A Few Words About Troy Marcy Photography

I’ve had the honor of following Troy Marcy’s work for several years now, and I can, without hesitation, attest to the fact that this man is a true artist, a student of the craft, and an ethical person.  Furthermore, he’s a good friend.

Troy’s passion for photography is evident with each and every photograph he creates. Many can take a picture, to be sure, but only some have an undefinable ability to produce drama, majesty, and mystery within those boundaries. Troy is one such talent. In particular, his nature and wildlife shots take my breath away on a regular basis.

Consequently, Troy does not relent when it comes to learning new methods. I’ve had many a technological conversation with him concerning his equipment and software, and I’ve understood none of it. He never stops learning, he never stops studying, and he never stops trying to take the perfect picture with the resources available. In fact, he’s been known to labor over a single photograph for hours upon hours in an effort to achieve excellence.

Which leads me to my next point. If you hire Troy Marcy, you will get his best work possible. This is a man who has a passion for photography, an insatiable desire to capture art. He is not out to get rich. He has no desire to fleece clients. His fares are more than reasonable, and his principles are always strong. He truly wants to make his clients happy, which is why he’s been known to go above and beyond for each photograph he takes on a client’s behalf.

As you can tell, I count Troy Marcy among my friends, but that doesn’t guarantee a positive word when it comes to skill or behavior. I am critical and objective when it comes to both art and business, and Troy Marcy excels at each. It is with supreme confidence that I recommend his work and his integrity to you.

Visit his website HERE.

A Few Pictures From “The Illustrated Journey Of An Unknown Author (Thus Far)”

On July 14, 2014, I had the honor of speaking to an audience at the Normal Public Library in Illinois.  I decided to make things interesting by not only talking about my journey as an author, but by illustrating the journey.  I’ve never before sketched in front of a large audience, but it went very well.  I had a fun time, and I think the audience did, too.

I want to thank the Normal Public Library for having me, especially Meghan Rogers who contacted me about the event.  Thanks also to the family, friends, and library patrons who gave me their time.

In case you missed it, here are a few pictures …

Scott William Foley at the Normal Public Library

Scott William Foley

With Batman

Getting Started With Batman

Drawing Nut Hut

Drawing Nut Hut

Drawing Dr Nekros

Drawing Dr. Nekros

With Warrior Angel

With Warrior Angel From Souls Triumphant

A Brief Video Message From Scott To You

In order to convince you to join me at the Normal Public Library on July 14th at 7:15 p.m., I’ve gone against my best judgement and created a video featuring yours truly.  Remember there will be stories, sketches, laughs, questions, answers, prizes, books, and signatures at the event. This is a family friendly affair, so please do bring the kids.  I’ll give away all sketches, and they will be on paper the size of a poster.  Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

PS –  The first person who direct messages me with the subject “I want that!” will receive the sketch seen in this video.  It will arrive by mail, so include your home address.

PPS – Special thanks to my wife for filming this lunacy.

Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself Illustrated by Allen Crawford – A Book Review

I firmly believe the publishing world must always adapt, evolve, and break new ground.  This book does just that.  Yes, it is Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself, unaltered and unabridged.  However, Allen Crawford blended art and text to create something entirely new, all while still honoring the original poem.  Each page progresses the poem and integrates it with art.  At times, the text is virtually unreadable because it twists and turns, but it always serves a purpose, it always works in tandem with the illustration.

This book is like a riddle in that you must reposition it in order to read every page, you must study the illustration on each page to decipher its relevance to the text; in short, you must pause and ponder.  That’s not a bad thing.

If you only want a copy of Song of Myself, this book probably isn’t for you.  Like I said, it is at times virtually unreadable.  Rest assured you can find thousands of versions of the original poem in bookstores, online, or in any English textbook beginning at the seventh grade level.

But, if you appreciate Song of Myself and want to see it in a new light, this book will delight.  If you desire to see something a little different from the publishing industry, this is a superb example.  If you love art, text, and any combination of the two, this book is for you.

Or maybe you just want to see an item that exemplifies blood, sweat, and tears, and you want to reward the creator’s hard work by saying, “You did something unique, honorable, and interesting.  I want to support your efforts by purchasing the book.”

Whatever the case may be, if you fall into any of the previous categories, I truly think you’ll enjoy this book.

Shout Out to Jude Landry

Every once in a while I like to give a shout out to Jude Landry.

Jude is an amazing artist.  He’s won all kinds of awards and when I needed an artist to design the cover to my book, Andropia, he immediately sprang to mind and he nailed it.  My basement is literally full of Jude’s artwork.  He does play posters, festival promotions, font design, illustration work, book covers, CD covers – he can literally do anything you need.

Lately, my wife and I have been trying like crazy to find art for our daughters’ playroom.  Kristen suddenly remembered seeing some children’s art posted by Jude and realized it would be a perfect fit.  We got in touch with Jude, and within a matter of days, the art was printed and mailed.

