Posts Tagged ‘City of the Gods’

In the last couple of years, I experimented with creating book trailers and Kickstarter trailers, like the one for Deluxe Tunnel & Trolls and for the 2nd City of the Gods book. Not wanting to lose those skills, I’ve been working on videos that are samples of the upcoming City of the Gods audio book.

I posted one Audio book sample a few months back and now I have completed a new one that gives you a real feel for what a typical chapter is like. To make it more interesting, I have reverse-storyboarded this scene,  by creating images that go with the text. Because City of the Gods is illustrated, I have made, found and amassed a huge archive of images that I can draw upon in order to create these storyboard frames. The art is not meant to be a perfect representation; (I could have spent years putting such a thing together.)  In this case the art is just meant to augment the text as you listen. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to listen and watch it. Whether you’ve read the read the book or not, I think you’ll find the scene engaging. Lots of action and some insight into the main character of the story, D’Molay.

Here’s a couple of images from the video too. I’ve created these by digitally adjusting, merging and enhancing classic paintings and engravings (mostly from the 19th century) along with a bit of my own art.

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We are working now to finish the third book in the series as work continues on the audio book for the first novel. Let me know what you think of the samples in the comments section or email me at

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I’m working on so many projects that are fantasy and sci-fi related, but are taking place in very different arenas, (games, comics, novels, cards) that I thought I needed a place where I could sort of bring them all together and let fans of my comics know about my gaming art and fans of City of the Gods know about my trading card and other fantasy work.  So now you can see it all in one place.

I owe Liz Danforth a big thanks for for sitting me down and telling me that I need to do a better job of promoting ME as an artist, instead of just working in the background and letting the project I’m working on be the only thing that let’s people know who I am and what I’m up to.  By the way, if you want to see what Liz is up to, check out her blog here:

I’ll try over the next week or so to post about each of the major projects I’m currently involved in.
For now though, let me touch on the main things I’m working on this month:

Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls – This is actually a lot of books and items for the dT&T RPG.  I just finished the additions to Dungeon of the Bear and it will go to press in the next few days.
Here’s a link to our dT&T Blog:

Topps Mars Attacks Sketch Cards – Yes Topps hired me to create 100 hand drawn sketch cards for their upcoming set of Mars Attacks cards.  I already have 10 full color cards finished!
Details here:

City of the Gods – I just got the new Art of the Gods book done for Comic Con.  It’s a 48 page full color collection of the art I have created for the City of the Gods novels, games and comics.  I’m really proud of this book – it came out great.
See it at Amazon:

There are several more, but these are the biggies.  I hope that this blog will become the place for fans of my work to find out a little more about me and the other things I’m doing.  I know I have a lot of clients who are probably not aware of who else I’ve done work for, so now maybe they’ll think of me for different jobs, besides just illustrations or pre-press.  I also do logo design, maps, marketing, web design, digital restoration and book design.   I’ve co-produced a movie, created successful Kickstarter campaigns, written articles, done game design and more.  You can see more about my skill set on my linked in page:.  My LinkedIn profile is here:

Want to find out more about the City of the Gods?  Go here:
See samples of my work?  Go here:

Ok I think that is a good start.  I’d love to hear your comments and suggestions on what you’d like to see me put on this new blog.  At the very least drop a comment of support or wish me well.  Thanks a lot for your time!  I’ll be posting more art and samples in the next few days, so stay tuned.

        —  Steven S. Crompton

PS: Here is another image from the second City of the Gods book.
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