Paul Carrick, aka Night Serpent, was born and raised on Martha’s Vineyard, an island off the coast of Massachusetts, USA. His parents (Donald and Carol Carrick) were a well known illustrator/writer team that created many children’s books- the topics ranged from nature to even a little boy named Paul. Several of his childhood experiences were transformed into story books, and this exposed hom to the idea of publishing at a very early age.
In elementary school Paul discovered pen & paper role-playing games (Dungeons & Dragons, Call of Cthulhu, etc) and it captured his imagination- especially the illustrations! After high school, he attended the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence Rhode Island where he studied illustration. Only years before did Paul learn of H.P. Lovecraft, who not only lived in Providence but set many of his tales within mere blocks of the campus.
As school came to an end, Paul begin looking for work in the publishing industry working on the games he loved. He has now created hundreds of illustrations for numerous game companies (role playing and card games)
During high school Paul’s father passed away. This left his mother without an illustrator for future books, but seemed like an obvious choice for him to to try his hand at children’s book illustration. Paul has made two books with her, Mother’s Are Like That and The Polar Bears Are Hungry.
For a number of years Paul became somewhat obsessed with scratch-building models for table-top fantasy and science fiction war-games. This lead him to wonder how he could merge the sculpting methods of the games with his illustrations. He started writing his first children’s book Watch Out For Wolfgang, a story including rusty robots, mud and other elements inspired by his sculptures.
Since then, he has continued to illustrate on a freelance basis, paint private commissions, sell prints and resin statues as well as a variety of unusual art jobs. He enjoys interacting with a great variety of clients from all walks and locations.
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