michel,

I've actually been procrastinating in getting a hold of you for some time now (though not quite sure why). I finally tracked down a copy of Numar yesterday at a local shop and loaned out the Zed trade and "Rabbits" to my sister-in-law the day before and I figured it was too many "Michel Gagné" coincidences in my life to ignore. :-)

Over the past bit , I've been constructing a personal themed sketch collection (and corresponding website to display these things) that features different artists and writers interpreting their favourite literary characters or authors. It's really done remarkably well the response to it has been so amazingly positive with new stuff by Alex Toth, Joe Kubert, Will Eisner, Gene Colan, Jim Mahfood, David Mack, Mark Andrews, Bill Sienkiewicz, Kaluta, Renee French, Jeff Jones, Herb Trimpe, Walt Simonson, John Buscema, George Pratt, Bryan Talbot, Jon Muth, and Scott Morse (amoung many others). The site with all the artwork posted is at: http://www.digitalmedusa.com/sgettis and worth checking out if you have the time.

Michel, is there any way I get you involved in this? Unfortunately there is no way I can make this request in person (as I live in Southern Alberta) and have had to rely on email, snail mail and the kindness of others for this entire thing so far (but I can't really complain as I've been really blessed with the way it's been received).

I really hope that this is something you find appealing. All the best from Canada,


After exchanging a few emails and agreeing on terms, I created this image inspired by Felix Salten's children's book classic.

September 10, 2003

Rejected Cover for The Towers of Numar

Every time I create a book, there's a lot of artwork that doesn't make it in the final product. As they say in the movie industry, a lot of footage ends up on the cutting floor.

For some reason, The Towers of Numar was a particularly difficult book to nail down. For a period of over two years, it went through several incarnations, styles and shapes. So much so, that my wife was actually having doubt that the book would ever see the light of the day.

Here is a rejected cover (with a humanoid Meeka) that was done over a year before the actual release. The image on the right is the final cover.

You can click on either images for a larger view.

September 05, 2003

Freaky Flora

One of the projects I'm currently wrapping up is an upcoming hardcover book called Freaky Flora: From A to Z (a companion to my 2002 release, Frenzied Fauna: From A to Z).

This wacky alphabet book features renditions of plants I've observed while hiking, visiting nurseries and botanical gardens, and researching at my local library. I just love plants and I'm having a blast putting my own spin on nature's incredible designs.

The book will be release in the first half of next year.

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