Since the 1970’s the paintings of visionary fantasy artist Michael Fishel have been seen worldwide as
posters, prints, jigsaw puzzles, art cards and calendars. In 1976 his art was published by the Big O
poster co. U.K. along side artists Roger Dean, Rodney Matthews, Robert Venosa, Mati Klarwein and
H.R. Giger among others. During the 1980’s Michael illustrated RPG books for TSR Hobbies better
known now of course as Dungeons & Dragons and later he painted cover art for books by H.P. Lovecraft
and Richard Adams. Michael’s painting’s were created to be enjoyed by everyone so sit back, relax, dream a little
and let yourself slowly wander through the wonderful enchanting worlds of this extraordinary artist. -
A project that I spent the better part of two years designing and self publishing is a book titled The Art Of Big O. The text was written and edited by author Nigel Suckling with a foreword written by artist Roger Dean. The book was a joy to work on and a true labor of love for me to produce. My own paintings were published by Big O posters UK in 1975. It was a special time for me as an artist and I'm glad I had a chance to share my paintings to the world during that exciting period in art history thanks to Big O. It's a great book and I bet you would enjoy it too!
Featured below are links to information about the book. The book is available in many indie book stores and is being distributed by Diamond Comics and Bud Plant Comics currently in the U.S. and the U.K. It is also available to be purchased on amazon.com in a hard cover, soft cover and a Kindle e-Book. There are also original 1970's Big O art card sets available to purchase on eBay.com and a short video documentary filmed about the history of Big O posters U.K. and interviews with some of the artists of Big O can be seen on vimeo.com.
Other projects that I enjoy producing are short video animations. In some like the one titled Octopus Garden below I've literally used my original oil painting images and animated them digitally to life so to speak. I've also produced more commercially oriented animations using Adobe Flash software. My portfolio of these can be found at the website activeden.com. Over the years many of my paintings have been reproduced as jigsaw puzzles by various companies. I guess it must be all of the detail I put in them that makes them so popular with jigsaw puzzle lovers. Posters and prints of my paintings can be found at posterlounge.com and posterservice.com as well as many others. During the 1980's I illustrated role playing books for TSR Hobbies better known now of course as Dungeons & Dragons. On the link below are some examples of my B & W drawings from that period. More info about reproductions of my art can be found in the links here within my website.