Bio: Cliff Cramp


Creative Ace Studios - Cliff CrampI enjoy old things; old cars which I like to tinker on, old houses which I would like to live in some day, old furniture which I like to restore, and elderly people who I enjoy talking with. I live with my wonderful wife and two energetic boys in sunny Southern California.

My artistic influences include John Singer Sargent, Howard Pyle, Harvey Dunn, NC Wyeth, James Montgomery Flagg, and Dean Cornwell. My contemporary influences are too numerous to list.

In the year, 2000, a studio fire destroyed more than ten years of my artwork. After the fire, I switched to digital painting media for much of my illustration assignment work. I’ve received award-winning status on CGTalk, the largest online community of professional illustrators using digital media. I continue freelance work while serving as area coordinator for the illustration program at California State University Fullerton. I teach illustration courses in traditional and digital media.

My illustration work spans a wide range of genres in the entertainment industry; including background painting for animation, storyboard and visual development art for feature film, CD / DVD cover art, board games, editorial and book illustration. My paintings have been exhibited in many international juried competitions. Clients have included LucasFilms, 20th Century Fox, United Artists, Hollywood Records, Nickelodeon TV Animation, Disney Entertainment, Penguin Books, Philomel Books, Ingram Micro, Dik Entertainment, Menagerie Creative and more.

My illustrations can be seen on covers such as Lucasflims/ 20th Century Fox Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu Ray, Star Wars: Episodes 1 2 3 on Blu Ray, Star Wars: Episodes 4 5 6 on Blu Ray, Hollywood Records Plain White T’s Wonders of The Younger CD, 20th Century Fox Marilyn Monroe Special Anniversary Collection, and many more.

My work has also been featured in Corel Painter 11 and 12.


John Dadlez - Writer - Good Husband -  Great DadI’m a stay at home father of nine year old triplets (two boys and a girl) and a seven year old boy. I’m a downsized computer professional, laid off seven years ago, took the offered package and haven’t looked back since. My wife went back to teaching, she’s great at it, and I get to be home with the kids and work at what I do; usually when the kids are at school or very late into the night.If you saw my resume you’d think one of two things. “My, what unique and diverse individual“, or “This jackass can’t hold a job”!  Marriage changes all that, especially marriage and kids. It changes if you want to make a go of it. I’ve known guys that have never changed, but I did.

So, the point I’m making is that I have a lot of life experience in many different areas. It all shows up one way or another in my writing.

I’ve been writing short stories for as long as I can remember. I’ve lost most of them or only created them in my head. I never thought my writing ability was any better than the next guy.  People who had read my stuff told me I was good and that I should take it seriously, so I am.

The stories that are presented on this and other related websites are mostly collaborative works with my illustrator friend Cliff Cramp.  We think up the concepts for the stories, I write and he illustrates. It’s a total team effort. I hope you enjoy them as much as we have in making them a reality.

We have a lot more projects in the works and we’ll keep the websites updated on a regular basis.


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