If you're interested in Contacting Doug
- for Illustration work
- regarding creation of original art (not necessarily for publication)
- to inquire about the purchase of original art or prints,
- for events
- or for other art and illustration related questions
he'd be happy to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org
Doug still needs to pay rent, feed himself by doing commercial work, so please spare him requests to work without compensation.
Born in the United States in 1973. Doug Kovacs grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, playing with Star Wars figures, then GI-Joe, and later graduating to Dungeons and Dragons and other RPGs (which he continues to play to this day). He drew his way through High School, avoiding involvement in most things but art class, where he cultivated a love for all forms of painting. At 16 he thought he invented cubism, but then realized he was wrong. In 1996 he received a BA from Columbia College Chicago, however over four years of school it was never mentioned that the internet and digital media might completely change the world. Then they did. Since then he has adjusted , and has worked on varied projects including, interior mural painting, collectable trading card illustration, role playing game illustration, concept art, T-shirt design, and for many clients, both public and private. He now continues to study his craft in numerous forms from a third floor room , west facing, in the neighborhood of Albany Park, ensconced in the city of Chicago within hearing range of the CTA brown line. He continues broadening the number of subjects he's illustrated and narrowing his own visual language in images that he believes would never come into existence without the application of his own personal gumption.
To find out something about what He's doing now or to see scheduled appearances , visit his blog ; The Drain Chamber.
Above: photo of Doug Kovacs thinking about death
"It has come to my attention that there are various themes and symbols in what I call my Art as opposed to my Illustration which may need further explanation to be fully understood by those not familiar with my work. I will be featuring a subject called "Explainlightenment" on my blog: The Drain Chamber in which I will attempt to do so." --Doug Kovacs Artist/Illustrator
Where do you get your ideas from?
This is a complicated question. I've answered it an number of different ways, I suspect; though some people have used the same words, they may be asking different questions.. Here's one answer: I don't know..... but it's not that interesting. A better answer might be : Reading, looking at art, contemplation, and playing role-playing games have definitely conditioned my mind to come up with ideas. That's not much of a problem, but where do they come from? When I can, I like to try to make reference to other pieces of art from history, so that some pieces have their genesis in existing works of art. Illustrations usually have have their roots in the literature they accompany. There are more possible answers, but these seem enough for this context.
How long have you been drawing and painting?
I can't remember not drawing; with crayons or colored pencils or whatever. I started painting with watercolors around eleven or twelve. Oils and Acrylic came along in high school. I started using Egg Tempera just after college. It was chosen as an alternative to Oil due to an intolerance I believe I brought on myself by spending a summer in a basement . I painted in this basement and slept on the floor a few feet away from my easel. I do not recommend this, at least not when painting with Oils.
Why do most of your fairies have tails?
Fairy tales. If they didn't have tails they might be thought of as simply cute little creatures, benevolent and entirely acceptable. I don't think of faeries as immature or uncomplicated. I think of them as icons representative of females in general. On a more practical level, it can easier to omit wings in a compostion when I am more intrested in the small scale figure than its ability to fly, still inticating a certain faeness with a tail.
Will we meet again in heaven?
Who are your influences?
J.R.R. Tolkien, H.P. Lovecraft, Fritz Leiber, Philip K. Dick, Clark Ashton Smith, Steinbeck, Dostoevsky, Homer, Gary Gygax, Jethro Tull (the band, not the inventor) , Bad Religion, Iron Maiden, Pegboy, Gretchen Helfrich, Senor Alec Tompson, Mordecai, Omar Little, Coffee, Beer, Whiskey, Willard Mole, Pablo Picaso, Norman Rockwell, Jeff Easley, Alan Lee, Patrick Woodroffe, Arthur Rackham, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Caravaggio, Albrect Durer, Heironomus Bosch, Sargent, Turner, Bruegel, Wyeth (both), Goya, and many many more.