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Mark Zug

A small woman with wild brown hair and leather skins crouches. A desert nomad with blue on blue eyes crouches. A young woman with long black hair and a shotgun stands. An orc in a trench coat and a bowler hat smokes a large pipe.

The act of creation involves balancing many disparate impulses and inspirations. Mark Zug somehow manages to draw from both the highest potentials of human achievement, and the wildest energies of the natural… and unnatural worlds.

Mr. Zug’s works are raw studies of confidence and determination, and span many worlds of fantasy and science fiction, including early forays into Frank Herbert’s Dune and Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot.

An oddly enjoyable trait of Mark’s works are the unusual settings these characters inhabit: the backgrounds are nearly inseparable from the figures they frame. It seems almost that the subjects of Mark’s imaginations have spirits so powerful that they cannot be contained within their bodies. Their insistent will radiates out into their surroundings, molding and bending their environments. Perhaps this is a trait they share with their talented creator.

Written by in December of 2007. Last edited September 2014.

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Comments

  • D. Zug - February 22nd, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    You have no idea! How I love his work … but have seen it since he first picked up a pencil. LOL
    Your writing is remarkable. Thanks. ~ Hizmom