Thursday, December 15, 2011

Stephen King in Atlanta

My wife and I got to spend a few minutes alone with Steve last night. He was in Atlanta to sign his new novel 11/22/63.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Title Frontis for Bag of Bones by Stephen King

This illustration appeared in five European editions of Bag of Bones in 1998 and, since then, it has been sold to more foreign publishers.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Pete Rose Portrait for Sale--after 30 Years!

I did this pencil stipple portrait of Pete Rose in 1979. The drawing, which measures three feet square, won First Place in Drawing at Arts Fourth in Jacksonville, Florida, 1980. The piece was sold to a collector in Arkansas in 1981. It has just been passed down to the niece of that collector and her name is Shannon Flanagan. Shannon would like to sell the drawing. If you are interested in learning more, please call Shannon at 940-367-9948 or email her at  I concentrated a lot of my time in the late seventies and eighties on fine art and collectors of my work include Jim Walton of Wal-mart Stores and Frank Darabont, director of The Green Mile and Shawshank Redemption.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Children's Stories by My Brother, Tom Geyer!

Here's a departure from talking about myself all the time.  Check out my brother's website. Tom Geyer's children's stories have been published in a Florida magazine called First Coast Parent.  And, in 2009, Tom published a middle-grade novel with Trafford Publishing. Check it all out here!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Book Giveaway on Goodreads!

The Inquisitor's Apprentice book giveaway on Goodreads! Enter now!



Home of the NYPD Inquisitor Books

Author Chris Moriarty gives a history of New York City and its people around the time that The Inquisitor's Apprentice was set--in the early 1900s. She discusses The Lower East Side, Coney Island, Chinatown, Hell's Kitchen, Little Italy, and Harlem and what life was like in those days. She talks about growing up in Manhattan and how some of the characters in Inquisitors are based on members of her extended family. And, Chris has posted several of my illustrations that appear in the novel. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

New York City, circa 1900, for The Inquisitor's Apprentice

My editor at Harcourt Children's has just given me permission to show more of the thirteen full-page illustrations that I did for The Inquisitor's Apprentice. (Book I hits stores October 3rd.) Here is the title frontis page map of Manhattan. Remember that the novel takes place at the beginning of the twentieth century. 

Monday, August 15, 2011

More Green Mile remarques.

I just did remarques in a set of the Dutton Signet paperbacks. Here are a few of them:


Friday, August 12, 2011

Going through my past work...

For Hallmark Cards

I worked on the Rainbow Brite project for Hallmark Cards when it was conceived back in the mid 1980s. I did this and several other pen & inks and another artist added color to them. This is Red Butler.

Friday, August 5, 2011


This is a remarque I did in a Hodder (U.K.) edition of The Green Mile. I do no preliminary sketches in pencil because book paper is soft and absorbent and you don't want to start erasing on it. The collector wanted an electric chair. I started drawing in ink, beginning at the top and working my way down but not really knowing where I was going: I wanted something more ghoulish than the chair I did for the Dutton chapbooks, so I did not mind the distortions that came with having made no preliminary sketch. And, the collector was very happy with it.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Check out the new Inquisitor Apprentice website!

Author Chris Moriarty has created the very best website for the much-anticipated Inquisitor's Apprentice!
Here's the link:   Chris offers a history of New York City and its people around the time that the novel was set--in the early 1900s. She discusses The Lower East Side, Coney Island, Chinatown, Hell's Kitchen, Little Italy, and Harlem and what life was like in those days. She talks about growing up in Manhattan and how some of the characters in Inquisitors are based on members of her extended family. She will be posting some of my illustrations from the novel once the book is out--October 3rd.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Going Through My Files...

Here's a portrait I did of biologist Edward O. Wilson for World Watch magazine.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


        Most people in publishing know what a remarque is, but for those who don't: a remarque (pronounced ree-mark) is a small, personalized drawing that an artist adds to a print or book. I do them on the title pages, as most illustrators do.
        Today I did remarques in two sets of The Green Mile for two different collectors, six chapbooks per set. Here's an example:
        Tomorrow I'm doing a remarque in a copy of Rose Madder that a collector has sent me. I'm going to do something more than the small drawing of a rose that I've done in the past: I want to do a viney rose that takes up more of the title page. Later this week I'm remarquing a set of the Dutton paperback chapbooks of The Green Mile for someone else. The paper is very absorbent and will require a different pen than that used on the Subterranean hardback set.
        I'm adding a News & Reviews page to my website. I've just started it. Here's the link:

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

One of the illustrations I exhibited twenty-nine years ago at Westport West Gallery in Kansas City

       Mark English is the most awarded illustrator in the history of the Society of Illustrators in New York. In the 1980s Mark and his ex-wife Peggy owned and ran Westport West Illustration Gallery and it featured the work of America's best illustrators, people like Bernie Fuchs, Bart Forbes, Bob Peak, and Alan Cober. For some reason they included me too, though I had very little on my resume. Mr. English asked me to lunch and I almost got sick from nerves. He said my work was fantastic. I'm sure I responded with something self-effacing. He said: I hope that you don't learn so much that it ruins what you already have. I'll never forget that. I think he meant don't let technique smother instinct. Here is one of the pieces I exhibited there in 1982.                                                    

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Horror/Fantasy Anthology by PS Publishing 2010

Here's one of the illustrations I did for PS Publishing's 2010 anthology
The Company He Keeps

Edited by Peter Crowthers and Nick Gevers
Illustrated by Mark Geyer
ISBN-10: 1848630492
ISBN-13: 978-1848630499

PS Publishing, United Kingdom / Published 09/01/2010

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Drawings I did as a kid; my mother, etcetera..

                                                                        Age six:


                                                                      Age nine:




           I used to love to make up aerial views of farms and roads that vanished back into the mountains. I was very interested in perspective.  All of my trees were leafless--I was more interested in the structure of the tree or maybe it was because leafy trees are difficult to draw. I never had much use for color. Now I use prismacolor colored pencil over ink when color is required. I do not like to paint. In college classes I used to mix up way too much paint in trying to reach the color I wanted. I don't enjoy the clumsiness of the brush. I can paint, but it gives me a dumb feeling, as if I'm a child, making mud pies in the wet dirt.  

          My mother was a great influence on all of us. Whenever we'd bring home a project that we had to do for school, we'd clear everything off the kitchen table and get down to business. It was great to have her help on a map, a poster, a diagram, or a drawing. She always wanted us to take a very ambitious approach. She might as well have been saying to us: "Okay. Now. Let's see. How would daVinci approach this?" Italians might talk with their hands, but my mother talks with her entire body.

          Here's a drawing she did of me back then:

           My mother, Joan Lavigueur Geyer, is 81. We like to talk on the phone about art: what the other one is doing, etc. She's a botanical artist. We all went to D.C. last October to see her work on exhibit at the Smithsonian. The same work will be on exhibit at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, U.K. this June thru October. She grew up in New York City, attended the Phoenix School of Design, held several studio jobs in Manhattan, painting designs on children's furniture, illustrating for ASTA Travel News and Nature's Path magazines, working for a French hat designer, etc. She has exhibited at MOMA. Here's a picture of my mother, Joan Lavigueur Geyer, my daughter, Anna, and my niece, Lily. Anna is an art student at Portland State University and has had one and two man shows of her work. And, Lily is just plain adorable.

           My mother's father, Roch Oliver Joseph Charles DeLage deLavigueur, born in 1885 in Montreal, was a landscape artist and architectural draftsman. He did the most beautiful pencil drawings I've ever seen--except for some of my mother's work. Roch's father designed wallpaper for a living.