Doug Hoppes

Doug Hoppes - Designer

Hillsborough, NC, USA

Dark Fantasy Illustrator and concept artist. I create paintings geared towards emotional feeling rather than tight rendering.

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Hi, I'm Doug Hoppes. In the past, I've mainly worked with small independent publishers creating dark fantasy covers for their comics and books. Also, I create creature designs and paintings for game systems such as Necromech and the Cellarius Project. In the cases of games, the creature paintings were used for interior design for their monster manuals and their rule books.

As a dark fantasy illustrator, my primary focus is on creating an image that portrays an emotional feel. I make heavy use of textures and silhouettes so that a person understands what is going on, but I don't tell them the whole story. This way, they can bring part of themselves to the cover and only has a glimpse of what is happening in the story.

When working with authors, I typically will create several digital paintings so that we both can understand what type of story information that we want to tell the reader. Once the digital painting has been approved, the next step is to transfer the drawing and then create the oil painting.

Work experience


January, 2017 – Present (about 4 years)

Worked with various small independent book authors for cover designs.
Also worked on interior concept paintings of creatures for game companies

Gallery Painter

Doug Hoppes Studio, LLC
January, 2011 – January, 2017 (about 6 years)

Gallery Landscape oil painter

Doug has 4 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Michael Glenzel
Doug did a fantastic job with my book cover. I would work with him again the future.

Michael Glenzel, January 2021

Ashlee Snell
This guy right here !! Extremely professional and quickety quick. Doug ~ You listened to my thoughts, saw my vision and brought my character to life. Thank you for being a part of my dream !!

Ashlee Snell, September 2020

Charles Quaas
Working with Doug allowed me the chance to appreciate true professionalism. I recommend his services wholeheartedly to anyone who wants perfection manifested.

Charles Quaas, September 2020

Doug Hoppes
Thanks! It was a lot of fun working with you. Good luck on your book. You've got some good ideas in it.

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Alexander Grass
Doug was very easy to work with. From the get-go, he sent me many different options in terms of style for the book design. And then, within a week, Doug had sketches of four different types of cover designs. The one I ended up choosing was incredible; it was impactful, in fact–one of my editors called it "haunting." I can't recommend Doug enough.

Alexander Grass, August 2020

Doug Hoppes
Thanks, Alexander! I'm glad that you were happy with my service.

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