Jude is a fantastic artist, a conscientious vender, and a wonderful person.  I urge you to visit his website and I know you’ll find something you’d love in your own home.

Pay him a visit at:

http://judelandry.com/

I’ll post pictures of the children’s art he mailed us as soon as they arrive!

Andropia Vs. The Dark Knight Rises

* This post is taken from Jude Landry’s blog: http://judeinitaly.blogspot.com/2011/07/andropia-vs-dark-knight.html .  Jude is the incredibly gifted artist who designed my Andropia cover.  He brings up an interesting argument …

“The new Dark Knight film released a poster yesterday that is very similar to my book cover for Foley’s ANDROPIA, which I designed in 2008/2009. My cover features a sideview of a human head with the sun located in the brain area. The Dark Knight poster uses the same concept but with some slightly more photorealistic graphics and the sky in the shape of the Batman symbol. They probably didn’t rip me off; the chances they saw my cover are very small. Pretty interesting, though!”

So what do you say, readers?  An amazing coincidence, or does Jude have a fan in pretty high places?

Andropia Is Here!

My latest book, Andropia, is now live and available for purchase.  I like to think of it as philosophical science fiction, heavily influenced by the world events of the last five years as well as classic works of literature such as Brave New World, 1984, and Fahrenheit 451.

Andropia is the world’s last city, a utopia for its citizens known as Andropians.  They exist to please the Maker, he who created them in his floating Citadel.  Andropians cheerfully question nothing as they go about unnecessarily purifying air, cleaning water, and raising livestock.

When Isaac arrives from the Citadel, his many questions lead other Andropians to compare him to the deviant Amelia.  Soon Amelia and Isaac’s paths cross, and she persuades him to help rescue their people.  For she long ago discovered a suspected harbinger of destruction, an object that could mean the end of life as they know it.

Isaac and Amelia invade the Citadel and confront the Maker, but nothing could have prepared them for what they learn and their final fates.

To get your signed copy of Andropia, simply follow the link:

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=KYL4N7D8D4XHG

or send $13.95 to:

Scott William Foley
P.O. Box 174
Normal, IL  61761

The shipping is free, and please allow up to three weeks for delivery.

If you’d like to read the first few chapters, click on this: Andropia Sample Chapters!

Andropia is also available at Amazon.com:
http://www.amazon.com/Andropia-Scott-William-Foley/dp/1450222366/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1274142161&sr=1-1

and Barnes and Noble.com:
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Andropia/e/9781450222365/?itm=1&USRI=andropia

I truly hope you’ll give Andropia a try!

Sincerely,
Scott

Check Out Jude Landry’s Cover To My Latest Book!

Jude Landry is someone who will be revered one day as an artist … mark my words.  Originally a friend of a friend, I asked Jude almost two years ago if he’d design the cover for a book that I planned to release.  Because I  loved his previous work, I knew Jude would come up with something fantastic.  And so he did.  Best of all?  I like to think we became great friends in the process.  Behold Jude Landry’s cover to Andropia:

Be sure to visit Jude Landry’s website and look at his amazing work by clicking HERE!

And don’t forget, you can use PAYPAL to order a signed copy of Andropia by clicking HERE!

RE: VERSE STRIKES AGAIN!

Dear Educators, Librarians, Writers, and Poets,

Downtown Bloomington’s TheatresCool is excited to again present RE: VERSE, a night of poetry reading and performance. All ages are welcome to attend this open mic event, and anyone fourteen or older is encouraged to perform an original poem or dramatic reading. We’d like to keep this a monthly event, so please help it continue!

This month’s RE: VERSE will be on December 8th from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. It’s a free event, but $5 donations are greatly appreciated.

Know a poet who would love to take part? Forward this message to him or her! We are thankful for any help you can provide in facilitating the love of art. This rare venue is such a great opportunity for our artists, let’s not squander it!

Here’s a link to the location and its address:

http://www.theatrescool.com/
403 N. Main Street
Bloomington, IL

Questions? Feel free to get in touch and I’ll answer them.

Sincerely,
Scott William Foley

All-Ages Open Mic Night Needs Poets and Performers

Dear Educators, Librarians, Writers, and Poets,

Downtown Bloomington’s TheatresCool is excited to present RE: VERSE, a night of poetry reading and performance. All ages are welcome to attend this open mic event, and anyone fourteen or older is encouraged to perform an original poem or dramatic reading. We’d like to make this a monthly event, so please help make the inaugural session a raving success!

RE: VERSE will begin November 10th and occur the second Tuesday of every month from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. It’s a free event, but $5 donations are greatly appreciated.

Know a poet who would love to take part? Forward this email on to him or her! Do you have a space where poets and performers frequent? Print off the attached poster and put it up! We are thankful for any help you can provide in facilitating the love of art. This rare venue is such a great opportunity for our artists, let’s not squander it!

Here’s a link to the location and its address:

http://www.theatrescool.com/
403 N. Main Street
Bloomington, IL

Questions? Feel free to get in touch and I’ll answer them.

Sincerely,
Scott William Foley