JOEL CHAIM HOLTZMAN
Joel Chaim Holtzman
Illustrator / Concept Artist
Joelchaimholtzman@gmail.com

18-06-2019



Imagine FX Issue 176



I have received the great honour to have been featured in one of the most renowned digital art magazines; IMAGINE FX, Issue 176 ! I have provided the chance to showcase some of my favourite paintings that i made over the course of 2.5 years as well as a brief interview section that will hopefully get you to know me a bit better as an artist.
Best, JCH

21-05-2019

GOKTURK Preproduction Video part 1



As mentioned last week i am working on the movie GOKTURK, the rise of the first Turkic empire. I have already finished art for the project, which will be revealed later. For this video I have lend existing artwork that I have made to shape the world and help the preproduction


The First Gokturk | Pre-Production Part I: Our Idea and Passion

Best, JCH

16-05-2019



GOKTURK Artist



Big news, everyone. I have joined the concept art team for the Turkish movie GKTRK, by renowned director Alper Caglar. The movie is about the rise of the Gktrk Khaganate from the early dark ages; A rise from humble beginnings to become the greatest empire Asia had ever seen. Very happy to be part of the project, since it pretty much aligns up with personal artwork that i make anyway. More updates soon! Best, JCH

17-04-2019



Sami Druid



Hi everyone, New Personal painting, for my upcoming IP. A Sami (ancient finnic people) Druid. Since I aim to work for Magic the Gathering, i want to have a few paintings in my portfolio that have a similar compoisition and readability of a MTG card, hence the different approach of what i usually make. Very busy with freelance again, so i will do my best to maintain the weekly updates whenever i van! Model: my lovely girlfriend, Rebecca Best, JCH

10-04-2019



Tungusic Hunter



This weeks character! A Tungusic (People similar to the Siberians and Uyghurs) Hunter, 800 AD. For my Worldbuilding project Got a new workload so will do my utter best to make one for next week! Model: Chantall Kool Best, JCH

03-04-2019



Saxon



Hi everyone! Here is this weeks character from my worldbuilding project, a Saxon warrior, from the early 9th century. I imagine the Saxons having women in their ranks just like the vikings, so thats where the inspiration came from. Unlike the Bulgar warrior woman i wanted this lady to have a vibe that is reminiscent of Game of Thrones' ''Brienne of Tarth''. JCH

28-03-2019



Norseman



Hi everyone, I promised a new character every weerk for my worldbuilding project, so here you go, a Norse warrior from around 800 AD. I wanted to convey a primal feeling, but not too savage. The vikings have just started conquering and exploring so they have yet to be come the armoured and even classy kind. JCH

21-03-2019



Volga Bulgar



New painting for my worldbuilding project, a Volga Bulgar warrior from around 800 AD. More to come weekly! JCH

18-03-2019



Knight of Wands Blogpost

Hi Everyone! Here is the blog post about my painting ''Khazar Bagathur'' which I promised I would create. It contains a detailed description of my inspiration, reference usage and step-by-step, tackling my process and sharing what I learned from my mistakes. https://joelchaimholtzman.blogspot.com/2019/03/khazar-bagathur-2019.html?fbclid=IwAR1hlLd1I3sdoZNaOafM-ROPuGV22uvEf610LrX4PjsNEZ9eSkr6VoQADGs

13-03-2019



A Witch Shall be Born



Hi Everyone, Here i am with a piece from around half a year ago. For Modiphius' Conan the Barbarian RPG i had the privilege to reinterpret an iconic scene on the cover of Weird Tales Magazine (see in comment section) from the 1920's where Robert E Howard actually published his short stories. It shows the rise of the Witch Salome, subduing her twin sister, Taramis https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Witch_Shall_be_Born

20-02-2019



Knight of Wands, Khazar Bagathur



Hi everyone, New painting! Some time ago since i had the time to work on personal imagery. I have been swamped with freelance and i felt my personal creativity got a bit rusty, so i forced myself to pump this one out. I bought the ''Hermetic Tarot'' deck after being blown away by the art, and prompted myself to create artwork inspired by the cards from the deck. For this artwork, i was inspired by the ''Knight of Wands'' card. My aim is to start pushing myself to make more of these, inspired by Tarot, and hopefully make a deck out of it eventually. Art background: a ''Bagathur'' (meaning hero in old Turkic) from Ancient Khazaria, around 800 AD. Please let me know what you think! Always like to read comments. Best, JCH

26-11-2018





Had a blast speaking at Dutch Comic Con!

