A pleasing thing about the paper and ink version of Shadowplay
was its tendency to attract the sorts of people who approach art
forms in the way the rest of us approach whatever brand of potato
chips it is that you can't have just one of. Steve Hawkins, aka
Hawkeye, typified the type in an almost archetypally typical type
of ... I'm sorry, I just get tired thinking about these people!
point is he's good at lots of things and it only gradually crept
up on us how many skills he had, after he'd been with the magazine
for a while, doing some short articles and some extremely snazzy,
inventive and incurably Pagan page borders and decorations for
us. One thing he'd no talent at all for was blowing his own trumpet
so we only found out about his talents for smithying and bronze
casting almost by accident.
many of our other multi-talented but extremely unostentatious
artists, Hawkeye wasn't averse to a challenge either. Try creating
every one of the twenty-two Tarot Major Arcana out of bronze,
for instance. (I don't mean that you, yourself, should try it
at home. If you're at all like me you'd probably burn the place
down, lose the use of both hands and bronze your cat before you're
halfway through the Fool.) For more on Hawkeye and his work, flip
on over to his Interview.
Oh, and if you happen to be himself, drop us a line! Been out
of touch too long.