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Moz Chops

Moz Chops - Designer

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Artist for the legendary Heavy Metal Magazine, with over 20 years of fantasy & sci-fi illustration for books, video games & comics.

Overview

I’m a UK based artist with 20 years professional experience with some of the biggest media developers and publishers during which time I’ve been responsible for producing concept art, promotional illustration, graphic design, and storyboards for a number of popular franchises and original IP’s belonging to Harper Collins, DC, Marvel, Nickelodeon, Games Workshop, Ubisoft, Acclaim, THQ and many more companies.

I have recently been honored as cover artist for the legendary Heavy Metal Magazine, joining the ranks of Moebius, Giger, Corben, Royo and Frank Frazetta. Heavy Metal are currently serializing my graphic novel ‘Salsa Invertebraxa’, chosen for the cinematic storytelling I brought to my work. In Editor-in-Chief Grant Morrisons’ own words “...it’s beautiful and so unique. You’re never going to find that at Marvel or DC, or even Image.“

I began my career working under the aegis of major companies in the video-game industry. Overseas work spanned the USA, Australia, Hong Kong and SE Asia, covering a wide range of projects, from the ironclad mythologies of Warhammer, Hellfire and Heroes of Might & Magic, to the spandex-stretched realms of Batman, Fantastic Four, and the prismacolor insanity of Spongebob Squarepants, Jimmy Neutron; Boy Genius and Rocket Power. I was the principal designer and concept artist for cult radio-controlled car racing hit Re-Volt.

Recent illustration projects are Clark Thomas Carltons’ fantasy novel Prophets Of The Ghost Ants and Ubisofts' Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands.
Currently freelancing from my UK basecamp in Cambridge.

Strengths
• Traditional background in illustration.
• Ability to quickly produce beautiful work.
• Enthusiastic leader and energetic team player.
• Can summon brilliant and elegant ideas and solutions.
• A veterans eye for good composition, layout and details.
• Award winning record in establishing and executing ground breaking ideas.

Specialties
• 2D CG art
• Character development with iterative designs.
• Publicity and marketing level illustrations.
• Storyboards and story-based illustrations.
• Research gathering and material references.
• Graphic design + logos
• Layouts and pre-press formatting
• E-book formatting

Services
Languages
English
Fiction
Adventure Children's Picture Books Comics & Graphic Novels Fantasy Historical Fiction Horror Humor & Comedy Science Fiction

Certifications

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) ILLUSTRATION University of the West of England, 1994

Awards

  • Best Art & Artist in Comics /2012 - 9th Annual A$$ie Awards (AICN Comics)
  • Best Cover Art /2012 - 9th Annual A$$ie Awards (AICN Comics)
  • Aurealis Awards Nominee - Best Graphic Novel / 2012
  • NVIDIA Corporation High IQ ‘Best of Class’ Summer 1999 for Visuals (Re-Volt)

Work experience

Illustrator / Concept Artist

Self-employed
December, 2005 – Present (about 12 years)

Portfolio (6 selected works)

Prophets of the Ghost Ants (The Antasy Series)

Clark Thomas Carlton

Both familiar and fantastic, Clark T. Carlton’s Prophets of the Ghost Ants explores a world in which food, weapons, clothing, art—even religious beliefs—are derived from Humankind’s profound intertwining with the insect world. In a savage landscape where humans have evolved to the size of insects, they cannot hope to dominate. Ceaselessly, humans are stalked by night wasps, lair spiders, and m... read more

Both familiar and fantastic, Clark T. Carlton’s Prophets of the Ghost Ants explores a world in which food, weapons, clothing, art—even religious beliefs—are derived from Humankind’s profound intertwining with the insect world. In a savage landscape where humans have evolved to the size of insects, they cannot hope to dominate. Ceaselessly, humans are stalked by night wasps, lair spiders, and m... read more

Heavy Metal #280

Grant Morrison

Grant Morrison's inaugural issue is a 140-page effort that includes seven comic stories from an international group of artists.Grant Morrison opens up the issue with a tale he contributed himself, "an old school sci-fi twist-ender" entitled "Beachhead" drawn by Benjamin Marra, whim Morrison describes as a "grand guignol genius." "Time Served" is a twisty sci-fi short by Kyle Charles and Michae... read more

