Timothy Bradstreet

Eisner Award nominated illustrator ,Tim Bradstreet, was born February 16, 1967 in Cheverly, Maryland. Primarily a self-taught illustrator, he has been working professionally since graduating from high school in 1985. Forgoing institutional art instruction, Tim joined Fantasmagraphics in 1986, where he worked for two years with fellow illustrator Steve Venters. Under the guidance of Venters, Tim began illustrating role-playing games, honing his skills while pursuing his lifelong ambition to draw comics.

In 1990 he hit the ground running with industry legend Tim Truman on Dragon Chiang, and never looked back. Over the last seventeen years Tim Bradstreet has illustrated everything from trading cards to comic books to book covers. He began illustrating role-playing games with GDW’s Twilight 2000 and FASA’s Shadowrun.

Tim’s ground-breaking work on White Wolf’s Vampire: The Masquerade established him as a critical and counter-culture favorite, and it wasn’t long before he began illustrating for major comic publishers. Tim has since drawn for hundreds of comic and game related projects including FPG’s Dark Age, Myrmidon’s Armageddon, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein for Topps, Dark Horse’s Hard Looks, Another Chance to Get It Right, X-Wing Rogue Squadron, and Lost in Space, Clive Barker’s Age of Desire, Marvel's The Punisher and Blade, and Vertigo’s Gangland, Unknown Soldier, Human Target and Hellblazer.

In 1997 Tim was voted Best Artist By the Horror Writers Guild of America. In 2001 Tim joined director Guillermo Del Toro as a conceptual artist to help visualize the film "Blade 2." In the fall of 2002, Tim begins a new direction with a line of art books called "Archetype." Subjects in Archetype will range from Vampires and Bounty Hunters to the long awaited world of Bradstreet's "Red Sky Diary."

Among his many artistic influences, Tim cites illustrators such as Gene Day, Jim Steranko, Paul Gulacy, Jean “Moebius” Giraud, Tim Truman, Eniki Bilal and Mike Mignola, as well as film directors and cinematographers too numerous to name. Bradstreet has been sharpening the edge of fantastic illustration, mesmerizing legions of fans and critics alike with his seductively hip style and darkly alluring characters. Blending together equal parts classical portraiture, cinematography and graphic design, Bradstreet takes a uniquely post-modern approach to character illustration, deconstructing the familiar icons of speculative imagery and reassembling them into mysterious and gothic tableaus of intimacy, strength, hostility, eroticism and despair.

His predatory characters pose with languid grace, powerfully self-confident, locking gazes with you as if daring you to shrink back or look away. Facing the denizens of Bradstreet’s harshly lit imagination is as much an act of bravery as it is of observation, and you cannot help but come away from the experience altered by the dark power and terrible beauty of these dangerous images. Bradstreet currently has his sights set on taking his character Gallows and the story of Red Sky Diary to the silver screen. Tim and wife Missy reside in San Diego, California.

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