So I am back from my trip to Japan, and it's been a wonderful time ! I stayed in Tokyo, Izu, Kyoto, Osaka and Nara, and had the best time ever ! I posted some pics on my fb page, for those interested
Before leaving for Tokyo, I had the great chance to meet Anneke Van Giersbergen (The Gentle Storm, ex The Gathering) as well as members of Stream of Passion (Eric Hazebroek and Marcela Bovio) after the gig over at the Divan du Monde It is so great to meet the people you work for in real life ! I really cherish those moments
Please ignore my silly face ^^
Now I am back in my hometown and will have a signing session tomorrow at Bordeaux Geek Festival
On monday, the 18th of May, Kickstarter campaign for the 78Tarot Nautical will be launched and I am mega anxious about it : it's been a really great experience to create a tarot card for this collective deck along with established artists such as Amy Brown or Selina Fenech, and the pictures I have seen from the printed deck are already impressive !
A new original artwork will be revealed on monday too ! And then I will be back to commissionned art and personal art (I miss doing artwork so much !)
What is Patreon ?
Patreon is a crowdfunding platform that allows artists to obtain funding from patrons on a recurring basis or per artwork.
When Kickstarter campaigns aim at funding one single project, Patreon turns you into my patron and in return, I have pretty much to offer !
Starting $1 to simply support my art, you can choose the option you prefer and be granted privileges such as wallpaper downloads, personal artistic guidance, or even autographed prints delivered monthly to your home !
And of course I will grant an ultimate pledge per month (1 slot only) :
Feel free to have a look at my campaign, and share it ! Your support means a lot to me !
Artwork featured on the banner is Hades and Persephone (click for full artwork credits)
Now pre-orders have just opened and I really cannot believe how amazing everything looks : there are of course cd's, digipak, but also LP's, a tshirt and even a 48 pages artbook !
I can't wait to get my copies
Pre orders will all be signed by Arjen and Anneke : Release date: March 23, 2015.
Arjen's webstore: www.store.arjenlucassen.com
Anneke's webstore: www.annekevangiersbergen.com/shop
"Break out the candy hearts and crafting paper, because the Valentine's Day Art Exchange is back! With Valentine's Day just around the corner, now's the time to create valentines for your fellow deviants to share with their special someones."
This year I have submitted my latest one, The Heart Collector, into the Valentine Exchange category so you can use it as a Valentine's card ^^ Have fun and spread the love
If you wonder about the exchange, how to submit and how it works, make sure to read the following journal, where everything is explained
Valentine's Day Art Exchange 2015The Valentine's Day Art Exchange is back! Break out the virtual glitter and cyber candy hearts, and create valentines for your fellow deviants to send to their special someones!
DIGITAL LOVE IS IN THE AIR
Break out the candy hearts and crafting paper, because the Valentine's Day Art Exchange is back! With Valentine's Day just around the corner, now's the time to create valentines for your fellow deviants to share with their special someones.
Take part and help spread the love!
Start now by creating a digital valentine to be submitted to the Valentine Exchange category. Then, from February 11th to 16th, deviations in the Valentine Exchange category can be sent as valentines to your friends and loved ones!
How It Works
Create Valentine-themed deviations and submit them to the
A new book cover I've done has just been announced, and it's called Iris Empoisonné(e) by Switzerland-based author Cindy Mezni (Publishing company : J'ai Lu / April 2015) Good news is that the book will also be released in the US as Poisoned Iris and you'll find the info about the release here www.cindymezni.com/#!iris-empo…, on Cindy's website.
It's the third time by now that I work for J'ai Lu, which is one of the leading publishing companies in my country and as usual it's been a great collaboration
You can also follow the trilogy fb page on : www.facebook.com/pages/Iris-Em…
Have a great monday and stay tuned for incoming new artwork !
Make sure to follow me on for more art, news, contests and giveaways ! www.facebook.com/pages/Alexand…
I apologize for not having mega active on the groupe this week (work work work) so here are my favs among the great pieces of artwork included this week : as usual feel free to comment/fav the selected piece, but make sure to visit the deviant's galleries too !