Grant Morrison's inaugural issue is a 140-page effort that includes seven comic stories from an international group of artists.Grant Morrison opens up the issue with a tale he contributed himself, "an old school sci-fi twist-ender" entitled "Beachhead" drawn by Benjamin Marra, whim Morrison describes as a "grand guignol genius." "Time Served" is a twisty sci-fi short by Kyle Charles and Michae... read more

Heavy Metal #281

Grant Morrison, Dean Haspiel, Erika Lewis, Jamaica Dyer, John Mahoney, Enki Bilal, Ed Luce, Edgar Roggenbau, Ryan Heshka, Stoya, Mozchops

Welcome to the "SEX SPECIAL". Grant Morrison continues his run as Heavy Metal's new Editor-In-Chief with his ongoing story BEACHHEAD. Option 3 by Grant Morrison and Simeon Aston. "LUV U" by Edgar Roggenbau and Patricio Delpeche. Zentropa (part 1) by John Mahoney. HM's publisher, Kevin Eastman presents his first HM Cover! Also continuing are Eniki Bilal, Erika Lewis, and J.K. Woodward's The 49t... read more

Welcome to the "SEX SPECIAL". Grant Morrison continues his run as Heavy Metal's new Editor-In-Chief with his ongoing story BEACHHEAD. Option 3 by Grant Morrison and Simeon Aston. "LUV U" by Edgar Roggenbau and Patricio Delpeche. Zentropa (part 1) by John Mahoney. HM's publisher, Kevin Eastman presents his first HM Cover! Also continuing are Eniki Bilal, Erika Lewis, and J.K. Woodward's The 49t... read more

Heavy Metal #282

Donny Cates, Zeljko Pahek, Grant Morrison, John Mahoney, Craig Wilson, Enki Bilal, Leonie O'Moore, PIETRO, Diego Agrimbau, Dwayne Harris, Dylan Burnett, Bill Sienkiewicz, Mozchops

Heavy Metal 282, our Sci-Fi Special, is Here!—This is the one you've been hearing so much about, featuring the winners of our Threadless Cover Contest.Highlights of this issue include two stories by the team of Grant Morrison and Rian Hughes: the verbose and trippy "Industria," and the wordless, mysterious "The Key." Pahek's "Gavrilo C-914″ takes us to Sarajevo in the year 3914, while the gall... read more

Heavy Metal 282, our Sci-Fi Special, is Here!—This is the one you've been hearing so much about, featuring the winners of our Threadless Cover Contest.Highlights of this issue include two stories by the team of Grant Morrison and Rian Hughes: the verbose and trippy "Industria," and the wordless, mysterious "The Key." Pahek's "Gavrilo C-914″ takes us to Sarajevo in the year 3914, while the gall... read more

Salsa Invertebraxa

Mozchops

"My favorite thing right now - it's beautiful and so unique!" - Grant Morrison, Comics Writer "Dr. Seuss meets Darwin, like nothing you've seen before!" - Annalee Newitz, io9.com "A beautiful book perfect for display or sharing with children." - Beth Scorzato, Spandexless.com "It is so beautiful, what a triumph of the imagination!" - Nikki Meier, Design Junkies "Luscious, vivid and intense" - ... read more

"My favorite thing right now - it's beautiful and so unique!" - Grant Morrison, Comics Writer "Dr. Seuss meets Darwin, like nothing you've seen before!" - Annalee Newitz, io9.com "A beautiful book perfect for display or sharing with children." - Beth Scorzato, Spandexless.com "It is so beautiful, what a triumph of the imagination!" - Nikki Meier, Design Junkies "Luscious, vivid and intense" - ... read more

HEAVY METAL #283 CVR A (MR)

Various

Grant Morrison's run as Editor-In-Chief continues as the October issue focuses around Fear! An original story by Morrison with art by GERHARD (Cerebus) called "The Smile of the Absent Cat" will amaze. Other stories continue like "Zentropa" by John Mahoney and Salsa Invertebraxa by Mozchops

Grant Morrison's run as Editor-In-Chief continues as the October issue focuses around Fear! An original story by Morrison with art by GERHARD (Cerebus) called "The Smile of the Absent Cat" will amaze. Other stories continue like "Zentropa" by John Mahoney and Salsa Invertebraxa by Mozchops

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