About Charles Keegan



Charles Keegan has painted covers for Tor, Meisha Merlin, Baen Books and Del Rey as well as poster and card art for AEG’s “Doomtown” card game, and drawn interior work for Larry Elmore’s Sovereign Stone roleplaying game manuals.  Among his recent projects for Tor have been cover art for Tides of Darkness by Judith Tarr and Robert Jordan’s “Wheel of Time” series released by Starscape, Tor’s new young adult line.  Upcoming Tor projects include the cover painting for a new Conan novel by Harry Turtledove.  Recent projects for Meisha Merlin include art for Chains of Destruction by Selina Rosen and Parliament of Owls by Elizabeth Hilgartner.  Later this year the international gaming company Data Becker will release their newest venture “Highland Warriors” with a box cover featuring Charles’ art.  Charles continues to expand his line of art prints; his latest releases will be available at the Con.

 His paintings have been accepted into Spectrum: the Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art for the past several years.  Spectrum 8 included the painting “Held by Honor,” a piece which won Best in Show at the 2000 World Fantasy Convention in Corpus Christi, Texas and is now on the cover of Fire Logic by Laurie Marks (Tor, 2002).  Charles received a Judges Choice Award at the 1998 World Con Art Show and has been twice nominated for a Chesley Award.

 As a youth, Charles was strongly influenced by the writings of Edgar Rice Burroughs and Robert E. Howard.  Years of martial arts training, fencing, modern dance and SCA fighting have given him an understanding of physical activity that greatly enhances his work at the drawing board.  In January 1997 Charles appeared fighting with live steel in Discovery Channel’s Deadly Duels: Duels of Chivalry with internationally recognized edged-weapons expert Hank Reinhardt.

 Trained at the National Academy of Design and Art Students League of New York, he lives in Atlanta with his wife, Heather.

  • An Interview with Charles - conducted June 30, 2001 at ConSortium in Houston, TX by Master of Ceremonies Tony Elam

Part 1

Background & Schooling

Part 2

His Art and Process

Part 3

Advice and His Future Plans
  • An Appreciation - written by a good friend for the program book of ConStellation XVIII (Oct. 29-31, 1999 in Huntsville, AL), at which Charles was Artist Guest of Honor
  • Lists of Charles' published works - title and publisher lists with select images


Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.

Talent will not;
          Nothing is more common

          than unsuccessful men with talent.

Genius will not;
          Unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.

Education will not;
          The world is full of educated derelicts.

Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.


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