Aaaaand a special feature for deviant
Moody has always been a great supporter of mine, but also an inspiring artist to follow, make sure to visit his gallery !
Have a nice weekend guys and see you next week ^^
Incoming great news ! I am so glad to have been chosen to create the Two of Swords card for the 78 Tarot : A collaborative tarot deck project !
This collaborative project gathers 80 artists from all over the world to create a beautiful and original tarot deck. First deck was successfully funded last year on Kickstarter (124 %) and now we're on our way to start the second deck, the Nautical one seventy-eight-tarot.com/nautic…;
Renowned artists such as Amy Brown, Selina Fenech, Jasmine Becket-Griffith are also part of the journey, and I seriously can't wait for the campaign to be launched ! I will let you know about its opening on Kickstarter pretty soon !
Make sure to follow the 78 Tarot page here : www.facebook.com/78TarotProjec…
Here's my selection of amazing artwork for the week ! Make sure to visit the artists galleries and give them the support and encouragement they need and deserve !
Have a beautiful week and make sure to join DigitalSpotlight for more eye candy !
Here's the second installment of my Sunday Digital Spotlight Feature !
Today I've picked my favourites among all the amazing artworks featured by the group this past week. Here they are for you to enjoy :
Make sure to have a look at those deviant's galleries ! They truly deserve it and of course more exposure for their art
If you haven't already make sure to join DigitalSpotlight to discover more digital eye candies ^^
I wish you a great week
Thanks so much to Ginryuzaki and AbbeyMarie <3
A big up to the beautiful model Elisanth and the original photographer, Zatsepin Alex,
Again, thanks to you all for being so supportive of my artwork, and for so many years now,
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DigitalSpotlight's aim is to promote great works of photomanipulation and digital painting & drawing that deserve more attention than they are currently getting.
Therefore, as a co-founder, once a week, I'll be featuring in my journal a particular deviant and his/her still undiscovered amazing artwork and for this first installment I've chosen MinaMillustration
Digital Spotlight #1 : MinaMillustration
Mina is a very talented illustrator with a beautiful dark and romantic universe, her artwork often graces the cover of many french novels and she will have her first artbook published later this year. I am glad to display some of her amazing pieces today !
Make sure to join the group over at
Of course there are a thousand things I want to do and see when I'm there, but if you've already visited those cities and regions, let me know about magical places that are not to be missed (either cultural, monuments, activities, or just shopping places...) I want to hear about your experience in Japan before I leave !!
I already started to list everything I wanna do, but I guess 20 days won't be sufficient !
Today in Paris 12 people -, journalists, satirical cartoonists, and a policeman - were shot to death over at Charlie Hebdo newspaper office by two armed men.
I am totally speechless and deeply shocked : all my thoughts go to their families and relatives.
Defend our Freedom of Speech forever.
When it comes to me, 2014 has been amazing, and I can't wait for 2015 to rock as much as possible ! I am working on so many projects, a dozen of new book covers are up to be announced in the upcoming months, and I am really looking forward to the release of The Gentle Storm cd. On the 22nd of April I'll be in Paris for TGS concert where Anneke just invited me a couple of days ago and OMG I still cant believe I'll be meeting her as well as band Stream of Passion for this very special concert. I am so anxious about all those new encounters !
It's not a secret anymore I am working on a follow up book for Requiem, I hope it'll be out in 2016/2017, it'll be a very long work, and this will be mega demanding but I am sure it'll be worth the wait !
To wish you a very new and great year, I have just submitted this little thingie, I'm such a geek mythology fan (with a dark twist however) ! Do you like it ? I think I should do more male-based digital art, but oh they just are so complicated to do ! Anyway I hope you'll love this new one
Now I have started a new beautiful piece, based on the picture of a well known alternative model, I am so anxious to complete it too !
Ok, back to my three last days of vacation ! Oh btw make sure to follow me on instagram as well : instagram.com/alexandravbach I will post there wip's, misc pictures and candids <3
Love you all,
So as 2014 draws to its close I feel like doing a little journal entry regarding all the great things that made that year so special.
First of all, I have had the great chance to attend many book conventions in France (mostly Paris) to promote my artbook Requiem. Those moments have been precious to me, I met many authors, made new friends and I look forward to more signing sessions in 2015.
