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:
Seriously I can't believe I have been a deviant for 11 years already ! Well, what can I say ? Happy DA Birthday to me first then a big (and I mean it) collective thank you to my DA friends, watchers and supporters who still keep commenting on my work and appreciating it ! As you know, DA litterally changed my life (and for the better), so I send a huge thanks to DA : I am still and more than ever grateful towards this community !
I joined as a total beginner, and now, I am living my dream day after day, I still create artwork with as much passion as the day I started and am blessed to be doing what I love (illustrating cd and books) for amazing artists and authors. This year of course has been very special since I released my first artbook, started collaborating with french biggest fantasy book editor Milady, and of course has been marked by my collaboration with Anneke Van Giersbergen and Arjen Lucassen for The Gentle Storm project (I created their logo and stuff tba). They are both amazing and highly talented artists, and working for them has been a great honor
In a couple of days I'll be heading to Paris for a three day book signing marathon and then be hitting the road for other signing sessions all around France ! See you there
On October 31, November the 1st and 2nd, I'll be in Paris for a three days signing session of my artbook Requiem over at Salon Fantastique (great fantasy book con), and I cant wait to meet you guys there again. Last year was a blast, and I expect this time to be even greater !
I created an event on FB so you can join and stay informed : www.facebook.com/events/694838…
Je serai en dédicace au Salon Fantastique de Paris les 31 Octobre, 1er et 2 Novembre prochains ! J'espère vous y voir nombreux, et pour être informés de mes horaires de présence sur le stand des Editions du Chat Noir, vous pouvez vous inscrire à l'évènement ici www.facebook.com/events/694838…
Well, so I just created banner and logo for Anneke Van Giersbergen and Arjen Lucassen's new project called The Gentle Storm
Make sure to follow them for more infos and news regarding their new project !
Both Anneke and Arjen are amazing artists, that I've loved for many years, show them support and add them on FB !
Well, it's time to tell you about my story here, and how everything started. I joined way back 2003, and have been an active member since then (I became a senior in 2007).
It all really started thanks to Ashlie devildoll who introduced me to the site and conviced me to create an account though I was a complete beginner. I never did photomanipulation before joining Deviantart, and as soon as I joined, I felt the urge to create. I was sort of amazed by the art of aleksandra ladymorgana and furiouskitten and instantly knew that I had to try.
Way back then, (I was unemployed at that time), I used to create an artwork per day (now I am happy enough to create a personal artwork per month). And I practiced a lot. I learnt so much from all the tutorials, from the comments and feedback, and managed to create some interesting pieces (after some time, let's be honest, it didn't work out overnight ^^).
And look at that face, I was sooo goth (haha) :
To make a long story short, in 2005, a canadian band called Kooper Kain contacted me to use one of my pieces as their cd artwork, I agreed...and the rest is history ! More and more bands became interested in my work, in 2007 I even worked for Kamelot, then Adagio, and I was lucky enough to start my own company. Now I am a freelance digital artist, I have the opportunity to create artwork for artists that I love (Stream of Passion), authors, bands, establishing publishing companies, I released an artbook and I recently started licensing my artwork. All of this wouldn't have happened without DA, and I know how much I owe to this fantastic community.
I send many good wishes to all of you people who support me, who keep on commenting on my artwork, who stood by me along the long way, to all of you that I finally met (winteravalon MaliciaRoseNoire for example), the ones I'm dying to meet next time I'll be in Scotland (fourteenthstar !) or in Blamont (MythridArt) & the one who wrote a book with me, my friend The-Underwriter ^^
I also think about exceeds and the great time we had releasing artpacks with fensterer Aeirmid MarcelaBolivar and so many great artists.
A big hug to my lovelies MariaAmanda and Elandria
Last but not least, I am thankful for the six daily deviations I received.
To conclude, here is a selection of my all-time favourites :
From the bottom of my , I wish you all a great DA Birthday !
It's been a long time, isn't it ? I hope you're all doing alright and that you're having a nice summer vacation, as I do
Since June, life has been hectic, and I got commissionned so much that I couldn't find the time to create a single piece of personal art. Whatever, summer is here, and I am already working on a new piece.
First of all, (and I am still pretty in shock about it) I won first prize in 'A Song of Ice and Fire' official fanart competition organized by french publisher of the book, J'ai Lu / Flammarion, with my artwork Mother of Dragons, and won a drawing by french illustrator Marc Simonetti. Let me tell you that I couldnt believe it and am still mega happy about it !
