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Martin McKenna is an award-winning fantasy freelance illustrator and author based in the UK. He was born in London, and started out in illustration with work for fantasy & horror RPG fanzines in the '80s, in particular the H.P. Lovecraft-devoted Dagon. His first professional commissions came from Games Workshop for their magazine White Dwarf, and this began a long relationship with the company, illustrating lots of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay publications and the very first Warhammer 40,000 book, as well as many other GW books and board-games.
He has also produced game-related material for other publishers, including card art for Magic: The Gathering from Wizards of the Coast, and artwork for various publishers around the world including Scholastic, Time-Warner, HarperCollins and Oxford University Press, illustrating popular authors such as Anne McCaffrey, Raymond E. Feist and Harry Turtledove, as well as some classics including Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde and The Silver Sword. Martin was also a prestigious winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Artist.
As an author, Martin has written several books about digital art including Digital Fantasy Painting Workshop and Digital Horror Art, and edited Fantasy Art Now published by Collins. In addition to work in publishing, he also completes commissions for concept and production art for computer games, and film and television productions which have included the BAFTA-nominated The Magician of Samarkand for the BBC, and most recently Gulliver's Travels for 20th Century Fox.
Over the years he has illustrated many of our most popular Fighting Fantasy titles such as Return to Firetop Mountain, Talisman of Death, City of Thieves, Island of the Lizard King, Howl of the Werewolf, Spellbreaker, Curse of the Mummy, Bloodbones, Eye of the Dragon, Legend of Zagor, Temple of Terror, Armies of Death and Trial of Champions covers as well as interior artwork also.
The Official Martin McKenna Website
Martin McKenna Art Gallery