Regarding the collaborations, I fulfilled my dream of working for (and with) my favourite singer Anneke Van Giersbergen (ex the Gathering, now The Gentle Storm with Arjen Lucassen). I also collaborated with Stream of Passion for their latest album ‘A war of our own’ and this was also extremely enjoyable. Now I can’t wait to meet them all in April for their parisian gig ^^
Last but not least, I did around 30 book covers, that have been released through major publishing companies, and am looking forward doing more covers by next year !
I am also planning to license more of my artwork, and publish new artbooks in the years to come, so stay tuned for 2015 will be very intense !
So I wish you a great Holiday time, a merry Xmas and a fantastic new year !!
Make sure to follow me on fb www.facebook.com/pages/Alexand… for exclusive news and contests J
The first two artworks I've created can be seen below :
The third one is done and will be revealed in a couple days !
However, this is going to be a long series, and I can say that it already raised an interest from editors, bands and so on and got proposals for book and exhibitions. So since it's going to be a very important and personal project, I've thought about a model call, so models who love this series can be a part of it. I am always grateful to DA and stock providers for their commitment and I'd love to see this series as huge collaborative project, and if you're a model and would like to participate here are the requirements :
- send me a link to your stock gallery : high resolution stock is preferred of course, but don't be shy to show me your pics even if they're low-res !
- ladies only ! I dont think I will need male stock for the time being.
- all styles and looks are accepted, and if you don't mind being turned into a fairy, a mermaid that'd be a plus (I think I always do tasteful artwork, so no worries about that)
- outside DA and commercial use allowed : since this series might end up as a book or art show or whatever outside DA, I would appreciate a priori permission for outside use, which would allow me more liberty to present the project with -at least- print permissions in hand. Of course everyone will be contacted before anything is published for individual conditions and retribution whenever possible, I am always very careful about that. Feel free to pm me about if you have any question !
Then on saturday I went to Angoulême for another signing session in a bookshop and am just back home, to complete 5 new book covers, to be up and ready for 2015
Last but not least, please welcome my 2015 calendar ! Let me know if you grab it ^^
Arjen got in touch with me a couple of months ago for he had appreciated my work on Stream of Passion's A War of Our Own and proposed me then to create artwork for this new project. Photographer Bullet Ray was hired to do the promo shoot, and the result of this team work is what you can see below :
PRESS RELEASE : Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Star One, Guilt Machine) & Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gathering, Devin Townsend Project) have joined forces for new band The Gentle Storm, and they have now revealed the cover artwork for their debut album ’The Diary‘, which is due out early next year. Arjen had this to say:
“I loved the front cover of the last Stream of Passion album, so I tracked down the cover artist, Alexandra V. Bach. I sent her some samples of the The Gentle Storm music, and explained the album concept. She made a moodboard that captured the feel of the story and the music. We then gave her the go-ahead to design the cover. She did an amazing job that exceeded our expectations: Alexandra’s cover art represents The Gentle Storm perfectly!”
Having originally worked together back in 1998 on Ayreon’s album ‘Into The Electric Castle‘, and reconvening again for the seventh Ayreon album ‘01011001‘, The Gentle Storm sees the duo collaborate for a full double-album that will see the light of day next year. Anneke will also take the music on the road in 2015, backed by a band of Dutch musicians; however Arjen himself will not take part.
Arjen Lucassen recently picked up the Virtuoso award at this year’s Progressive Music Awards, in front of an audience that included Peter Gabriel & Rick Wakeman amongst other progressive rock legends. Last year saw the release of the latest album from his Ayreon project entitled ‘The Theory Of Everything’ which featured guest appearances from the aforementioned Wakeman as well as Steve Hackett and Keith Emerson.
Anneke Van Giersbergen has also had an extremely busy 12 months following the release of her latest solo album ‘Drive’, playing live across the world with her solo band, Devin Townsend Project, and with Daniel Cavanagh of Anathema. She will also be playing a special anniversary show with former band The Gathering in November as well has having taken part in Devin Townsend’s forthcoming new album Z².
THE GENTLE STORM online: