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Earlier this week my friend, consumate artist, and Force of Nature Bryan Gibson died. Bryan was a fellow Traveller artist, back in the '80's, part of a brotherhood including Rob Caswell and myself, who tried to bring consistency to the illustrations found in the game. More than that, Bryan was a HUGE, boisterous  and enthusiastic soul, brimming with ideas. I remember as some of my very best art memories, sitting late into the night at cafes at Gencon,busily sketching with Rob and Bryan, talking, challenging each other and trading off sketchbooks.

He defined the visual essence of many of the Traveller alien races-the Droyne, especially. His tech designs were unique and well-thought-out, and almost always triggered an urge to go PLAY the game we spent so much time thinking about. He took the rather bewildering concpt of Traveller's Powered Armor suits-Battledress- and gave it a functional, elegant but utilitarian visual design which instantly defined it, and much of the higher tech military visual design.

I've heard, and can well believe, he was the game creator, Marc Miller's favorite character artist. I can well believe that. Bryan had an uncanny ability to define a unique, interesting, and ALIVE character with just a few pencil strokes. He was fast, too. He'd have a rough finished usually before I could wrap my head around the concept of what I was supposed to be drawing.

On top of all his skills, he was also a huge, friendly, funny and enthusiastic soul. And that is what I will probably miss the most.

So farewell, Bryan. I will strive to take some of your spirit, and artistic insight, forward.
-Tom

Vurushi by Sabakakrazny Explorers by Sabakakrazny Cargo Devil workpod and cargo handling craft by Sabakakrazny Droyne Scout with Wings by Sabakakrazny System Defense Boat by Sabakakrazny The Marines by SabakakraznyRepairs in the Key of 0g, in color by Sabakakrazny

This past weekend was the 34th Capricon in the Chicago area- a big science fiction convention which encompasses gaming, anime, film, filk, and SF literature. I was this year's Artist Guest of Honor, and the convention was incredibly fun and amazing. I'll post soon with some stories about the Con.

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Tom Peters is an illustrator, graphic designer, and writer. His early career included serving as Technical Illustrator at Interstel, subcontracting to NASA, supporting several projects related to the Space Shuttle.
Tom served as the Technical Editor for Digest Group Publications, as well as providing many illustrations within the DGP product line, producing material for the TRAVELLER RPG.
Tom has provided art work for almost every version of Traveller, including MegaTraveller, Traveller: The New Era, Marc Miller’s Traveller, and GURPS Traveller.
In addition to his illustrations for Traveller, Tom has provided art work for West End Games’ TORG, Game Designers’ Workshop’s Traveller:2300 (later changed to 2300 A.D.), Space:1889, and Challenge magazine , FASA’s Renegade Legion, and Battletech games, among others. He was part of the design team that created Crimson Skies.
Tom’s involvement in the Game Industry continued through the ’90s, moving from the paper and pen field to computer gaming. He joined Virtual World Entertainment, Inc. In 1992 as an artist, working on concept art, interface design, and visual game development. He then migrated to graphic and marketing design and finished with the company as the Marketing Art Director. His completed computer game projects include TESLA BattleTech and Red Planet, Microprose’s MechCommander, Hasbro Interactive’s Axis and Allies: Iron Cross, and Microsoft’s MechAssault.
As a freelance Illustrator, he has provided cover paintings for acclaimed authors Sharon Lee and Steve Miller’s Liaden Universe Companion 1 and 2, as well as two of their Chap Books. He has worked with Science Fiction author Allen Steele on the visual and functional design of the spacecraft in Steele’s novel Spindrift.
Tom currently lives in Illinois, just west of Chicago, with his wife, Diane, and 4 semi-autonomous Greeligs. He works as an Adjunct Professor at DuPage Community College, teaching Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and other digital graphic tools, and continues his career as a graphic artist and illustrator.

Current Residence: Just west of Chicago
Personal Quote: If God could do the tricks we can do, he'd be a happy man!
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• I maintain there is much more wonder in science than in pseudoscience. And in addition, to whatever measure this term has any meaning, science has the additional virtue, and it is not an inconsiderable one, of being true. [Carl Sagan, The Burden Of Skepticism]

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Appreciate the fave :)
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Thanks for joining auroracollective.deviantart.co…! I hope you enjoy your time with us! Welcome to the Collective! Let me know if there's anything that I or we can do for you and we look forward to seeing you and your beautiful art around! :D
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Happy birthday!
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Fuck Llamas, have a happy birthday you artistic son of a bitch!
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LatinVimes Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday, Mr. Peters!
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