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Les Edwards/Edward Miller
LES EDWARDS was born in 1949 in Walthamstow, East London. He began his illustration career immediately on leaving the notorious Hornsey College of Art in 1972. In the years that followed he became a stalwart of the UK illustration scene, acknowledged for both his versatility and his professionalism. He has worked for all the major UK publishing houses and for many in the US, and his work has also encompassed advertising, gaming, record and CD covers, and movie posters.
He has illustrated two graphic novels based on stories by Clive Barker—Son of Celluloid, about an ambulatory cancer, and Rawhead Rex, which tells of the adventures of a baby-eating monster and has absolutely no connection to his own views on children. Both books were critically acclaimed.
Although best known for his fantasy and horror images, he has in fact worked in a variety of genres and still seeks to do as wide a variety of work as possible. His paintings are to be found in private collections in both Europe and the US.
While he began his career working in gouache, Les swiftly abandoned this medium in favour of oil paint, which he found to be both more flexible and subtler. He applies the paint to a smooth, gessoed board and uses various media to aid rapid drying. He does not use an airbrush—an instrument that he describes as "the work of the devil". There is a good deal of preparatory work involved in the form of drawing, not only to establish a composition but, also to define character, if that is necessary. His fascination with the human figure and portraiture clearly permeates all his work and he pursues this interest with regular attendance at a life class. Les seeks to create pictures with an immediate eye-catching impact, often eschewing the ever more elaborate style of some of his contemporaries in favour of simpler, more direct images.
This is an approach emphasised by his formal compositional sense.
In recent years Les has also taken to painting under the pseudonym "Edward Miller" in order to do a different kind of work and use a more romantic style. This work has also become popular, and Les now pursues both careers with equal enthusiasm.
In 1995 he was Artist Guest of Honour at the World Science Fiction Convention. He has been voted Best Artist by the Bright Fantasy Society on seven occasions and has been nominated in that category every year since 1994. He has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award for Best Artist five times (his alter-ego, Edward Miler, won it in 2008). He has been nominated for five Chesley Awards.
Les has worked on many covers for the Wizard and Puffin Fighting Fantasy series including Chasms of Malice, Sky Lord, Daggers of Darkness, Vault of the Vampire, Master of Chaos, Siege of Sardath, Return to Firetop Mountain, Caverns of the Snow Witch, Revenge of the Vampire and Demons of the Deep. He has also worked on three Wizard Books Fighting Fantasy books - Creature of Havoc, Crypt of the Sorcerer and House of Hell.
In addition to his work on Fighting Fantasy, Les has produced illustrations, posters and covers for many books, including posters for the films Nightbreed and The Thing, cover art for Metallica's early single, Jump in the Fire, two graphic novels, Rawhead Rex and Son of Celluloid, based on short stories from Clive Barker's Books of Blood.
Les Edward Links
The Official Les Edwards Website
The Official Edward Miller Website