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Taylor Payton

Taylor Payton - Designer

St Paul, MN, United States

I'm an Illustrator and Concept Artist specializing in Science-Fiction. I strive to create unique and skillful work that draws people in.

Overview

I'm a 27-year old artist hailing from the state of 10,000 lakes; we just call it Minnesota. As a kid I wanted to draw all of my favorite video game and anime characters - traces of which can still be found in my work today. I drew on my desk and all over homework assignments, and at the age of 14 I began animating.

After completing a few animations and working with coders to get some flash games made, I went to college for Media Arts and Animation. I was lucky enough to land an internship at Fantasy Flight Games in my senior year, and learned a great deal about graphic art while working on Warhammer DiscWars. Then I graduated in 2013 with my Bachelor's in that very field, and whilst many of my peers went on to work in agencies as motion designers, my heart always belonged to drawing, character design, illustration, and painting.

I followed that rhythmic organ in my chest, and in 2015 I was one of the 12 Illustrators from around the world to win the 31st L. Ron Hubbard Illustrators of the Future contest. I was flown to sunny California for a one-week intensive where I learned from some of the best in the creative industry. Lectures were given by Larry Elmore, Dave Dorman, Nathan Fowkes, and more. I felt so lucky to be able to bask in their insight and gain feedback for my work. I left with a renewed sense of artistic purpose, and I've used those lessons to the benefit of my clients ever since.

I've gotten to work in-studio on the TV Show True Monsters, and took the opportunity to do a few images for Mutant Chronicles by Modiphius. These are just some of the highlights of my burgeoning career.

I start by digesting the ideas as best I can, mulling them over and sometimes even meditating. Once I have a few mental pictures form, I begin sketching. When the sketches are appealing and readable, I send them to you. We usually discuss a few things and proceed with one or elements of each. Then the fun begins - bringing the final image to a fully-rendered state. I send you WIP updates along the way to make sure that things are proceeding properly. When we're both pleased with the final, we wrap, and you're the proud owner of a unique piece you won't be able to ascertain anywhere else.

Services
Languages
English
Fiction
Fantasy Science Fiction Urban Fantasy

Certifications

  • Bachelor's of Computer Science in Media Arts and Animation

Awards

  • 2015 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Award via Galaxy Press and L.Ron Hubbard Association

Work experience

Illustrator

Committee Films
August, 2014 – December, 2014 (4 months)

Created layered and modular illustrations for the TV show True Monsters.

Freelance Illustrator and Concept Artist

Self-employed
September, 2013 – Present (over 4 years)

Self-employed Artist working on a variety of projects in games, film, tv, private commissions, and books.

Portfolio (4 selected works)

Writers of the Future Volume 31 (L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future)

Orson Scott Card, Kevin J. Anderson, Larry Niven, Rebecca Moesta, David Farland, L. Ron Hubbard, Bob Eggleton, Kary English, Michael T. Banker, Amy H. Hughes, Daniel J. Davis, Zach Chapman, Krystal Claxton, Steve Pantazis, Sharon Joss, Scott R. Parkin, Martin Shoemaker, Auston Habershaw, T.R. Napper, Samantha Murray

The future is here…the future is now! Orson Scott Card, Kevin J. Anderson and Larry Niven have seen the future. Now, you can, too. A constellation of the brightest lights in the Science Fiction and Fantasy firmament have judged these authors to be the best, the brightest, the truest emerging stars in the field. From Alien Invasion to Alternate History, from Cyberpunk to Comic Fantasy to Post-A... read more

The future is here…the future is now! Orson Scott Card, Kevin J. Anderson and Larry Niven have seen the future. Now, you can, too. A constellation of the brightest lights in the Science Fiction and Fantasy firmament have judged these authors to be the best, the brightest, the truest emerging stars in the field. From Alien Invasion to Alternate History, from Cyberpunk to Comic Fantasy to Post-A... read more

Warhammer Diskwars Core Set

Set amid the constant warfare of the Old World, Warhammer: Diskwars is a game of ferocious, fast-paced tabletop battles for two to four players. At the heart of the game's conflicts are its disks, which represent heroes and units from across the Old World. During the game, you activate these disks, flipping them end over end to move them across the battlefield and position them to attack. With... read more

Set amid the constant warfare of the Old World, Warhammer: Diskwars is a game of ferocious, fast-paced tabletop battles for two to four players. At the heart of the game's conflicts are its disks, which represent heroes and units from across the Old World. During the game, you activate these disks, flipping them end over end to move them across the battlefield and position them to attack. With... read more

Mutant Chronicles

Jay Little

"THE SOLAR SYSTEM IS A ROARING MAELSTROM OF DEATH AND WAR THE INNER PLANETS HAVE BEEN SWEPT AWAY BY THE VIOLENT ONSLAUGHT OF THE DARK LEGIONS MONSTROUS HORDES AND UNDEAD SOLDIERS. IN THE ENORMOUS CITIES OF THE DISTANT FUTURE, HERETICS DEVOTED TO THE DESTRUCTION OF MANKIND STALK THE DARK BACKSTREETS AND GLOOMY ALLEYS, SPREADING THEIR TEACHINGS OF GREED, JEALOUSY, AND WAR. Mutant Chronicles take... read more

"THE SOLAR SYSTEM IS A ROARING MAELSTROM OF DEATH AND WAR THE INNER PLANETS HAVE BEEN SWEPT AWAY BY THE VIOLENT ONSLAUGHT OF THE DARK LEGIONS MONSTROUS HORDES AND UNDEAD SOLDIERS. IN THE ENORMOUS CITIES OF THE DISTANT FUTURE, HERETICS DEVOTED TO THE DESTRUCTION OF MANKIND STALK THE DARK BACKSTREETS AND GLOOMY ALLEYS, SPREADING THEIR TEACHINGS OF GREED, JEALOUSY, AND WAR. Mutant Chronicles take... read more

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