Happy that that so many people showed up, asked questions, showed their appreciation and went for portfolio reviews; Some standing in line for almost an hour. (Thanks for your patience!)



All the best,

JCH

27-11-2018



Ecology of the Asura

Here is the Chapter opener I painted for Pathfinder: Temple of the Peacock Spirit, released this month.



All the best,

JCH

8-11-2018



Son of Nineveh

Painting finished a few weeks ago. It's an historical setting around ancient Assyria, where the king shows his son his heritage; Armies, slaves and the capital of Assyria, Nineveh.



All the best,

JCH

27-9-2018



Relics of Dominion

Happy to announce a new personal painting! I am delving into history and mythology, this time I visited ancient Persia; Powerplays in the Sassanian kingdom.

Read the story here:http://joelchaimholtzman.com/throne.html



All the best,

JCH

18-9-2018



Into Valac's Realm

New personal piece finished! Long time ago since i had the time to finish one of these. Delving into antiquity and mythology once more.

Read the story here: http://www.joelchaimholtzman.com/Valac.html



All the best,

JCH

6-6-2018




Artwork for Scritch Scratch

I have the privilege to announce i was asked by Chaosium to create the artwork for the new Call of Cthulhu campaign ''Scritch Scratch'' Cover and Interior!
Was a fun and challenging job! Looking forward to receive my contributors copy.

All the best,

JCH

5-4-2018




New wave of clients

I have contacted (and have been contacted) by numerous clients that align with my industrial and artistic interests! Some of them i even aspired to work with for a while now. Its the most amount of work i had in a short time but a pleasurable experience nonetheless.

All the best,

JCH

26-3-2018




Speaker Dutch Comic Con 1 April

I have the privilege to announce I will be a speaker at Dutch Comic Con for the 2nd time! https://www.facebook.com/DutchComicCon/

Topic: Fundamentals of Illustration/Concept Art Date: Sunday 1 April Time: 14:00-15:00 Area: Gaming Stage

Besides your original ticket for the DCC, my event is free so make sure to be there when you are around!

After the speaking i will be providing the opportunity to have your portfolio reviewed.

All the best,

JCH

26-3-2018




Masterclass Illustration / Concept Art SAE 9th December

Hi Everyone,

I will be giving a masterclass about Illustration/Concept art at the school i work, December the 9th. I will be also be doing Portfolio reviews after the talk.

Its free, and tickets are limited so make sure to grab yours while they last!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1423560444427639/

All the best,

JCH

29-11-2017




I am working for the film industry now!

Hi Everyone,

I have the privilege to announce i am working for a European Film Company in association with a major Hollywood production.

I feel excited to be working on something of this scale. Cant tell anything about this new IP yet, but time will tell :-)

All the best,

JCH

28-11-2017




Changes regarding my Convention attendences and future plans

Last week i have been to the Dutch Comic Con as a speaker under the SAE banner and it was amazing! Had some cool interaction with my colleagues and a great time in general.

After this moment i decided i wont attend conventions at the artist alley to sell my art for the time being due to a full schedule.

You can buy prints at www.joelchaimholtzman.com .

However, If you would like to meet/hang out plans are in the works for more educational content which i will present, as a speaker on conventions and at the school i work..

All the best,

JCH

24-11-2017



All the best,

JCH

9-11-2017



Artist alley and Speaker at Dutch Comic Con 18th and 19th November

Sunday the 19th 11:00 I will talk about Character Design/Concept Art at the gaming hall under the SAE banner. I will be at the artist alley the entire weekend with my art.

All the best,

JCH

9-11-2017



Flagellum Dei

Hi Everyone, So here it is, my first finished battle scene ever; The Battle of the Catalaunian fields, where the titanic clash between Attila the Hun (Left) and the Romans (Right) was fought. It took some time to perfect it to my image; to get the movement, readability and other fundamentals flow with each other perfectly.

Read the story here: http://joelchaimholtzman.com/Attila.html



All the best,

JCH

30-10-2017



New position as art teacher!

I have the privilege to work at the SAE institute of the Netherlands, an international chain of private schools. I teach Fundamentals of painting/drawing and Concept Art. It has been a great experience so far and i learn alot. Looking forward to what the future will hold me at this position!

All the best,

JCH

21-9-2017



News section Opened!

Hi everyone!, from now on I'll be posting news here. I will do my best to update it as regularly as possible with new artwork, blogs, conventions and more!

All the best,

JCH

21-2-2017


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