During the last months, I did many book covers , if you missed one of them, make sure to check my official FB account
As usual I still have many artworks in progress, seven book covers, and new personal art. Then, but I still have time to talk about it, I'll be in Paris for a signing session (end of October) ^^ of my artbook Requiem www.amazon.fr/Requiem-Alexandr…
Love & light,
Did you know that I released my first artbook, Requiem ?
Co-written with excellent author and friend Arnaud Armant The-Underwriter and available since the 1st of November 2013, it’s been released through French publishing house Editions du Chat Noir (Graphicat collection), and since then has become their number five bestseller !
Requiem has received many positive critiques from french readers and press, and has even been nominated for best artbook 2013 on Vampires&Sorcières webzine.
Requiem has been reviewed and noted :
9.22/10 on Booknode.com
4.33/5 on Goodreads.com
18.7/20 on livraddict.com
Moreover, Requiem has been translated into english by Patrick Marcel, who is official translator of A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R Martin in France ! Such an honor for me !
Make sure to get your copy from Amazon.com or on my editor website
Signed copies are available too, feel free to message me about it !
First Stream of Passion revamped their website with some art I created for their new cd and let me say that it looks really great www.streamofpassion.com/
I also designed Tshirt merchandising to compliment the cd release with an original artwork featuring Marcela Bovio (pic by Tim Tronckoe)
Then I also opened a merchandising store on Society6 with exclusive goodies such as bags, mugs and throw pillows featuring my artwork :
Make sure to visit it on society6.com/AlexandraVBach/ba… !
I have also completed three new book covers and am about to start three new ones, as well as a new personal artwork that I'll reveal pretty soon !
Look what the cat dragged in ! Here's my copy of the new Stream of Passion album, with my artwork as cover art (photo by Tim Tronckoe) and inside artwork (layout designed by Martijn Peters)
Are you planning to get the album ? Stream of Passion is a very great band and I am so happy of our collaboration
I am now off to a well deserved vacation break ! Make sure to follow me on www.facebook.com/pages/Alexand… for more art and news !
Here are some pics for you :
Make sure to see all the pics on my facebook page here www.facebook.com/media/set/?se… and to follow me ^^
Un tout petit message en français pour remercier ceux d'entre vous que j'ai rencontrés/vus/revus au Salon du Livre de Paris ! J'ai passé un excellent moment et ai dédicacé avec plaisir de nombreux romans (Iced, Vampire Malgré Lui, Les Soeurs de la Lune, etc) durant cette formidable journée ! Un grand merci à mon éditrice de m'avoir invitée et à très bientôt pour une prochaine séance de dédicace !
There's a contest running right now on Requiem Facebook fanpage to win 3 signed Requiem bookmarks !
Make sure to enter from today until sunday !! Contest is international ^^
Good luck to all of you !
So after some months, it’s about time to do a quick recap regarding my artbook Requiem !
Requiem is my first artbook, co-written with excellent author and friend Arnaud Armant The-Underwriter and available since the 1st of November 2013,
It’s been released through French publishing house Editions du Chat Noir (Graphicat collection), and since then has become their number five bestseller !
Requiem has received many positive critiques from French readers and press, and has even been nominated for best artbook 2013 on Vampires&Sorcières webzine.
Requiem has been reviewed and noted :
9.22/10 on Booknode.com
4.33/5 on Goodreads.com
18.7/20 on livraddict.com
To do the promotion of the book I did many signing sessions (Paris, Angouleme, Bordeaux, etc), and am invited to Le Salon du Livre de Paris (France’s most prominent literary event) www.salondulivreparis.comwww.s… to sign Requiem on Sunday, 23th of March !
We also wanted to please international readers, so we had it translated by Patrick Marcel, French official translator for A song of Ice and Fire (so let me say that English version is just badass ^^)
Ok, if you haven’t already, make sure to get your copy from the editors website or from amazon, and to join the fanpage to receive all the latest news regarding the book and the upcoming signing sessions !
Do you like it ? I so love it and really enjoyed creating it ^^
Last but not least cover artwork for new Stream of Passion LP is complete, I hope you guys will love it as much as the band and I do ! It's been so great to work in collaboration with Marcela Bovio and Martijn (drummer / graphic designer). Can't wait for the album art to be revealed ! Album is out on the 18th of April !
Don't forget to check Requiem here www.amazon.fr/Requiem-Alexandr…
D'avance un grand merci à tous et à bientôt pour de nouvelles news
On an international note, I am now represented in Japan and China by an artistic agency.
Cd artwork won't be forgotten since I am expecting the Stream of Passion cover art to be done in a couple of weeks too,
Last big news for 2013, I am creating artwork for Stream of Passion upcoming album ! You can listen to Marcela Bovio announcing it in the video and german interview below :